Anthony Francis “Tony” Konopa

February 13, 2022

Anthony Francis “Tony” Konopa, 76, of rural Frankfort, passed away February 13, 2022 at St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital.  He was born June 2, 1945 in Beloit, WI to Frank Edward & Leona (Mayer) Konopa.  He married Ann Marie Mauhar on November 11, 1967 at St. Thomas Church in Beloit, WI and she survives.

Tony was a 1964 graduate of Beloit Catholic High School.  During Tony’s stint in the U.S. Army, he served in The Vietnam War. He was in Army intelligence attached to (MIBARS) the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion Air Reconnaissance Support as a photo interpreter (Eyes in the sky).  His headquarters company was based in Saigon at Muscara Compound. After his time in Vietnam he worked in the Pentagon teaching photo reconnaissance and photo interpretation to other Army Intelligence soldiers.    He moved from Wisconsin to Frankfort in 1980 as he was chosen to be part of the startup team in the new, all computerized Frito Lay, working in maintenance as a supervisor.  Later he started working as a maintenance supervisor at Coca-Cola in Speedway.  He then went on to work at Red Gold in Elwood and even though he never went to college, he became their project engineer, retiring from there.  He had a lifelong dream of owning a pet store, so after retirement he opened Natures Wonders Pet Emporium.  He and his family attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He had many hobbies including, woodworking, hunting, fishing, raising orchids, gardening, loved his salt water fish aquariums, nature of all kinds and his latest hobby was wine making.  Tony’s grandchildren were his pride and joy.  He loved his family as they meant everything to him. He and Ann had also been foster parents for several years.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2022 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 600 St. Mary’s Ave., Frankfort. Father Paul Cochran will officiate.

Survived by:

Wife: Ann Konopa of rural Frankfort, Son: Mark (Nicole) Konopa of Lafayette, 2 Daughters: Nichole (Brandon) Bryant of Lafayette and Kimberly (Bryan) Briscoe of Russiaville, 3 Brothers: Leroy (Barb) Konopa of Virginia, George (Nancy) Konopa of Beloit, WI, Jerry (Debe) Konopa of Beloit, WI, 6 Grandchildren, Jessy, Garrett, Carly, Evee, Landyn and Sawyer. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

his parents and a brother, Richard (Pat) Konopa


Leave your Condolences

21 Condolences for “Anthony Francis “Tony” Konopa”

  1. Beth Wilson February 17, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Tony was a coworker at Red Gold, the last time I saw Tony was at his surprise 70th Birthday and oh my gosh it was so wonderful seeing Tony, Ann and meeting the family and friends. I love and miss them. Ann you are in my heart and prayers, I love you.

  2. Jerri Unertl Frank February 17, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.

  3. Janet Knox February 17, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Dearest Ann, Please accept my most sincere condolences on Tony’s passing. Prayers for you and your family during this most difficult time.

  4. Jason Bush February 17, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Tony was a great guy. Worked on several projects with him over the years at Red Gold. Praying for comfort for all of his friends and family.

  5. Pam Bricker February 17, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Dear Ann & family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. I always enjoyed being in his company. I am sorry to be unable to attend his services, but as we winter in Florida, I cannot be there. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Pam Bricker

  6. Jeanie and Gary Thompson February 17, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Ann and family we were so shocked to hear of Tony’s passing. We will certainly keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. Ann sending you HUGS and LOVE!!

  7. Lee Davis February 18, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Ann my sympathy on your loss.

  8. Shirley Kjelland February 18, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Ann, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Love Shirley Kjelland

  9. Brenda Spray February 18, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Prayers of peace and comfort for you and your family.

  10. Rich Day February 18, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Dear Konopa family; My prayers are with you for peace, comfort, and fond memories as a loving and giving family. My sympathy and condolences to you. May a song remain in your hearts.

  11. Colleen Culver February 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. He was such a great guy and I really enjoyed working with him at the Frito Lay, Beloit plant. Always a soft spoken man and also very patient. You were our baby sitter for our first son Joshua for awhile, such a long time ago. My husband, Ron passed away Feb 4th, 2022 and I certainly know what you are going through. Gods peace to you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers. Colleen Culver

  12. Linda Myers February 18, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Ann and Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Linda & Gary Myers

  13. Glenda B. Boggess February 18, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I am so very sorry Ann. My heart reaches out to you. If there is anything I can do please never hesitate. As a fellow Fun Time Band member I’ve felt a closeness to you. My prayers are with you.

  14. Brian Reichart February 19, 2022 at 11:37 am

    To the Konopa family,
    I am so sad for your loss and know that he will be sorely missed. Tony was a wonderful and trusted employee. His pre-pack breakfasts for his maintenance crew were delightful and everyone looked forward to them each year. I enjoyed hearing about his hobby of raising orchids and wish I had asked him more details about them. I always marveled at his work ethic of driving from Frankfort every day. He always made in to work on those bad snow days, even when others who lived much closer did not! really liked Tony and enjoyed working with him very much.
    Brian Reichart

  15. Jessi Rector February 19, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Ann I am so very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for strength and comfort. Love to you.

  16. Lynn O’Brien February 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Prayers for the family.

  17. Tom and Marcia Dickerson February 23, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Ann and family, Our deepest sympathy on losing your wonderful husband, dad, and grandpa. Praying for you all during this sad time.

  18. Stacey & John Konopa February 23, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Thinking of all of you and sending hugs, love and prayers. We pray that your memories of Uncle Tony, love for each along with God’s peace, strength and love will keep him in your hearts forever.
    All our Love, John, Stacey, Krista & Maddie

  19. Leroy Konopa February 25, 2022 at 11:17 am

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I truly wanted to be with you but with the weather issues the days required for travel it was not possible.

    • Ann Konopa April 3, 2022 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Lee. I heard about the flooding and felt so bad about it as I know you would of course wanted to be here. There were many times we would talk about how nice it would be to see you but he hasn’t been able to travel for a long time because of his back which I’m sure other family members have maybe said something to you. Hoping you are in good health and enjoying life to its fullest. I am assuming that you are retired? Take care love you, Ann and Tony.

  20. Sherri Crews February 25, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. You two have been very special to Chad and I for many years. It is as if we have loss a family member. I enjoyed the time we spent together sitting with Tony and you at Chad and Katie’s wedding. Tony will be missed very much. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family. If I can do anything at anytime, please let me know.
    Sherri Crews

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