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Frank R. Kopenski Sr.

MILWAUKEE, WI – Frank “Chub” Kopensky, the “Powerful Pole” died peacefully with his family on April 11, 2022. He was 92 and, in a storybook, died on his late wife’s 92nd birthday. Frank taught American history to thousands of young men, for 37 years, at Marquette University High School (MUHS) in Milwaukee, WI, from 1955 until his retirement in 1991. muskrat in front of the class and fair but tough and no frills attitude. As a coach at MUHS from 1955 to 1971, his Hilltoppers won seven Catholic Conference championships in football and track along with five state track team championships. He served as sports director after his coaching career. In 1977 he was honored as the “Man of the Year” by the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association (WISAA). In his administrative role with WISAA, he was primarily responsible for the establishment of the state football and soccer playoff championships. As an athlete at Iron River High School in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 1945 to 1948, he became the first athlete to earn major letters in four sports. He once beat the legendary Eddie Feigner “The King and His Court” four-man traveling softball team. In 1947, as a senior, the Detroit Free Press chose Frank as the all-state running back for all of Michigan, at a time when there was only one class size. The all-state honor resulted in scholarship offers from the University of Michigan, Marquette University, as well as many other universities. Frank was the starting guard for three years at Marquette University and the main field winner as a junior. He graduated from Marquette in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Frank was a Korean War veteran and was a soccer player/coach in the military in Germany. In 1983 Frank was inducted into the UP Sports Hall of Fame, in 1991 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 1993 Frank was inducted into the MUHS Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a longtime member of the Congregation of the Catholic Church of Saint Sebastian.

Predeceased by his wife of 61 years; Josephine, her brother; Martin and grandson; Jesse.

Survived by his sister; Beard, brother; Donald, four children; Kay (Dan), Kris (Dave), Frank and Mark (Carla) and four grandchildren; Aubrey, Claudia, Maxwell and Natalie, were also survived by other relatives and friends.

There will be no service.

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