Joseph Peter Konopka Jr.
Joseph Peter Konopka Jr., age 78, of Catskill, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Joseph was born July 26, 1942 in Saugerties, New York, the son of the late Joseph and Virginia (Giordano) Konopka Sr.
Joseph was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Academy in 1960. He then served in the United States Navy from 1960-1966. Joseph worked as an electrician for the U.S. General Services Administration (now Homeland Security). He later served as Branch Chief of the Northeast Division of the Federal Protective Service.
Joseph was a devout Catholic who attended Mass at St. Anthony’s Friary in Catskill for years. He prayed to Saint Padre Pio daily and passed away on the Feast Day of his favorite Saint. He enjoyed spending time with his family; and loved being outdoors, fishing and hunting. Joseph was also a long-time member and Color Guard at Saugerties American Legion Post -72.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Konopka of Catskill; three children, Dawn Marie (Timothy) Nazarian; Mary Jo (Michael) Verdichizzi, and Joseph P. (Kate) Konopka III; grandchildren, Nelson Fuller, Grace Fuller, Michael Verdichizzi, Anthony Verdichizzi, Nicholas Verdichizzi, and Zachary Konopka; brother-in-law, Ralph (Patty) Vendriesco; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call 2-6 PM Monday, September 28, at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Funeral services will be held 8:00-9:00 AM Tuesday at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie. Interment with full military honors will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.