Michael Andrew Sopchak, MD, 73, of York, PA, died peacefully Monday, October 2 at the WellSpan York Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Syracuse, he son of Mary Ann (Shaver) and the late Michael SopchMichael was a graduate of Westhill High School, Cornell University, and SUNY Upstate Medical University. A member of the American Medical Association, his commitment to his craft led him to Albany Medical Center, where he completed his internship, and soon after embarked on a residency in anesthesiology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA. Michael became an anesthesiologist at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, before moving to York, PA, and joining Anesthesia Associates of York, PA, where he worked for many years. He concluded his medical career at Hanover Hospital, working with Hanover Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Following his retirement, Michael enjoyed working at Leg Up Farm. He remained deeply devoted to his faith and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of York, PA, since 1985. Michael’s unwavering belief in the Lord led him to embark on yearly medical mission trips to India for nearly thirty years. As co-founder of the Carmel Matriculation School, he extended the gift of education and spiritual guidance to countless underprivileged children, leaving an enduring legacy of compassion and empowerment. Michael was a longtime friend of Bill W. A lover of travel, he explored the far reaches of the world. Additionally, he had a deep appreciation for music and served as a talented French horn player.
Michael is predeceased by his father, Michael; and his beloved sister, Barbara Sopchak.
Surviving are his wife, Marcia Lins Lima; mother, Mary Ann (Shaver); daughters, Karen R. (Jonathan Rodney) Sopchak and Rebecca A. (Tyler) Coatney; grandchildren, Charley and Elliot Coatney, Jonathan and Isiah Sopchak, and Sterling Archer Rodney; siblings, John (Carol), Thomas (Gael), Daniel (Sandy), William, Carl (Michelle), Mary (Linda Montgomery) Clancy, and Dawn (Greg) Wood; former wife of 42 years, Ann R. Sopchak; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Michael & St. Peter, 4781 W. Seneca Tpke., Syracuse.