January 11, 2012
Tom was born on May 20, 1953 to Lewis Sopris and Betty Van Kuren Sopris. He was a funeral director in the community for many years and co-owned the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home with his wife, Kristaine Murray Sopris, previously located on Route 9W in Coxsackie and whose registration is currently held in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.
Tom served as a Town Councilman in Fishkill when he was employed by the Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home and as Village Trustee in Athens. He loved nothing more than helping people in the community in which he resided and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and those whom he had served as a trusted funeral director.
Tom is survived by his parents; wife of six years Kristaine (Murray) Sopris; four children: Kent, Amanda, Adam, and Philip; two sisters: Mrs. John (Gwendolyn) Barnhart and Mrs. Harold (Helen) Houdek; as well as many nieces and nephews and in-laws.
As per his wishes, a graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the old Athens Rural Cemetery located off Market Street in the village of Athens. Pastor Carolyn Lewis will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fishkill Fire. Dept. Benevolent Assn. and sent to the attention of Peter Phillips at 1132 Main St. Fishkill, NY 12524. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home with their gratitude for the assistance Mark Levine of the Levine Memorial Chapel in Albany.
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