John J. Coppola
Deacon John Coppola, a long time resident of Putnam Valley, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was 93. John was born on March 21, 1924, in New York City to Mary and Pasquale Coppola. He was raised in Corona, Queens, NY until he entered the US Army. He served in the Philippines in WW II.
After the war, he attended St. John’s University where he earned a master’s degree in math. He married his beloved wife, Margaret (Kile) on April 25, 1953. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Brooklyn, and also in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Michigan, Montana, Virginia and New Jersey. They moved back to New York in 1965, settling in Putnam Valley. John worked for IBM from 1965 until his retirement in 1990. He was involved in his community serving as the Treasurer of the Putnam Valley Central School District for many years. He was very active and involved in St. Columbanus Church. He served as an usher at Mass, volunteered at bingo and served on the Parish Council.
In 1976, he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Cardinal Terence Cooke at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As a Deacon, he assisted at Mass, visited Hudson Valley Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Cortlandt Healthcare, and the NYS Veteran’s Home in Montrose. He baptized many children and witnessed many marriages. He brought the Nocturnal Adoration Society to St. Columbanus and coordinated the First Friday Adoration for close to 50 years. He coordinated the Divine Mercy Devotion and the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was a man of deep and abiding faith.
John is predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret, his daughter Mary Coppola and his granddaughter Brandie Powe. He is survived by his loving children, John, Allen, Raymond and Jane Coppola and Agnes Powe; his grandchildren Monica and her husband Colin Brady, Christina Coppola and Justin and his wife Monnette Coppola and Candace and Courtney Powe as well as 5 (almost 6) greatgrandchildren.
John is also survived by his brother Felix and sister-in-law Genevieve Coppola and a niece and 2 nephews, and grand-nieces and grand nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Maryann Coppola and Lee Grabarnick. He was blessed to have been cared for by his 2 aides who became like family, Moses and Nana.
Visiting hours were on Monday, April 17th, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Heritage Funeral Home, Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Tuesday, April 18th, at 11 AM at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor and interment followed at Assumption Cemetery.