He was born in Peoria, Illinois on November 9, 1963 to Andrew A. Lopata, Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Lopata. She survives. Also surviving are a sister Kathy (and Jack) Magnone, a brother Mike (and Lynda) Lopata, eight nieces and nephews, and one grand-niece. He was preceded in death by his father.
He graduated from Eureka High School in 1981. After a brief time at Illinois Central College, he embarked on a career that spanned a dizzying assortment of occupations from plumbing, electrical, HVAC and general contractors to insurance adjuster, cyber-security monitor and political blogger. He also taught English in China and volunteered at the Mission Mart in Bloomington. He lived in central Illinois, Chicago, California and Harbin, China.
He was a member of Eureka Christian Church, and prized his faith and family deeply. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed all sports and was a passionate fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He passed too soon and will be deeply missed. Our confidence is that he departed “to be with Christ, which is far better.”
A private family memorial service will be held. Online condolences may be made at www.remembr.com/andrew.lopata
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