HOPKA, Phyllis, 89, of Valrico, Florida, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020. Born in Niagara Falls, New York on March 6, 1931, she graduated Niagara Falls High School in 1949.
After marrying, she moved with her husband, Peter Hopka to his hometown of Montreal, Quebec. In 1956 they returned to the Falls, owning the Grand Inn for 13 years. Settling in Clearwater, FL in 1978, Phyllis worked as an office manager for A & M Engineering before retiring in 1989.
Known as Baba to her family, friends and loved ones, she was a nanny for many years to families who loved her as their own. Phyllis was a dedicated volunteer in the maternity ward of Mease Dunedin for over 20 years, giving her advise to all new moms. Phyllis enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Nadine Ochs (David) and Andrea Rockman (Carl); three grandchildren, Marshall Ochs, Lauren Youngblood, and Katie Rockman; and five great grandchildren.
Private memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
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