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Barbara Kopec Obituary

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Barbara Kopec

Hoboken, New Jersey

November 20, 1928 - June 6, 2024

Barbara Kopec Obituary

To all our friend’s and family, we are saddened to announce that our dear mother and family matriarch, Barbara Kopec, passed away on June 6, 2024. 


She was born on November 20, 1928, in Irvington New Jersey, the daughter of Anna and Thomas Schroeder. 


She is survived by her three sons, Scott, Glenn and Andrew, as well as her three grandchildren, Ryan, Troy and Lindsey. 

Barbara also had two daughters-in-law, Marilyn Gury and Lisa Gury. Lisa’s two sons, Daniel and Matthew, rounded out Barbara’sextended family. 

Barbara was also blessed with three great grandchildren, Ruby Smith, Michael Gury and Kelly Gury, and she got to spend quality time with all three.


Barbara’s back-story is, by any measure, remarkable. In her senior year of High School, Barbara (or “Babs” to friends and family) took the annual

Newark New Jersey “Scholastic Achievement Senior’s Test” where she achieved the 2nd highest score in the entire Newark school district. 

This was all the more phenomenal given Barbara often cut classes and rarely did homework. 

After graduation, and on a lark, Barbara modeled professionally for a year, during which she was casted as the principal model in several, full page Coca Cola print advertisements. 


Her heroes growing up included Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason. In fact, Barbara considered herself one of Sinatra’s first groupies, and

because Frank lived so close (less than a mile away from Barbara’s house on Tichenor Terrace), she would often “hang out” on the same street,

hoping to catch a glimpse. Though she never did, she would, on occasion, chat with a young Nancy Sinatra.


Barbara’s passions included Beach Haven, where her entire, extended, Polish-speaking family would all stay in one house. 

She loved Paris and London, and most of all – Florence Italy, home of history’s most iconic artists, and their work. 

(Barbara and her husband of 41 years, Mike Kopec, traveled extensively and in style.) Barbara was an exceptional illustrator

and water color artist herself, and she did her best work in her 60s, 70s and 80s. 

She was an avid reader as well, and could start and finish a Grisham novel in less than a day. 

She could also do the NYT Sunday crossword in ink, and finish in record time. (And then brag about it. Babs did not suffer fools.) 


And she enjoyed her “Canadian” on ice along with a bowl of red pistachios.

Barbara was the quintessential 1960s mom, though not so much the Doris Day type — far more the Betty Draper type. 

Widowed at 42 years old after her husband Karl died suddenly, Babs was left with raising two teenage boys and her live-in mother, Anna, by herself. 

Along the way, given there was no longer a breadwinner in the house, Barbara had to make certain sacrifices. And she did, and never ever complained. 

She was an amazing mother, and we were all happy to have her, and love her, for as long as we did.


In lieu of flowers, pease send any and all donations to “Keystone Human Services,” ATTN Kris Weaver, 4391 Sturbridge Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110. 


Keystone Human Services is a wonderful group of people who provide care for those afflicted with intellectual disabilities, like Scott Gury, in an actual home. Please include “in honor of Barbara Kopec” so Keystone knows who to thank, and why.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Barbara Kopec hosted by Lawton Turso Funeral Home.

To all our friend’s and family, we are saddened to announce that our dear mother and family matriarch, Barbara Kopec, passed away on June 6, 2024. 


She was born on November 20, 1928, in Irvington New Jersey, the daughter of Anna and Thomas Schroeder. 


She is survived by her three sons, Scott, Glenn and Andrew, as well as her three grandchildren, Ryan, Troy and Lindsey. 

Barbara also had two daughters-in-law, Marilyn Gury and Lisa Gury. Lisa’s two sons, Daniel and Matthew, rounded out Barbara’sextended family. 

Barbara was also blessed with three great grandchildren, Ruby Smith, Michael Gury and Kelly Gury, and she got to spend quality time with all three.


Barbara’s back-story is, by any measure, remarkable. In her senior year of High School, Barbara (or “Babs” to friends and family) took the annual

Newark New Jersey “Scholastic Achievement Senior’s Test” where she achieved the 2nd highest score in the entire Newark school district. 

This was all the more phenomenal given Barbara often cut classes and rarely did homework. 

After graduation, and on a lark, Barbara modeled professionally for a year, during which she was casted as the principal model in several, full page Coca Cola print advertisements. 


Her heroes growing up included Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason. In fact, Barbara considered herself one of Sinatra’s first groupies, and

because Frank lived so close (less than a mile away from Barbara’s house on Tichenor Terrace), she would often “hang out” on the same street,

hoping to catch a glimpse. Though she never did, she would, on occasion, chat with a young Nancy Sinatra.


Barbara’s passions included Beach Haven, where her entire, extended, Polish-speaking family would all stay in one house. 

She loved Paris and London, and most of all – Florence Italy, home of history’s most iconic artists, and their work. 

(Barbara and her husband of 41 years, Mike Kopec, traveled extensively and in style.) Barbara was an exceptional illustrator

and water color artist herself, and she did her best work in her 60s, 70s and 80s. 

She was an avid reader as well, and could start and finish a Grisham novel in less than a day. 

She could also do the NYT Sunday crossword in ink, and finish in record time. (And then brag about it. Babs did not suffer fools.) 


And she enjoyed her “Canadian” on ice along with a bowl of red pistachios.

Barbara was the quintessential 1960s mom, though not so much the Doris Day type — far more the Betty Draper type. 

Widowed at 42 years old after her husband Karl died suddenly, Babs was left with raising two teenage boys and her live-in mother, Anna, by herself. 

Along the way, given there was no longer a breadwinner in the house, Barbara had to make certain sacrifices. And she did, and never ever complained. 

She was an amazing mother, and we were all happy to have her, and love her, for as long as we did.


In lieu of flowers, pease send any and all donations to “Keystone Human Services,” ATTN Kris Weaver, 4391 Sturbridge Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110. 


Keystone Human Services is a wonderful group of people who provide care for those afflicted with intellectual disabilities, like Scott Gury, in an actual home. Please include “in honor of Barbara Kopec” so Keystone knows who to thank, and why.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Barbara Kopec hosted by Lawton Turso Funeral Home.

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