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Katherine Maria Szopiak, 54

June 07, 2009

SEPT. 27, 1954-JUNE 2, 2009

Katherine Maria Szopiak, 54, of Hagerstown, Md., won her long battle with breast cancer and died peacefully in her sleep on June 2, 2009, in Kingwood, W.Va.

Kathy was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Hoersching, Austria, the daughter of Gloria and Walter Szopiak of Lebanon, Mo.

She served her country honorably in the U.S. Army, and most recently was employed as a CNA by ARC of Washington County, Md.

She was a caring, loving person who embodied her concern for those less fortunate than herself both in her work and personal life.

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In addition to her parents, she is survived by one son, Richard V. Hamil of Frederick, Md.; three sisters, Gloria Coalson and spouse, Derwood, of Lebanon, Wilhelmina Pearson of Marktbergel, Germany, and Bernice Schwarzenberg and spouse, Michael, of Kingwood; one brother, Walter K. Szopiak and spouse, Patricia, of Singapore, Malaysia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 12, 2009, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, Lebanon.

The family asks that any donations be directed to Hospice Care Corporation, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520-0760.

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