Violet DeMario Kopp age 102 of Kearney Road, a life long resident of Brockway, PA; passed away peacefully on March 1, 2022 at the DuBois Nursing Home. Born on November 16, 1919 in Brockway, PA; she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Nicolina Mascaro. Violet was married to Joseph DeMario her first husband who passed away in 1976. She later married John Kopp of DuBois who passed away in 2007. Retired, many residents of Brockway will remember Violet as the friendly smiling front desk clerk at Paris Cleaners on main street where she worked for over 30 years. She was a member at St. Tobias Church in Brockway and was a member of St. Tobias Sodality for women and was honored to be chosen May Queen, a religious celebration in honor of the Blessed Mother. She was president of the Brockway Progressive Women’s Club from 1963-1966. Always interested in learning more she enrolled in a two year correspondence course for Dress Making and Interior Design, later opening a dress shop in her home. For several years during the 1940’s she walked a mile or more to teach Catechism to young parishioners at St. Tobias Church. Violet traveled extensively during her lifetime and her favorite country was Italy. She enjoyed working in her garden and was talented in art, crafts, sewing and painting which she took up later in life. One of her proudest moments came when she was awarded a Top Prize in an amateur water coloring contest her very first year. She will be remembered by her family and many friends as someone who throughout her life cared about the welfare of others, whether it was visiting the sick or giving a helping hand when needed. Everyone was always welcome in her home. Violet was a devoted mother to Mary Janet (Larry) Youngdahl of Brockway and Mark (Karen) DeMario of Virginia Beach, VA; grandmother to Christopher Viglione of Reynoldsville, PA; and her many nieces and nephews who knew her as “Aunt Vi”. She was the last surviving member of the Mascaro family generation. In addition to her parents and her husbands she is also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Violet never lost her enthusiasm for life and wanted the memory of her to be about living life to the fullest and to be an inspiration for kindness and goodness. “ Death leaves a heartache difficult to heal; love leaves memories no one can steal.” Taken from an Irish gravesite, written in 1806. Calling hours will be on Monday, March 7 from 6PM to 9PM at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway, and from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM on Tuesday March 8th at St. Tobias Church in Brockway. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM with Msgr. Charles Kaza presiding. Burial will follow in St. Tobias Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
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