Neal V. Choops, 72, owned and operated N. Choops Painting | Featured Obituaries



October 15, 1948 – February 20, 2021

Neal V. Choops took business classes in high school, but even before he graduated, he had picked up and demonstrated a strong work ethic.

He’s been babysitting, cleaning, doing odd jobs and shoveling snow since he was a teenager to save enough money to buy a snow blower, said his 52-year-old wife, Jeanene Choops.

But he was also generous, “the first to help and give to those in need and never leave a cup or plate empty,” said his family.

Mr. Choops died at Erie County Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized since January 13, after falling on ice on his way to work at 6 a.m. The Elma resident was 72 years old.

Mr. Choops was born in Buffalo as the youngest of four children of Cornelius and Verna Rettke Choops and grew up in Cheektowaga. He graduated from Cheektowaga Central High School in 1966.

After graduating, he had worked for Ogiony Development for several years, starting at age 14. His family called him a “self-made, strong businessman” whose “success came from believing in himself”.

He entered the U.S. Army Reserves and served for about six years.

On July 6, 1968, he married Jeanene Miller in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Immanuel in Buffalo. In the same year he founded N. Choops Painting, which he owned and operated until his death, and painted and applied for residential, commercial and industrial customers. He was also president of the company.

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