- Grove City, Pennsylvania


June 29, 2014

Joseph Louis Kopnisky

GCC head football, mat coach also worked at SRU

GROVE CITY — Joseph Louis Kopnisky of Grove City passed away at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014. He was 78.

Mr. Kopnisky was born in Etna, Pa., on July 25, 1935, to the late Joseph and Alberta Kopnisky.

Joe was united in marriage on Dec. 10, 1954, to the late Janice Foreman, spending the next 55 happy years of their lives together. On Aug. 21, 2010, Joe found new love and married Joan Mae Adams.

He was a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Joe was an All-WPIAL football player at Shaler High School in 1953 and went on to become an all-conference player at West Virginia University, where he finished his career in the East-West Shrine Game and garnered academic All-American honors.

He returned to Shaler to be the assistant football coach and head up the wrestling program. He became head wrestling coach in 1965 at Grove City College, where he also was an assistant in football and track.

From 1973-1984, Joe was the head football coach at Grove City College and finished his football career as defensive coordinator at Slippery Rock University. He retired in 2000 after a distinguished 44-year career in coaching.

He is survived by his wife Joan, at home; his loving children, Jack Kopnisky and his wife Kathy Wood Kopnisky, Mahwah, N.J.; and Jill Clark Kopnisky and her husband Timothy Clark, Naperville, Ill.; Joan's daughter, Robin and her husband Jerry Bruck; and son, Steve Adams and his wife Heidi, all Grove City.

He also is survived by his grandchildren, Joseph Kopnisky and his wife Miranda; and Dane Kopnisky and his wife Jaclyn and his great-granddaughters, Vivian and Maggie, all Boston; and Christopher Clark and his wife Molly and his great-granddaughters, Amanda Clark and Tiffany Clark, all Chicago; his brothers, James Kopnisky and his wife Nancy; and Robert Kopnisky and his wife Gini; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial tributes in Joe's memory can be made to the Joe and Jan Kopnisky scholarship fund at Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127.


Joseph Louis, 78, Grove City.

Calling hours: 9:45 a.m. to time of service Saturday (6-28-14) in Grace United Methodist Church, 210 S. Broad Street, Grove City.

Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church, followed by an open house at 1175 E. Pine St., Grove City.

Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.

Obituary was published June 25, 2014 in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201A Erie St., Grove City.

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