Donald I. Kopenec
January 25, 1944 - December 30, 2020
Kish Funeral Home
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A celebration of his life will be held at a later date due to the virus restrictions. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus charity fund will be appreciated. 

Donald I. Kopenec, 76, of Munster, IN passed peacefully on December 30, 2020 from Covid-19 complications. He was born in Chicago on January 25, 1944 to Irwin & Rita Kopenec. Don graduated from Quincy College (University) where he met and married his college sweetheart Carol. Together, they spent 54 wonderful years of marriage. Don is…

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charles hall left a message on January 10, 2021:
Jane and I express our heartfelt sympathy to Carol and the entire Kopenec family. Don was a friend and valued colleague at Gavit. Don was a leader who could be counted on at all times to go the extra mile for his students and the school staff. Don was an outstanding teacher who had a positive influence on the lives of so many young people. God Bless you, Don. May you rest in peace.
Frank Lukawski left a message on January 9, 2021:
Carol and family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of Don. I have many fond memories of the times we spent together on our bus trips to Washington DC and New York City. Please know that you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Ronald Albrecht left a message on January 9, 2021:
My deepest Sympathy to Carol and family. Have fond memories of Don with the knight’s.You will be missed.
Susan Rousseau left a message on January 8, 2021:
Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers on the loss of Don. My best memory is I never saw him without a smile on his face! May God bring you comfort, especially during this difficult time. God Bless Susan Rousseau
Dianne T Gerling left a message on January 6, 2021:
Rest in peace Mr. K.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ken Kolar left a message on January 6, 2021:
In memory of Donald I. Kopenec, Ken Kolar lit a candle
Sherri Gerber-Ding left a message on January 6, 2021:
My heart aches for your family at the loss of your husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was one of the greatest influences of my youth. Always a smile on his face and a kind word. I pray you feel God’s presence surround you, giving you peace and comfort as you fondly remember Don. He will always be in our hearts. God bless.
John &Nancy George left a message on January 6, 2021:
At this time we are a loss for our words what to say to the family our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family at this time he will truly be missed
Hollie winkler left a message on January 6, 2021:
Best English teacher I had !
Hollie winkler left a message on January 6, 2021:
Best English teacher I had !
Hollie winkler left a message on January 6, 2021:
Best English teacher I had !
Bambi Bartley left a message on January 6, 2021:
Sending deepest condolences and prayers to the family.
Jane Eagan left a message on January 6, 2021:
I am sorry to hear this. Mr. Kopenec was a wonderful teacher and such a great person. He used to let me and my now husband sit next to each other 37 years ago! RIP.
Debbie Malloy left a message on January 6, 2021:
My condolences & prayers go out to Carol & family. I was a student at Gavit & Mr K would record our Gladettes routines for us. Always so supportive. Then I became a co-worker with him from 83-86. Such a fun guy & dedicated teacher. I got to see he & Carol when they traveled with the Gavit band to Hawaii. I looked forward to seeing him at the St Thomas More festival every summer selling tip boards. I missed seeing him this past summer 2020 since CoVID cancelled the fest. Now CoVID took his life. I’m sad to see you go but I know you will watch over all of us & be telling jokes in heaven. Much aloha RIP
Michael barron left a message on January 6, 2021:
He was a great guy and a wonderful. RIP sorry gor the loss
Wendy Depa left a message on January 6, 2021:
We are so sorry to about Don. Carol you and your family are kin our prayers . We are things all of you.
