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Leonard A. "Len" Sopka

January 23, 1941 October 8, 2019
Leonard A. "Len" Sopka
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Leonard A. "Len" Sopka, age 78, a resident of Glen Ellyn, IL, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL. He was born January 23, 1941 in Buffalo, NY.

Beloved son of the late Edward and Monica (nee Rawski) Sopka, loving brother of Dennis (Eloise) Sopka of Lombard, IL and the late Pamela (the late Ed) Jankowski, adored uncle of Dr. Dennis (Mary) Sopka of Horsham, PA and Stephanie Sopka of Marlboro, VT, great-uncle of Emerson and Hayden Sopka, partner of David Anderson of Forest Park, IL, fond cousin and friend of many.

Len grew up in Buffalo, NY and moved to Gary, IN and then settled in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood. He attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Chicago and later graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School East in Cicero, IL. Len received bachelor's and master's degrees from Loyola University in Chicago. He worked for Time Life, The Encyclopædia Britannica and The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. Len later earned a master's degree in Library Science from Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL while working part time at the Newberry Library. He went on to work in the Chicago Public Library System at the Harold Washington Library Center, until he retired.

Len loved classical music, concerts and the opera. He also enjoyed traveling.

Family and friends will meet Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11:30 AM at the office in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL 60162. Committal rites will take place at Christ the King Mausoleum. Entombment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Len's memory may be made to: DuPagePads
601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187, (630) 682-3846,

Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213 or visit

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11:30 AM 10/12/2019 11:30:00 AM
Queen of Heaven Cemetery

1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162

Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Road Hillside 60162 IL
United States

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DuPage P.A.D.S.

601 West Liberty Drive
Wheaton, IL 60187

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