Nancy A. (Lake) Stopka

Nancy A. (Lake) Stopka, 78, of Rochester, passed away on September 22, 2013 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Her loving family was by her side. She was the wife of 60 years of Henry Stopka and the daughter of the late Lester and Ruth (Law) Lake.

She was born in New Bedford and lived in Rochester for many years.

Mrs. Stopka worked as a Screener for Decas Cranberry Company for many years. She also worked for Advance Cup Co. in New Bedford. Mrs. Stopka was also a commercial quahog fisherman, a job she loved.

She loved her family and attending various sporting events, dance recitals and concerts performed by her grandchildren. But nothing pleased her more than cooking and entertaining at her home and being surrounded by loving family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Stopka; her children, Stephen Stopka of Rochester, Jeffrey Stopka and his wife, Marites of Goldsboro, NC, Deborah Veary and her husband, Kenneth of Rochester, Gary Stopka and his wife Anne Marie of Rochester and Jennifer Thomas and her companion, Dennis Lynch of Fairhaven; a brother, Raymond Lake of New Bedford; a sister, Sandra Dennie of Bradenton, FL; 5 grandchildren, Justin Thomas, Ryan, Trevor, Caitlin and Jethro Stopka; a step granddaughter, Heather Brackett; a great granddaughter, McKenna Thomas; many nephews and nieces.

Her memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. Visiting hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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