Bom-Wrapper

Helen Hopey

Helen Hopey (Kunsak)

Tuesday, May 6th, 1924 - Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Helen Hopey, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Helen Hopey

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Helen's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Helen's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Obituary

Helen Kunsak Hopey

On Apr. 7, one month shy of her 97th birthday -- the only thing she’s ever been shy of in her life.

Born May 6, 1924 in Manchester, grew up in Woods Run, longtime resident of Ingram and Crafton, then, later in life, Moon, Coraopolis, Bellevue, Vanadium Woods Village and finally Asbury Heights in Mt. Lebanon.

Daughter of John and Anna Kunsak; sister of John Kunsak, Ann Stefano, Agnes Rak, Margaret Hack, Elizabeth Bruce (all deceased), and Bill Kunsak of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Formerly married to Stephen Hopey of Preston.

She was a Pirates fan, liked to jitterbug and polka, enjoyed peach and butter pecan ice cream, apple pie, fishing and fish sandwiches at Eat‘n Park, the big band sound and banjo music, but not at the same time.

A tireless worker, energetic joiner, organizer, leader and spitfire, she held numerous volunteer and paying jobs, among them an air raid warden during World War II; Bell Telephone Co. switchboard operator; usher at the Benedum and Byam theaters and water aerobics instructor at the Sewickley YMCA.

She was a member of the Holy Ghost Byzantine Cathlic Church in The Bottoms of McKees Rocks; the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Archieparchial Choir; Lodge 390, Greek Catholic Union; the Carpatho-Rusyn Society; the Bethany Ministry; the Parish Pastoral Council; and for the last 25 years headed the church’s Friday pierogi kitchen, sometimes pinching the crew of pierogi pinchers with her brusk, no-nonsense leadership style. She was an Associate to the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown, Fayette County, since 1991, and initiated a project to place flowers at the headstones of deceased Saint Basil the Great nuns. She was co-chair of the 100 year anniversary celebration at Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in 2007, and a leader in the successful effort to fund a carillon bell system at the church in 2013.

In 2001, during a trip to Europe, she had a one-on- one audience with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, and proudly displayed photographic proof of that meeting on the walls of her many apartments.

She started and for 22 years operated Helen Hopey Catering, cooking and serving thousands of chicken breasts and halupki at hundreds of Saturday night weddings, a job that employed, and for the most part kept out of teenage trouble her five sons Stephen (Don) of Mt.Lebanon, James (Jim) of Lemont, Centre County, Mark of Spring Creek, N.C., Paul of Mountain Rest, S.C., and Glenn of Oreland, Montgomery County.

Mother-in-law to Carole Coyne Hopey, Diane Mirich, Tina Barnes Hopey and Nancy Miller Hopey. “Baba” to grandchildren Coyne, Jackson, Jessica, Lisa and David; and great-grandchildren Fisher, Alice and Riley.

Due to COVID-19 visitation will be limited. Friends can pay their respects on Wednesday, April 21 from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. in Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, Helen Street, McKees Rocks, PA, 15136. From 9:45 to 10 a.m. family members will make brief remarks at the church, followed by celebration of a Divine Liturgy. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Mount Saint Macrina Cemetery, 500 West Main St., Uniontown, 15401.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, 500 West Main St., Uniontown, PA, 15401; or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, P.O.Box 6686, Harrisburg, PA 17112; checks payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and include Logan Cook/Team Fisher on the memo line of the check.

To comply with Covid-19 restrictions, those in attendance are required to wear masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines in the church. The family understands that some friends will be unable to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read Less

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Helen

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | 9:00am - 9:45am
    When
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am
    Location
    Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church
    Address
    Helen Street
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania 15136
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church
    Address
    Helen Street
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania 15136
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Frank Firko
    Co-Celebrant
    Fr. Kevin Marks
  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | 1:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 1:30pm
    Location
    Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery
    Address
    Mt. St. Macrina Road
    Unintown, Pennsylvania 15401
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Helen here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Flowers
Kathryn Gunther sent flowers to the family of Helen Hopey (Kunsak).
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist
KG

Kathryn Gunther

Posted at 12:59pm
In Loving Memory, From Kathryn and other Friends of Helens Sons
Flower Image

Kathryn Gunther purchased flowers for the family of Helen Hopey. Send Flowers

Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: