Theresa Sapanski

Obituary of Theresa Sapanski

Theresa "Betty" Sapanski, 93, of State College, passed away on October 30, 2019 at Juniper Village. She was born on September 1, 1926, to the late Frank and Molly Brown in Brooklyn, NY, where she grew up and where she later married the love of her life, Walter Sapanski Jr. in June of 1949. They soon began their family that would grow to total seven children. They moved to Brooklyn Corner in College Heights in 1969 where Betty served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and was very involved in running the Red Cross Blood Drives at the Knights of Columbus for many years. She volunteered in many capacities at Our Lady of Victory and helped her husband in starting the local St. Vincent DePaul chapter. They loved to travel and her pre-trip packing regime, before setting off in their Cadillac, is legendary.

She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren more than anything but truly loved all children. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Jr., her son, Walter III and son in-law, Michael Poorman. She is succeeded by her children, Robert Lumley-Sapanski (Katherine), Theresa, Keith, Kevin (Tena), Ellen, and Claudia Poorman (Kevin) as well as nine grandchildren, Aracoma, Justine, Audrey, Jonathan, Iza, Scot, Heather, Cortney, Taylor and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 South Atherton Street, State College.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, with Father Jonathan Dickson officiating.

Burial will be in Graysville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at

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Visitation atFuneral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, November 4, 2019
Koch Funeral Home
2401 S. Atherton St.
State College, Pennsylvania, United States


10:30 am
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
820 Westerly Parkway
State College, Pennsylvania, United States

Final Resting Place

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Graysville Cemetery
Village Of Graysville
PA Furnace, Pennsylvania, United States
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