Connie V. Dopierala, 65, of Erie, passed away at UPMC-Hamot on Thursday, October 27, 2016, following an extended illness. Connie was born in Erie, Pa., on June 6, 1951, daughter of the late Edmund and Donna (Stafford) Dopierala. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James Stafford. Connie lived in Charleston, S.C. for 26 years, where she worked as an administrator in the Charleston School District. She is survived by two brothers; Herb Stafford of Summit Twp., Pa., and Dan Stafford of Northeast, Pa., one sister; Diane Washe of McKean, Pa., and several nieces and nephews.