Philip D. Popielski, Sr.

Philip D. Popielski, Sr., 73, of 134 Valley Road, St. Marys passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his home surrounded by his wife and friends.

He was born May 26, 1939 in Ridgway, son of the late Chester and Charlotte Donlan Popielski.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1957.  Phil entered into the Brothers of the Holy Cross in 1958 and received his habit on August 22, 1958.  This began his lifelong love of Notre Dame and our Lady on the Golden Dome.  He retired from Keystone Carbon Company in 2001 after 38 years of service.

On March 28, 1989 in Florida, he married Amy C. Bowley, who survives and was the rock of his life.  He is also survived by his son, Philip D. Popielski, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Westminster MD; four grandchildren, Cassandra, Michael, Sydney, and Joshua Popielski; and a sister, Maria Britten of Ridgway.

Philip was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He had a strong love of God and his church and was a member of the parish council while at St. Boniface Church in Kersey.  He was very active in the Cursillo movement of Elk and Cameron Counties, and volunteered on Sundays to conduct the service at Pinecrest, Elk Haven, and Silver Creek Terrace.  Phil enjoyed decorating for all the holidays and playing with his train collection which he had done all his life.  He spent four years in the US Navy as a 1st class petty officer and served on the USS Boston as a Navy core man. He also spent three years at Fort Dietrich in the Navy Bio Lab.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Monday, April 29, 2013, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday, April 28, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 114 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the Elk County Cursillo Movement, c/o Paul and Mary Lynn Carnovale, 145 Villa Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Jane Schloder April 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. Phil was a wonderful man. I will miss him calling me sweatheart, and being so kind when he called the office. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane from Dr. Caruso’s office

Teresa Diegelman April 29, 2013 at 6:51 am

Amy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Phil was a great man and I will miss
him calling me to check on his account. Your are all in my thoughts and
prayers at during this time.
Teresa (Mountain Laurel)

Mick Armstrong April 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

I am sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Diane, Andrew, Abby, & Alyssa Dobson April 29, 2013 at 7:58 am

Amy and family:

May God be with you in this time of sorrow. Phil is an amazing man and has now seen Jesus’ eyes and is comforted in his arms.
You were both a blessing to St. Boniface church and school, especially missed by the Religious Education Program for our public school children!
Sympathy and Prayers!

Karl & Andrea Schwartz April 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

I can always remember Phil saying that when he met the Lord he had many questions to ask—those questions are now answered!

We know that Phil is enfolded in the arms of the Lord. We pray, that his dear wife Amy, his son Philip, and all his family and friends will be comforted by this knowledge. “The Lord Bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you peace.”


Karl & Andi

Scott Tobias and Family April 29, 2013 at 11:22 am


Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of loss.

Noel Feronti April 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Philip brought many happy moments in our life and left us with a treasure trove of memories. We are praying for you in this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.

Tom Caldwell April 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

I’ve just learned of your husband’s passing and am really feeling for you.
My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Laura and Brian Claypool and family April 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

Just heard about Phil, know you are in my thoughts and prayers, during this difficult time!!! You two were so happy together, and I can’t imagine your loss right now! Know he will always be with you, he is just a whisper away. You will have so many happy memories to revisit with him!!! Prayers for you!
Hugs, Laura and Brian

Joel Caldwell April 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Cursillo 213 changed my life forever and Phil was a big part of that. I will always think of him as what the fourth day should be. He truly is an inspiration.

In addition to a loving husband, you now have an angel always at your side.

God Bless you always.


Debbie Jacob May 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

I am sorry for your loss; however, Phil is with you each day at your side as an angel. May your memories help ease the sorrow that you are feeling.
I am here for you!

Luis W Lu, MD May 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Mrs. Popielski and family,
I am very sorry for the passing of your husband.
It comforts me that will see Chester in heaven!
Dr. Lu

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