FALCONER – Officials and residents across Chautauqua County are continuing to mourn and remember former Chautauqua County Clerk Sandy Sopak, who died Friday at her home in Falconer at the age of 78.
Sopak was elected to the position of Chautauqua County clerk in the 1993 election and served for 20 years, retiring in 2013.
Among the highlights of her public service was receiving the national Award of Merit in 1999, which was presented by the National Genealogical Society. She was the first county clerk in the country to receive the award.
In 2004 she was named Clerk of the Year by the New York State Association of County Clerks. In 2007 she won the Wheeler Melius Award for outstanding service in records management.
She is survived by her husband, James Sopak along with three children and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Levant Wesleyan Church in Falconer. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Falconer Funeral Home.