In early February, 2020, Marie was diagnosed with stage four Adenocarcinoma. Cancer. "Will I partner with fear or will I take down Goliath,” she asked with the same fire in her spirit that she'd shown so many times before. In the months between then and that rainy day in May, when the cancer made its final play, her strength dwindled, but her faith did not. She fought fiercly. But God had other plans for her. Early morning, on May, 21, 2020, in Boise, Idaho, Marie Ann (Konkol) Lopac left the earth peacefully. She was 58 years old.
Marie had a unique, loving soul, even from the time she was a child. She came into the world singing, with huckleberry stained fingers and dirt between her toes in Orofino, Idaho on February 5, 1962 to Ralph and Linda Konkol. To her 9 siblings, she was "Murf," a shy, pint-sized red-head, with cloudy green eyes that sometimes changed to blue, and a sweet disposition. She loved to sing and dance, gaining boldness in the spotlight while playing stand-up bass in the Konkol family band. At 11, she moved to her forever home, Boise, with her family, where she attended Boise Schools and graduated from Borah High School in 1980.
Growing up in a house with a crowded table made her want one of her own, but only after she had a bit of adventure. Young and full of energy, Marie migrated to the California Bay Area in 1984, working for a travel agency that allowed her to bounce across the world on any given weekend (but her favorite places were always tropical). Marie started her family at 26, moving with her now deceased husband, Maynard Navarro, back to Boise. She became a step-mother and friend to Maynard's children, Shaun and Tiffany, and soon after, brought Christian, Matthew, and Marissa into the world. After Maynard's passing in 1995, she doubled as a single mother by day, and a travel agent for Global Travel at night. She soon re-married to a good ol' Wisconsin man,Tom Lopac, and together they had two beautiful girls, Abigail and Gabrielle.
Marie had a warmth to her like no other. When she'd pray, her hands always ran hot and the fierceness of her spirit would move mountains, fueled by an all encompassing love for her God. She spent her life serving other people, ensuring no mouth went unfed at her table, no broken heart stayed lonely, and that her gifts were used to bring joy. She'd write songs for strangers on her guitar, play in nursing homes with her ukulele band, The Merry-makers, and highlight the strengths of each person she met. She was a woman after God's own heart and in return filled the hearts of so many. Sweet Marie, Murf, Grandma-Re, may be gone, but her love will live on through each life that she touched.
Marie Ann (Konkol) Lopac is survived by her husband, Tom Lopac; her step-children, Tiffany (Jerry) Carrasco and Shaun (Sheena) Navarro; her children Christian (Jordhi), Matthew, and Marissa (Tim) Navarro, Abigail and Gabrielle Lopac; her caretaker and friend, Heather Navarro; her parents, Ralph and Linda Konkol; her sisters, Bernie Wynn, Kelly Buendia, Corrina Broulliard, and Debbie Keely; her brothers Joe, Steve, Louie, Nick, and John Konkol; as well as 11 grandchildren (plus two on the way); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Marie’s Life will be held on June 13, 2020 with the ceremony starting at 11 AM at the Vineyard Boise, 4950 N Bradley St, Garden City, ID 83714.