OPPECKER, Frank Berthold, Jr.
Age 85 of "Iris Place" in Athens died Friday, October 2, 2009. Dr. Oppecker was born in Camden, New Jersey, son of the late Franz B. Oppecker and Louise Wichtel Oppecker and was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Oppecker Riley. He taught instrumental music for thirty-one years in the Camden Public Schools, having attended Temple University and the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. He was a member of the New Jersey Education Association, and was a veteran of World War II. Dr. Oppecker held positions as church organist in three churches in New Jersey; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Asbury Methodist Church (Camden), and St. Andrew's United Methodist Church (Cherry Hill) where he was a charter member. He received an award for music composition from the Radio Corporation of America (RCA); and was president of the Beethoven Club of Camden County, founded in 1909, conducting their orchestra in formal concerts. He was the founder and director of the Oppecker Music & Dance Academy of Cherry Hill where he lived for thirty-two years. Listed as a Master Craftsman in the Piano Technicians Guild, he tuned pianos and repaired violins and bows. Dr. Oppecker retired to Athens in 1986, becoming a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church where he was a substitute organist. He was a member of the Athens Area Retired Teachers Association and the Athens Historical Society. The family will receive friends from 2:30-4:00PM Tuesday, October 6th and from 1:30-2:15PM Wednesday, October 7th at BERNSTEIN FUNERAL HOME. Graveside services will be 2:30PM Wednesday, October 7th at Evergreen Memorial Park with Richard Moeller officiating. Survivors include his wife, Janet Peterson Oppecker of Athens; one son, Kenneth John Oppecker of Athens; a brother, Joseph Oppecker of Venice, FL, and a sister, Evelyn Weeast of Rocky Mount, NC. Condolences for Dr. Oppecker may be made at www.mem.com Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.