George K. Konopasek Jr. 11-1-2009
George K. Konopasek Jr., 53, Albuquerque,
N.M., passed away peacefully following a short illness Nov. 1,
He was born Nov. 4, 1955, in Gary,
to George and Marge Konopasek.
Raised in Griffith, he graduated
from Griffith High School in 1973 and participated in basketball,
baseball and football. Following high school, he attended Purdue
University for two years. He eventually went on to become a certified
welder and a member of East Chicago's Boilermaker Union. In 1989,
he moved to New Mexico as he loved the mountains and mild winter
conditions. In 1998, he was involved in a significant accident
which left him disabled. He retired from work and moved into
Camino, an assisted living community in New Mexico where he lived
until his death. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed
fishing. He would sit for countless hours at his parent's home
on Hoffman Lake smoking his favorite cigar and fishing for whatever
would tug his line. He had a kind and generous heart and will
be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Survivors include three children:
Nicole (and spouse Jake) Wilson, Rochester; Michelle (and spouse
Michael) Coers; Josh Konopasek, Kewanna; three grandchildren:
Matthew and Michael Coers, Kewanna, and Ashlynn Vanlake, Kewanna;
his parents, Warsaw; three sisters: Barb (and spouse Rich) Lambright,
Simpsonville, S.C.; Jody Blest, Albuquerque, N.M.; Katie (and
spouse Bill) Church, Summerfield, N.C.; and a brother, Ed (and
spouse Jill) Konopasek, De Pere, Wis.
The family would like to extend
a special thanks to his many friends and the caregivers at Camino
Assisting Living Community, Albuquerque, N.M. Additionally, the
kind doctors and nurses at Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque,
N.M., who provided outstanding care for George were of great
comfort to his family, thank you all.
Services will be Friday at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw.
Calling is from 9 to 10 a.m. with
a funeral mass immediately following at 10 a.m. (10-18-2010)