Obituary: Dorothy May Kopacz

Dorothy May Kopacz

HERMISTON — Dorothy May Kopacz, 98, of Hermiston died of natural causes Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Hermiston. Memorial services will be Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, E. 7th St. and Gladys Ave., Hermiston.

Mrs. Kopacz was born Sept. 16, 1912, in Pendleton to W. Percy and Katharine Smith Folsom of the historical J.E. Smith Livestock Company, Oregon’s leading sheep producer in Pilot Rock. She attended school in Pendleton and Pilot Rock. She graduated from Eastern Oregon State College with a degree in elementary education. 

She taught for eighteen years at the Umatilla Elementary School. She married Henry Kopacz in 1944 in Pendleton, Oregon. 

Mrs. Kopacz is survived by children Olive Horrace of Irrigon, Ray Kopacz of Hermiston and Bill Kopacz of Sunriver; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Kopacz; brother Mason Folsom; and grandson Clinton Gibler.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements. Sign the condolence book at

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