Bernice Young

Bernice Martha Kopa-Young

Thursday, June 14th, 1928 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Bernice Martha Kopa-Young

92, of Port Huron Township, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020, at Wadhams Creek Senior Community.

She was born in Port Huron, Michigan on June 14, 1928, daughter of the late Felix and Bernice Czarnecki.

Bernice married Thaddeus Kopa on May 10, 1947. He preceded her in death on January 25, 1976. She then married Robert Young in 1986 and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2011.

Bernice enjoyed working in her yard, cooking, baking, and most importantly being with grandchildren, family, and friends. She devoted her time to St. Johns United Church of Christ and Council on Aging helping people in need. She loved spending winters in Chokoloskee, Florida and prior to retirement she worked for the Port Huron Area School District for many years in food service. She was a member of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.

Bernice is survived by her two children, Mary (Mark) Rademacher of Shelby Township and Edward (Carol) Kopa of Marysville; six grandchildren, Joseph (Michelle) Kopa of Maryland, Kelli Rademacher of Virginia, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Kopa of Illinois, Kathryn (Ilana) Kein of Maryland, Mallory Kopa of Ypsilanti, and Janelle (Mason) Engnes of Minnesota; four great-grandchildren, Madeline, Olivia, Ada, and Eleanor; one sister, Delores Mortimer of Richmond; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Theodore “Ted” Kopa; and six siblings, Walter, Victor, Helen, Phil, Jo, Jenny.

Bernice's family extends a thank you to the staff at Wadhams Creek Senior Community for the wonderful care provided.

A visitation will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home-Hancock Street. Graveside services and interment will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. at Caswell Cemetery in Kimball Township. A "celebration" of her life will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Clair County Council on Aging.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Interment

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 12:00pm
    Caswell Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Smith Creek, Michigan 48074
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Margaret Wolfe

Posted at 12:55pm
My name is Margaret Wolfe. Being a member of St. John's visitation team, I visited Bernice at the Wadhams Care Facility. She was always very happy to see Bonnie and myself, and her smile was as big as the moon when we came to visit. We shared Holy Communion with her which was a big part of her Christian life. She missed that and she missed her friends at St. John's and always asked about them. Bernice was a very integral part of St. John's while she was able. She was always helping with things around the church and greeted all who came into the walkway with a big smile. She was missed greatly when she could't come any more. i'm sure that God had His welcoming arms open when she entered Heaven. She was a good and faithful servant. I'm so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time in your lives. May God give you peace in knowing that she is not longer in pain and whole and healthy again. She is in one of God's mansions that we're all promised when we meet our final reward.

Babe and Rocco Zaccagnino

Posted at 06:41pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
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