Michael C. Coppola, of Sussex, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the age of 87. Born in Brooklyn, NY he was a longtime resident of Oakland and Mahwah. Michael graduated the Citadel in 1954 and proudly served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Before retiring, he was the Vice President of Sales at Alkahn Labels Inc., in New York City. He was an avid golfer, skier and a former boxer and gymnast. Michael is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Joan E. Coppola, who passed away in 2017. He is survived by his two cherished daughters: Laura Mortara and Stephanie Benfante; four beloved granddaughters: Allison, her husband Joseph, Nicole, Katie and Sara. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, (vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 700 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff, NJ. The Interment will follow at Redeemer Cemetery in Mahwah. Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s New Jersey, 425 Eagle Rock Ave., Suite 203, Roseland, NJ 07068 (www.alznj.org)

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