Thomas D. Ostapuck Jr., 81, Cocalico school teacher, OMPH member, EARS driver, baseball fan

By on September 27, 2017

Thomas D. Ostapuck Jr., 81, of Stevens, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Weehawken, N.J., to the late Thomas Sr. and Mildred (Fisher) Ostapuck, and was the husband of Barbara (Miller) Ostapuck, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.

Thomas attended Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, and taught special education at Cocalico Middle School, retiring in 1993. While at Cocalico, he kept score for the boys’ baseball team and the girls’ basketball team. He then worked at Nolt’s Pond, Manheim Auto Auction, and was a driver for EARS. Thomas was a lifetime member of the PSEA and the NEA. He loved attending baseball games, reading, and music.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Tracy, wife of Jeffrey Love, of Gretna, Va.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister: Diane Ostapuck.

Services were held Sept. 25 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ephrata, with the Rev. Father John J. McLoughlin, C.Ss.R. as celebrant. Final commendation and farewell took place in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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