AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Western Reserve Community Church for John N. Opritza, 93, who passed away Friday morning at Brookdale Clarebridge Cottage Assisted Living.
John was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Youngstown, a son of the late Nicholas and Anna (Besoiu) Opritza.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, John owned his own truck and later owned and operated Automotive Equipment Service. John retired in the early 1990s as Vice President of Dart Trucking in Canfield after many years of service.
He was a member of the Western Reserve Community Church and the Lake Milton Boat Club for over 30 years.
As a child, John was a member of the Old Christ Mission and Boy Scouts. These organizations are where he obtained his deep religious beliefs.
John loved his grandchildren and never missed any of their sporting events.
His wife, the former Mary Lou Marrie, whom he married Nov. 22, 1952, passed away Nov. 21, 2006.
John will be sadly missed by his daughter, Nancy (Angelo) LaCivita of Boardman; one brother, Dan Opritza of Warren; two grandchildren, Michael John Maiorana and Lisa Ann Maiorana; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Wise and Ann Smith; and a brother, Nick Opritza.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in Johns name.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday at the Western Reserve Community Church and from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the services on Monday at the church.
The Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.