Harry L. Kopech was born in a farmhouse in Monavill on Sept. 28, 1944, number 8 of 10 children, to sharecroppers Raymond and Rosie Kopech.
He moved to Houston with his family and entered the workforce at a young age, pursuing the craft of a machinist after trying a few different things. Harry was always a hard worker, working long hours to provide for his family. He worked as a machinist for over 45 years, becoming a true craftsman. He worked for several different companies, but spent much of his career with Power Machinery, Inc. of Houston, Texas. In later years, he had his own machine shop, Kopech Machine, working for himself, and then later for ATI of Industry, Texas, from which he retired in 2009. After retirement, he went back to working for himself full time at Kopech Machine until his death.
Harry married Teresa Brumek of Houston, on June 20, 1964, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and they settled in Houston, Texas. They had 5 children, Kenneth, Angela, Brenda, Patricia and Christopher.
After living in Waller, for several years, they moved to Bellville, for several years, finally settling in Oak Hill, between Bellville and Industry.
Harry was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry. He had a generous nature, always quick to help others, such as volunteering for Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and playing games with family, such as dominoes, cards, horseshoes, and many others.
Harry passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, on Feb. 21, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Teresa, his 5 children and their spouses, Kenneth and Carla Kopech, Angela and David Janwich, Brenda and David Leiber, Patricia Surovik and Christopher Kopech. He is also survived in death by 4 sisters, Pauline Mazurkiewicz, Rose Mock, Louise Holke and Lucille Pavlock. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Heather, Zachary, Kayla, Kyle, Luke, Jessie, Kirsten, and Hank. He will be dearly missed.
Visitation, 5-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville with rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral service, 11 a.m., Feb. 25, 2014, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Father Timothy Bucek, Celebrant.
Graveside service, 2:30 p.m., St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chappell Hill.
Pallbearers, Mike Jocwiak, Ron Sage, Lloyd Dominey, Mike Pavlock, Zachary Janwich, Jim Macurkiewicz.
Honiorary pallbearers: Heather Janwich, Kyle Surovik, Kayla Leiber, Kirsten Leiber, Luke Kopech, Jessie Kopech, Hank Kopech.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville, TX 77418. (979)865-2424 - www.schmidtfunerals.com.
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