Matt Eichor left a message on January 6, 2021:
Dear Mrs. McCraw, I join your many friends in extending my condolences for the loss of your father. Interestingly I became acquainted with your father mostly through Facebook. He and I graduated from Quincy College the same year. I was a chemistry major and commuted – so we did not interact at Quincy. Once we learned of our common Quincy College experience we exchanged the occasional message on Facebook. I learned some grammar from him which I use frequently – you can probably understand that. I really loved his Laura & Hardy post and I will miss them and the other interactions that we had. Sincerely, Matt Eichor
Joyce Damron (Sissy Sleeth) left a message on January 6, 2021:
Carol and Family. I'm so sorry to hear about Cousin Don.My thoughts and prayers for the Family. Love Joyce
Joyce Damron (Sissy Sleeth) left a message on January 6, 2021:
Carol and Family. I'm so sorry to hear about Cousin Don.My thoughts and prayers for the Family. Love Joyce
Joyce Damron (Sissy Sleeth) left a message on January 6, 2021:
Carol and Family. I'm so sorry to hear about Cousin Don.My thoughts and prayers for the Family. Love Joyce
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Liz Hrapek left a message on January 6, 2021:
Mr.K~ You were the Most kind and caring Teacher and We all Loved You. You will be missed~ Thankyou for Your Yearbook You gave me when You heard mine had been destroyed. It meant alot because that was a Great Yearbook We all Made with You & Mr. Mullins~ Tell Mr. Gibson & Mr. Mahmet I said Hello~ 🙏📚 Liz Hrapek
Sandra Groves left a message on January 6, 2021:
Thinking of you today. So sorry for your loss.❤
Michael & Carole Mackey left a message on January 6, 2021:
Carol, Cindy, and family, We are so very sorry to hear about your loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was such an amazing man in our lives. The things that we learned from him during our time that we were going through our precana classes were beyond our expectations. The memories that he and Carol instilled in our lives will forever remain in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to the family. He will always be remembered by us! Michael and Carole Mackey
Kevin Martin left a message on January 6, 2021:
I'm so sorry to learn of Don's passing. I will always think fondly of this kind and gentle man. I knew Don through the Fun Days festival. As chairman I held him and Carol in the highest of esteem and respect for their unparalleled wisdom and devotion to a cause.
Kevin Martin left a message on January 6, 2021:
I'm so sorry to learn of Don's passing. I will always think fondly of this kind and gentle man. I knew Don through the Fun Days festival. As chairman I held him and Carol in the highest of esteem and respect for their unparalleled wisdom and devotion to a cause.
Kevin Martin left a message on January 6, 2021:
I'm so sorry to learn of Don's passing. I will always think fondly of this kind and gentle man. I knew Don through the Fun Days festival. As chairman I held him and Carol in the highest of esteem and respect for their unparalleled wisdom and devotion to a cause.
Naomi left a message on January 6, 2021:
Prayers for the family. I had him as a teacher and he was a good person. He will be missed.
Jerry Rouse left a message on January 6, 2021:
I had the privilege of teaching with Don at Gavit. What a wonderful friend!He and Carol were a devoted couple. They were active inHammond and Munster. He will be missed!
Jerry Rouse left a message on January 6, 2021:
I had the privilege of teaching with Don at Gavit. What a wonderful friend!He and Carol were a devoted couple. They were active inHammond and Munster. He will be missed!
L.J. Mattingly left a message on January 6, 2021:
Rest In Peace, Don. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know you.
Justin Kozubal left a message on January 6, 2021:
My sincere condolences to the Kopenec family. I also lost my father to Covid this past November. Mr. Kopenec was by far one of my favorite high school teachers at Gavit (1987-1990). I had him for English and film. I loved his media/film courses. I recall his kind, fun nature and his love for movies which resonated with me at the time. My prayers to the entire family during this difficult time. Justin Kozubal
Deborah Sandoval Lewandowski left a message on January 6, 2021:
I had Mr. Kopenec for newspaper and yearbook all 4 years of high school. He taught me so much while allowing us to have fun. He was a good teacher and kind man.
Patricia Salinas left a message on January 5, 2021:
Our deepest condolences, we will keep all of you in our prayers. Don is going to be deeply missed by many but especially by Penelope and I. He was always so sweet to my daughter, his kindness was very much appreciated. Heaven gained an amazing Angel. Peace and Many Hugs, Patricia and Penelope
Dennis Dean Keithley left a message on January 5, 2021:
I first met Don & Carol at Purdue Calumet taking Apple IIe programming classes back in my days of early teaching. Remained friends later in life as he photographed various IRTA dinners at Teibel's Restaurant. What a "Renaissance" man he was!
Kish Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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