Dan Opritza, 98, of Howland Township, entered peacefully into eternal life on Friday, October 5, 2021 at 12:55 a.m. at Ohman Family Living @ Briar under the comforting care of hospice.
He was born June 24, 1923 in Neshannock Township, Pennsylvania the son of the late Nicholas and Anna Besoiu Opritza and was a graduate of East High School in Youngstown.
Dan attended Youngstown State College, before enlisting in the United States Army with the 61st Brigade at Fort Hayes, Ohio. He served his country abroad during World War II as a driver and Army automotive mechanic and was a proud veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. For his service to his country he was awarded the Driver & Mechanic Badge, American Theater Ribbon, Eastern Asian Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 31, 1946 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana with the rank of Private First Class.
After returning from the service, Dan worked for over 30 years with Wean United first as a longtime machinist and retired as a computer tool programmer.
Dan was a longtime member of Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church, where he sang in the church choir and was past council member and church auditor. He was a member of Romanian Veterans of America of Youngstown. Dan enjoyed gardening, listening to music; and doing crossword puzzles.
Dan was united in marriage on November 3, 1946 to the former Mary Pipenur and they were married for 64 years until her passing on May 22, 2011.
He is survived by his two children Dennis (Connie) Opritza of Poland and Janet (Jim) Davis of Cortland; grandchildren Jason (Erika) Opritza, Kara Opritza, Taylor (Alex) Mostoller; and great grandchildren Olivia, Natalie, Sophia, Ava, and Asher.
Besides his parents and wife, Dan was preceded in death by two sisters Pauline Wise and Ann Smith, and by two brothers Nick and John Opritza.
The body will lie in state on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. in Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church.
A Funeral Service with the Very Reverend Joseph Wargo officiating, will take place on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the church.
Burial will follow in Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna with full Military Honors.
Dan’s family would like to offer special thanks to the staff at Ohman Family Living at Briar, and to Hospice of the Western Reserve for all of the care and comfort they gave to Dan and showed to the family.
The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Dan’s name to Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church, 1836 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.
Caring and Dignified arrangement have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE, Warren, Ohio 44483, 330-394-6200. Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones. This obituary may be viewed, and condolences sent to www.statonborowskifuneralhome.com.
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Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church
1836 North Road NE, Warren OH 44483