Madeline M. Kopanski, 78, music teacher, co-owned Spring Gulch Resort, Mill Bridge Village

By on May 18, 2016

Madeline M. Kopanski, 78, of Lititz, went to our Heavenly Father and Lord on May 6, 2016, after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 23, 1937, she was a daughter of Mary (Raytik) Staneski of Denver, and the late Stanley Staneski. She was the loving wife of the late Chester J. Kopanski, who passed in April 2012, with whom she celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Madeline was a 1955 graduate and salutatorian of St. Agnes High School in West Chester and a 1959 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor of science in music education.

Madeline spent 15 years teaching in the West Chester school system. In 1974, her husband and she purchased Spring Gulch Resort, in New Holland, which they built into a nationally renowned vacation destination. In 1992, they purchased Mill Bridge Village which they operated for five years. Madeline loved the hospitality industry, along with growing her businesses to include her children and their families. Madeline and her husband retired in 1999 to travel and spend time at their beach home.

Mimi’s greatest love was her family, and spending time with her four grandchildren. She will fondly be remembered as a vibrant influence in their lives. She was a talented pianist, enjoyed bridge, and traveling, and will be missed by the many students, employees, friends and family, whose lives she so uniquely touched. Her endless energy will be fondly remembered by all that knew her. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

Madeline is survived by her daughter: Mary, married to Rick Casselbury, of Lititz; and her son: Brian J., married to Kristine Kopan, of Lititz; and by her four grandchildren: Julia and Blaise Casselbury, and Andrew and Taylor Kopan. She is also survived by her mother: Mary Staneski; and three siblings: Lillian Cornett, wife of Joseph Cornett, Vero Beach Fla.; Elaine Jackson, wife of Joseph Jackson, West Chester; and Stanley Staneski Jr., husband of Cynthia Staneski. She will also be missed by extended family and numerous friends and colleagues.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on May 20, at 11 a.m., from St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike Lititz. Burial will be private at the convenience of her family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17608.

Share online condolences at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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