Joshua Thomas
Greece: Thursday, June 14, 2012 at age 17. Predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Helen Nasca; paternal grandparents, Paul and Judith Opladen. Survived by his parents, Steven and Janice Opladen; brothers, Patrick and Alexander; sister, Lauren; many aunts, uncles, cousins; several dear friends. Joshua was an avid hockey goalie and was recognized for his many accomplishments. He had great sport ethics and was a multi sport athlete. Joshua was a well respected, hard working, model student. He was a wonderful caring son, brother, friend and loved by his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Friends may call Tuesday, June 19th 3-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 20th 10:00 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Tyler Putnam Foundation at 115 Queens Lane Rochester, New York 14617 in Joshua's memory.

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  1. Dear Janice, Steve, & Family,
    We are all so very sorry for all of you. We will hold on to the great memories of watching your son in the net. Hold on to the great memories as those can never be taken away. Know that our prayers & deep sorrow our with all of you. May God surround you all with peace!
    With deep Sympathy & Love,
    Rosanne, Mark, Anthony, & Mark Bertolani

  2. Dear Josh, I did not know you personally, but I did know you through the loving reflections of your mom with whom I am privileged to work. You will always remain a highly admired member of your class and community and a beloved and cherished member of your family. We all feel profoundly at a loss by your passing. I wish for you the peace you seek, and I wish for your family the time not be distant when your daily memories bring a smile before a tear. May God bless you always. Ron Schwartz

  3. Dear Opladen Family,
    We do not know each other personally, but the loss of your son Josh has saddened me deeply. Please accept my sincere sympathy and I will be praying to the Lord to wrap His arms around you and keep you strong.
    When the loss of a child occurs, it effects all the parents in our Communtiy. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Dear Opladen family,
    Words cannot express what we feel in our hearts for you. We pray you have the courage and strength to face this terrible burden of grief, and that peace will prevail. The entire hockey community will always remember Josh and cherish the good memories. He was loved by all. Gramma and Papa Lane.

  5. Dear Opladen Family,
    I was Josh’s 6th grade ELA teacher. I remember him as an excellent student with a winning smile and wonderful people skills. I am so deeply sorry for your great loss. May warm memories help soften your sorrow, and may faith help you face each tomorrow.
    In sympathy,
    Lisa Bucklin

  6. Dear Opladen Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. God bless you & be with you.
    In His love,
    Lisa & family

  7. Dear Opladen Family,
    Our hearts our broken for the loss of your precious son Josh. You do not know us but our son Gordon played hockey with him last season on the Rochester Stars. Gordie loved being around Josh had only wonderful things to say about him. May God as well as your Family and Friends comfort you at this time. Josh will be missed and remembered forever. Love, Debbie and Jay Ceasar

  8. Dear Steve and Family, We pray that God will watch over and help you during this difficult time. Josh is loved by many and will be sadly missed. He touched many hearts and we are hearing of the great and memorable times that Robby wishes to cherish of their times together on the hockey teams. There are so much more cherished memories that all his friends and family have of Josh and that is something that will stay in yours and our hearts forever. Josh is with you and is by God’s side as an Angel watching over his family. Please find peace in knowing that Josh and your family are loved by many many people and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Lisa, Rob, Robby and Danielle Cammilleri

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. While the sadness and grief will always be there I believe the joy you received from having Josh for 17 years will overcome the sadness. What a blessing he was for you and the family. I will pray that God gives you the strength you need now and in the future

  10. I didn’t know you very well, but from those I have heard from, you were an amazing person. You made many laugh, gave encouragement and motivation, and helped those in need. It is so hard to believe that we have lost a Titan. I give my heart and prayers out to you and your family. You will forever be missed in the Greece Community, and will always remain in our hearts. Heaven has received an angel, and the sky has gained another star. I will be looking up at you from now on. One day we will meet again, and until then your friends and family will live on in your memory. Rest In Peace Joshua Thomas Opladen.

