Donald M. Koperwhats, 82

Donald M. Koperwhats, 82, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Fords, N.J., passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa. He was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on July 3, 1936, son of the late Michael Koperwhats and the late Anna (Yadlouski) Koperwhats.

Koperwhats proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He retired from work as a chemical operator. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop James C. Burke Council No. 11285; a 4th degree Knight with Father Capodanno Assembly 2413; and a head usher at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church in Millsboro. He was a charter member of the Neighborhood Watch for the Captains Grant community and a member of American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.

Koperwhats enjoyed watching the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team and NASCAR. He also enjoyed living near the water, as he was an avid fisherman who enjoyed boating and crabbing.

In addition to his parents, Koperwhats was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Koperwhats, in 2016; an infant daughter, Terri Lynn Marie Koperwhats; a grandson, Gary Michael Koperwhats Jr.; and a brother, Michael Allen Koperwhats. He is survived by two children, Gary Michael Koperwhats and his wife, Lisa, of Bridgeville, Del., and Donna Lynn Marie Koperwhats and her partner, Dawn Ferro, of Freehold, N.J.; five grandchildren, Rebecca, Kyle, Noah, Joshua and Eli; four step-grandchildren, Nicole, Timothy, Sara and Andrew; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled for Feb. 6, 2019, with visitation at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, a Mass of Christian Burial at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, and interment at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, all in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Michael the Archangel/Mary Mother of Peace Parish; 202 Edward St.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at