Sophie J. Smith, 87, of Norfolk, NE formerly of Primrose, NE, passed Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Heritage of Bel Air Nursing Home in Norfolk, NE.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, NE with Msgr. Ralph Steffensmeier officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Primrose, NE. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at the church with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service. Visitation will resume Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Levander Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids, NE.
Sophie Josephine Smith, the daughter of Charles R. and Lucy (Gregroski) Sleva was born on April 21, 1930 on a farm in Platte County, Nebraska. She was baptized, received Solemn Communion, and was confirmed at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus, NE. Sophie attended kindergarten at District 4, and elementary at St. Anthony’s in Columbus, NE. She went to high school at St. Bonaventure and Kramer High School in Columbus, NE.
On June 19, 1946 Sophie was united in marriage to Russell D. Smith at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus, NE; The couple lived in several communities including: Columbus, NE; Albion, NE, Logansport, IN; Warsaw, IN; and then settled in Primrose, NE in 1965. In 2012 Sophie moved to Madison, NE. She worked as a housewife and homemaker. She also did custom painting on the exterior and interior of houses.
Sophie was a member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, NE. She had served as president of the Altar Society at St. Mary’s in Primrose, NE. Sophie taught CCD in most of the communities they lived in. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Sophie loved to work with her flowers, and enjoyed fishing, playing cards, visiting, and her polka music.
She is survived by her children: June (Larry) Boeh of Norfolk, NE; Holly (Doug) Kolm of Norfolk, NE; Tori (David) Nunn of Surprise, AZ; Jocelyn (Kelly) Petersen of Madison, NE; and Scott (Brenda) Smith of Grand Island, NE; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; sister-in-law Mary Lucht of Strafford, MO; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Sophie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell; daughter Kimberly Smith; 2 sons: Raymond and Douglas Smith; 3 great-grandchildren; and 13 siblings.