  11. I met Josh a couple of summers ago when he began working summers for our family business (Pat’s at the Beach). I knew from our first meeting he was a great kid. He was friendly, outgoing and alway had a beautiful smile on his face. I especially remember how he treated my mom with respect, but teased her and made her feel like one of the group. Josh you will be missed by your work family. May you rest in peace. May God Bless your family and help them through these sad days. Love, MaryLou

  12. Janice & Family~
    I am terribly sorry for the loss of your son Josh. I remember all of the kids from work when I worked in Vascular Surgery with you Janice. All of the words in the world cannot express my deep sympathy for your family and what you are going through right now. Janice you are the most amazing Mother, person and nurse I have ever known in my life. You ALWAYS give your all, whether it is to the patients as well as your family. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. God bless your whole family.
    Love: Jessica Lynn Sedore

  13. Janice and Steve – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My your memories of Joshua sustain you in this time of grief. Karen Hibbard

  14. Janice, Steve and Family:
    It is obvious in Josh’s short life he touched many others. His ability at sports was a conduit for him to meet and interact with so many people young and old. You will always be proud of him.
    Josh is loved by many, many people.

  15. Josh and Family,

    I didn’t know you at all. Although I am Arcadia Alumni class of 2007. My little sister was friends with you (Lexi butcher) and from what I know you were a great kid with many things going for you. I wish the Opladen family my sincerest condolences. May you rest in peace and watch over your family Josh, let them know your okay and happy up there. Spread your wings and fly buddy!

  16. Josh i wont forget my first year on the tean with you. Espically probably the only time i ever scored on you during practice you got so mad cause you took hockey so serious. You were the best goalie i ever played with you and you will be missed so much RIPOP

  17. Josh, I met you twice my entire life, but from what I have heard, I wish it was much more. You were loved by so many people and your memory will always be alive in everyone’s hearts. I knew your girlfriend, Maddie, and I love her very much. She is a great friend to me, and the relationship you two shared was beautiful. What we can be comforted with now is the fact that you are in a better, happier place. You are and will always be greatly missed. RIP Josh Opladen

  18. Josh,

    I never knew or met you but have worked with your dad. Everything he told me about you and your siblings was nothing but the best and of high regard. God bless you and your family and heaven has earned an amazing goalie up above play hard up there and know your friends and family will see you again someday. Your memory will live on through awesome memories I hope you are at peace and can live life happily in your next journey.

  19. Josh,
    I didn’t know you at all, but I know your sister Lauren well. I am so very sorry for the loss. You will be missed dearly. From what I remember, is your sister telling me crazy little stories from the great times you both have had together, that made me laugh and smile at the thought of them. I give my hopes and prayers to your family and those who will miss you. I am truly sorry for the loss of some of you. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. My heart will aches in sadness for your family. And what it meant for your family to lose you, no one will probably ever know. Josh, you were a great kid.
    R.I.P Joshua Thomas Opladen 9/4/1994-6/14/2012

  20. Josh,
    You are a very fine young man—-gone too soon. Rest with comfort and watch over your family that loves you very much-Peace to you now.

  21. My daughter and I are so very sorry for the loss of your son, Josh. My daughter and her friends go to a different school in Greece, but all speak very highly of him. Our heart just breaks for all of you and for Josh. Please know our prayers, along with so many others, are sent to you and know he is your angel now. Kim Malone and Rachel Roxstrom

  22. once in a while a young man comes along that makes you feel like the most important person in the world!!!

    We were so lucky!!!!

    The Jackson Family misses you so…..

  23. Our hearts go out to your family. Josh was a bright and talented young man that put a smile on my son’s face at the rink. He will be greatly missed and our prayers are with you and your family.

    Tara, Shane, Anthony & Austn Harding
    Maksymum Hockey

  24. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this time. Please reach out if you need to talk or if there is anything we might be able to do for you.

  25. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Opladen family. Although we have never met Josh in person being a goalie family we have seen him throughout NY ice rinks through the years and Ian was looking forward to learning from his this coming season. Words may not ease the pain but know there are many people that are praying for peace and comfort. Thinking of your family at this time and sending heartfelt sympathy. RIP Josh.

