Written by Sophia’s daughter Tracey
Mom was very involved with her family. She had four children, Tracey, Lori, Julie and Dan; three sons-in-law, Joe, Ken and Keith; and four grandchildren, Joey, Trevor, Cassie and Ashley.
Her favorite things to do always involved her family and especially her grandchildren. She would travel all over the country to watch her granddaughter Cassie perform in baton competitions. She also enjoyed Ashley’s soccer matches. She spent this past Thanksgiving in Canada watching Trevor play hockey. She was most happy when her family was together.
She still worked part time at Transit Valley as the coat check lady and became a favorite there as evidenced by the number of employees and members who came to her wake, from the president of the club to the valet attendants and numerous members. One friend in attendance told the family the Sophia had no enemies - everyone loved her.
She was just such a good person. She really touched so many people by her kindness. She was silently a giving person. We never knew how many "causes" she had until after her death. She lived her life with a strong faith in God, Family and Kindness.
Mom decided when my father passed in 1991 to honor his memory by agreeing to organ donation. "He would have wanted this." Her oldest grandson, Joey, was born with a heart defect and needed a heart transplant. He received his transplant in 1993. Sophia became involved in organ donation by attending all the Transplant Games that Joey participated in, from Ohio to Minnesota. She also helped with all fundraising done to raise funds for the Transplant Team from selling 50/50 tickets at the Sabres Games to selling tickets at the Taste of Buffalo.
When Sophia passed away May 1 the decision to donate was easy - not only did she live her life as a proponent of organ donation, she signed her driver's license.