Mr. Paul George Otrupcak, a lifelong Little Falls resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2023 surrounded by a family who loved him more than anything in the world.
Paul was born in Little Falls on Jan. 5, 1932, son of the late George and Anna (Mizerak) Otrupcak and he grew up on Rollway Farm (Otchie’s Mountain) on the south side of town with his brothers and sisters who have preceded him in death. They were, Ann, Sue, Kristine, Betty, Katherine, Eva, Elaine, Steve and John. His surviving brother is Michael. Paul attended schools in Little Falls. His last professional employment was with Burrows Paper Corporation, now Twin Rivers, beginning his employment in 1960 and he retired in 1997. He was a machine tender and was respected by all his coworkers. Paul was a hard worker and always made sure his wife and daughters had the very best of everything. He was a proud Veteran having the honor of serving during the Korean War with the United States Navy from 1952-1956. From 1952-1954 he served with the Naval Air Station in Memphis, TN and from 1954-1956, he served as a fire control tech (3rd Class) in Norfolk, VA. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, European Occupation Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Paul served on the USS Gearing DD-710 Destroyer, Squadron 4. He received an honorable discharge for his dedicated service. Paul kept in touch with his best Navy friends over the years, Donald Zugay of Delavan, Wisconsin and Donald Worsford of Covington, Indiana. Paul was united in marriage with his beloved wife, Katherine Sadlek at St. Mary's Church, Little Falls, with the Rev. Edward H. Gilmour, officiating. The couple enjoyed a blessed union of 70 years. Mrs. Otrupcak passed away on May 9, 2023.
Paul loved all sports, especially watching his beloved NY Yankees and his Syracuse Orange. He enjoyed watching his twin grandchildren and four great grandchildren playing sports throughout the years.
He and his family looked forward to traveling every summer to Cape Cod, MA vacationing for 38 years right up until this past August when his family took him back to the place they all loved. One of his highlights of Cape Cod was having his photo taken with Senator Ted Kennedy. He enjoyed going to Hunter Mountain with his family, watching and enjoying polka bands and dancing with his favorite dancing partner, his wife Katherine. He enjoyed Quebec Canada trips to the Shrines and Montreal. He also enjoyed camping at Piseco Lake with the family and loved to take a fall trip there to see the beautiful foliage. Paul’s entire existence revolved around the enormous love he had for his wife, daughters, and family. He was a joyous individual with a kind heart and will be missed by many. Paul and his wife Katherine had a beautiful home they were proud of with a picturesque view overlooking the entire city of Little Falls. They enjoyed working side by side tending to their meticulous yard and gardens they kept over the years.
Paul was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years, Katherine, whom he just could not live without. Paul will be missed dearly by his devoted and loving daughters, Diana Toher and husband Thomas of Little Falls, Cynthia Otrupcak of Little Falls, his pride and joy twin grandsons and their spouses, Thomas Toher and wife Stacia of Mechanicville, Christopher Toher and wife Andrea of Canajoharie, his adored great grandchildren, Courtney, Thomas, Brady and Natalie, a brother in law John Sadlek and wife Loueva of Sebastian, FL, special nieces and nephews, Cheryl Boucher, John Sadlek, Kathy and Jack Riley, Mary Belleville, Douglas and Karlene Roberts and all of their children. The whole family shared many holidays together and never missed a Christmas Eve gathering. He also leaves other nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Deepak Buch for his devoted care and kindness. A heartfelt thank you to all of Paul’s wonderful, caring neighbors, Sara and Rick Hartman and Diane Crimmins, along with many devoted friends. The Otrupcak family has placed arrangements under the direction and care of the Little Falls owned Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls, 315-508-5131.
There are no calling hours. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from the Holy Family Parish, corner of E. Main and John Sts., with the Rev. Brian Slezak, pastor, officiating. Burial will be private. Military honors will be offered by the US Navy. Please consider a contribution to the Holy Family Parish in Paul’s memory specifically to the Rebuild and Renew Restoration Campaign. Envelopes can be obtained by contacting Daniel J. Enea at Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, Little Falls.