June Kopta

June Kopta, of 125 Church Street, Sherman, N.Y., passed away on June 21, 2020, at her North Haven home. She was born on March 10, 1926, in the township of North East, Pa., the daughter of the late Edgar and Alice (Babcock) Platt.

June is survived by her children: Maryann (Tom) Sterling, Sparks, Nev., Margaret (Sam) McGlam-ery, Denver, Colo., Joanne (Patrick) Brennan, Sher-man, N.Y., Anna (Paul) Schultz, North East. Pa., Vicki (Bill) Boria, Clymer, N.Y., Teresa (Paul) Mateja, Lackawanna, N.Y., John Kopta, Ripley, N.Y., and Michael Kopta, Three Forks, Mont.; and also by 20 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Beside her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Kopta; daughter, Patricia (Hank) Rater; brother, Len Platt; sisters: Betty Lincoln and Theresa (Clifford) Matha.

June and her husband, John were married on Jan. 21, 1950. Together they raised their nine children on their dairy farm on 4115 North Road, Ripley, N.Y..

Our mother had many strengths, talents, and dreams. She was a kind and generous person. She taught us the joy and value of working hard and mak-ing the most of the day. She helped our father run a dairy farm, took care of the house, garden, and raised their children. One of her dreams was to be an art teacher, which she fulfilled by teaching her children through her love of nature.

She was always doing something. Painting, sew-ing, gardening, teaching her children to use their imagi-nation, creating fun games or projects to do, and play-ing the piano and organ, were some of her favorite things. She found time to be an avid reader, often consuming one or two books a week. She taught us the little things that mat-tered the most in life and she will be truly missed.

The day before she died Mom stated, “Not having money is a terrible thing so when I can I give.” Memorials may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at St. Matthias Church 1762 French Creek Road, Clymer, N.Y at 1 p.m. Ar-rangements by the Spitzer Funeral Home.