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Manuel Popoca Jr., 38, Woodstock

Manuel Popoca Jr., 38, Woodstock, died Sunday, June 26, 2016.

He was born July 11, 1977, to Manuel and Ines Popoca in Chicago. 

In 2001 he married Jessica Noster in Elkhorn, Wis. 

He was the youngest of seven siblings and found his calling as a writer by blogging for 

He founded his own entertainment media site PopCultHQ. He frequented the Comic-Con circuit interviewing actors, writers, directors, artists, celebrities and comic book creators. He was passionate about writing and loved the entertainment world including comic books, movies, television, art, interviewing entertainers and engaging with his writing staff. His eyes were brighter and his smile filled with pride when he spoke of his work. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. 

Survivors include his mother, Woodstock; his wife; two children, Jordan and Zackery;  six siblings, Jovita (Bernardo) Lopez, Mundelein, Flora (Jesus) Diaz, Gurnee, Alberto Popoca, Waukegan, Esteban (Adalia) Popoca, Woodstock, Nieves Popoca Murillo, Janesville, Wis., and Cleotilde (Jesus) Popoca, Janesville; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation and funeral Mass were held July 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Woodstock.  Burial was at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home.


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