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remember the good times with Josh and the vibrant, smart and talented young man he was.

  27. Please accept our deepest sympathy and it is with great sadness that I write this message. Our young people have lost a terrific ambassador who exhibited the true joy in growing up, making friends, playing sports and making his family proud of his accomplishments. We will always remember Josh fondly and continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Rick Ross & Family

  28. Steve & Family, we are so very saddened by your loss. We have many wonderful memories of watching Josh play hockey with Brad. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Brown Family

  29. Steve & Janice

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. May the love and strength of your family and friends help you during this difficult time.

    Colleen LeFay

  30. Steve and Family, My heart goes out to you during this most difficult time. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and may all the good memories you have bring some peace in the days ahead. Love and prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

  31. Steve and Family, Our deepest sympathies at the loss of your son. Josh was a bright and shining star. A sweet and compassionate young man loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He reminded me so much of Dylan every time I saw him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to your family.
    The Howatt Family

  32. Steve and Janice so sorry to hear of this news. I wish you all the best and hope that heavenly father is with you and blesses you at this time. All my best God bless you and your family.

  33. Steve and Janice. I am so deeply saddened to hear of this loss in your beautiful family. I remember Josh in so many fond memories. I have a box that I keep all the momentos from when Anthony was playing baseball and found the team picture from the 2000 Greece LL T-Ball team in which I coached. The boys were just 5 years old. That picture brought back so many priceless memories. I can still vividly remember Josh showing up for our first practice with full catchers gear and blowing me away with his athletic skills at such a young age. I also found a card that Josh sent to me thanking me for being his coach. I could not help but cry. Such a tragedy, such a loss. We will be praying for Josh and your entire family. May God Bless you all. Joe, Lisa, Anthony Marasco

  34. Steve and Janice: We are so very sorry for
    your loss. We remember Josh as an adorable, inquisitive little boy with such a love for hockey. Your family is in our prayers. God Bless you all.

    Cheryl and Lin

  35. Steve, Janice, Patrick, Alexander, & Lauren.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    We wish you and your famliy well.
    If I could only shoulder some of your your pain.

  36. The focus of my thoughts and prayers are with your family in your time of sorrow. Tears flow as I am typing this. Although I do not know you on a strong personal level, Steve and Janice, I am thourghly convinced you are great people and even better parents. Please DO NOT blame yourselves for this unfotunate incodent. The faster you come to believe this the sooner you may begin to heal. Again, I pray to GOD Almighty that you may head these words. May God Bless you and yours and watch over His newest angel.

  37. To Joshua’s family – you are being held dearly in my prayers at this moment, as you will be throughout the times ahead. I am praying that God will grant you peace and the knowledge that you are cared for deeply by those around you. With most sincere sympathy,
    Linda Glosser

  38. To Patrick and Joshua’s family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. While I only knew Joshua and coached him in men’s league hockey a short time, I gained a world of respect for him very quickly. I could see a lot of great things in him to look up to him for and respect him for. He treated myslef and every one else the best. It is a pleasure to know him and to have had the pleasure of being around him. He will be missed.

    Phil Leutz
    Coach, men’s hockey team

  39. To Steve, Janice & family. We are praying for you in this time of need. We are so sorry for your loss and can’t imagine your pain from the loss of your son. Please remember that the community is here for you and will help you through your time of need.

  40. To The Opladen Family,
    so very sorry for your loss. Your family will be forever in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Martel Family.

  41. To The Opladen’s

    Your son Josh was a very dear friend to our son, Kevin. Kevin has many cherished memories of all the good times they spent together. Your family has been in our thoughts and we want to wish you our sincere condolences. The Federation Family

  42. Very sorry to hear about Joshua. I remember him when he was just a little tot and as a great young man. It was a pleasure to have known him and his great family. He will be missed by all. You are all in my prayers.

  43. We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this very sad time in your life. Remember we Love you very much and lift you all in prayer.

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