Thecla F. Werner Coppolo

Thecla CoppoloThecla F. Werner Coppolo, 87, of 570 Church Street, St. Marys, passed away quietly, on Sunday evening, March 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

Thecla was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1926, in St. Marys, the youngest daughter of the late Arthur A. and Edith Mary Kaul Werner.  On April 16, 1955, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she married Attorney Alvin B. Coppolo, the love of her life, who predeceased her in 2008.

She is survived by six children and family, Alvin B. Jr. and his wife Carol, of Hudson, Ohio; Thecla C. Matthews, of Ozark, Alabama; Rita C. Ordiway and her husband Robert of St. Marys; Priscilla C. Flynn and her husband Daniel, of Silver Spring, Maryland; Diane C. Bialis and her husband Gregory, of Ballwin, Missouri; and Attorney Thomas George Gregory Coppolo and his wife Renee, of St. Marys.  She is also survived by 20 grandchildren: Jennifer (Mrs. Sean Holsing), Alvin B. III, Carolyn (Mrs. Steven Corcoran) and Gregory Coppolo; William B. III, Thecla W. (Mrs. Andrew Hinkebein), David and Sara Elizabeth Matthews; Kathryn and Ann Ordiway; Molly, Danny, Matthew and Kevin Flynn; John, Margaret and Mary Bialis; and Alexandra, Meghan and Emma Coppolo; and one great-grandchild, Madelyn Holsing.  She is also survived by her sister, Marjorie W. Conrad, of St. Marys; and numerous nieces and nephews, and other family members.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur G. Werner; and four sisters, Helen W. Fritz, Rita Werner (in infancy), Edith “Pete” W. Knoll, and Virginia “Budge” W. Leopold.

Teck, as she was affectionately known, was a lifelong resident of the area and member of St. Mary’s Parish.  She was a graduate of St. Marys Central Catholic High School, Class of 1944, and took art lessons at St. Joseph Convent.  After finishing high school she went to Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  After returning home she painted, worked at the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and for Dr. Hayes for many years.  She met and fell in love with Attorney Alvin B. Coppolo in 1954 and they were married in 1955.

Thecla was an accomplished artist.  She frequently used her talents to decorate the St. Marys Country Club with her friends for Charity Balls sponsored by the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  Her artistic and stylish eye carried over into everything she did, from dressing to setting a table.  Every holiday or occasion was made beautiful by her creativity and attention to detail.  She loved to throw a party and will always be remembered for the fabulous gatherings she hosted at home.

Teck served many years as a Director on the Boards of the St. Marys Country Club and Deposit Bank, later First Commonwealth Financial Corporation.  She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, playing board games, puzzles, and gardening.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thecla W. Coppolo will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 15th, in St. Mary’s Church, with the Rev. Thomas More Sikora, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 14th, at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Elk County Catholic Band Boosters, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Bill Parana March 12, 2014 at 6:18 am

Hello, Coppolo family, Awfully sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Church street has lost another gem.

Neighbor Bill Parana

Ritter Family March 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Tommy and family,
It’s never easy to lose your Mom and we all feel your pain. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Jim & Rita and Steve & Lynn Ritter

Pauline Gausman March 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. Thecla was a truly wonderful lady and will be missed. Sincerely, Pauline Gausman

Patti Fleischman March 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Dear Rita and Family,
Sincere sympathy on the passing of your Mom. She was a great person!

Charles T. Zeigler March 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

Teck, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Wish I was close there so we could visit.

Cole & Sharon Wiesner March 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

Dear Tom and Family,

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Many, many years ago when I worked at the Bavarian Inn, your Mom and Dad (sometimes sisters, too) would come just about everyday and sit at their regular table in the back under one of the big murals. What a beautiful, charming and classy lady! She always had a big smile and kind words for everyone. Keep her spirit alive and well within your family because she definitely made the world a better place through the lives that she so genuinely touch.
Take care and God bless,
Cole and Sharon Wiesner and Family

LouAnn & Chuck Gadsby March 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this most difficult time..May she be at peace and in your fathers arms once again. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. Our deepest sympathies to you. God Bless…

Jody Schloder Garbic March 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

Such a loss. Thecla was always and foremost a “Lady”. I’m sure she will be missed and remembered for many many years to come.

Jody Schloder Garbic

Mary Louise and Steve Embrey March 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Our hearts go out to Priscilla and the whole Coppollo family. We feel very attached to your family and wish we could be with you for your Mom’s funeral Mass. Please know special prayers are coming your way.

With love and peace,

Mary Louise and Steve

Betty & Denny Geitner March 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Tommy, Rita, and family,
So sorry to you and your family in the loss of your mom. Your mom was a great lady. Your memories will get you through this, now and down the road. Our sympathy to all and may God bring you peace.

Sharon Simbeck Dorothy March 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

So sorry to hear about you mother’s passing. Your mom was a very good person. We had quite a few gatherings when your dad was our solicitor for the borough and airport. Our sympathy to the entire family. We will keep you in our prayers.

Victoria (Reuscher) Roche March 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

Mrs. Coppolo was one of the nicest neighbor ladies a little girl growing up in small town could have. She was always attentive and sweet. Sorry for your loss.

Denise (Reuscher) Kotsones March 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

My sympathy to the entire family. I have great memories of your Mom working in her garden while we all played outside. I don’t know many who could make gardening look so elegant. Your Mom was a very classy lady. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

Andrew (Ike) Marconi March 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm

So sorry to learn of the death of your mother. She was a great friend and I will always remember our many good times at the Country Club and especially working with her on the charity balls. I’m in California these days so have not seen her for quite some time but will remember her in my prayers. Ike Marconi

Ray & Elsie Klaiber March 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

We wish our thoughts and prayers to your family at your mom’s passing. She was a dear classmate.
Class of 1944. Ray and Elsie

Janie (Selle) Lander March 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Teck ~ I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know how hard it is to watch your Mom decline in health and not be able to do anything but pray. Know that you will be in our prayers.

Amy (Heigel) Smith March 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Priscilla and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She always made people feel so welcome. I hold many wonderful memories spending time at your parents’ home. God bless you at this time.
Amy and Greg and family.

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