Sophie Kraszewski

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Wooden Cross ca. 2001

Sophie Kraszewski, 96, Howard, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, March 4, 2018, at Woodside Manor II. The daughter of Stanley and Frances (Kabara) Stepien was born January 2, 1922, in Sampson. On October 23, 1943, she married Donald Kraszewski in Chase. The couple farmed in the town of Chase since their marriage, until retiring in 1984.

Sophie lived by these words: “All that I do is for the honor and glory of God.” She was a devout Catholic and had been a member of St. Joseph Parish in Chase, where she belonged to the Altar Society, and then was an active member of St. Benedict Parish in Suamico, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Mass Server, and had belonged to the Altar Society. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paul’s Pantry, and many area nursing homes.

Sophie and Don raised six permanently placed children in their home. The couple belonged to the Whirl-Aways and Circle F Square Dance Clubs. She had a passion for board games and cards.

Survivors include one son: Mike Hoppe, Howard; three daughters: Wendy Tourtillott, Green Bay, Cheryl (Richard) Stallard, Orlando, FL, and Margie Bolls, Appleton; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law: Marge Cuprys, Krakow and Jackie LaBrosse, Howard; her brothers and sisters: Lloyd (Dorothy) Stepien, West Allis, Florence Kowalkowski, Pulaski, Marie (Ben) Schoenborn, Brookfield, Lorraine Stepien, Pulaski, Dennis (Joann) Stepien, Suamico, Jerry (Dorothy) Stepien, Sobieski, Bonnie (Dick) McDermid, Pulaski, and Tom (Diane) Stepien, Howard; a sister-in-law: Marion Stepien, Sobieski; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, on August 23, 1989; two sons: Walter Cuprys and Jim LaBrosse; a brother: Louis Stepien; two sisters and two brothers-in-law: Julie (Bob) Heinzen, Sr. Dolorice (Stephanie) Stepien, and Frank Kowalkowski.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at St. Benedict Church, Suamico, Fr. Judah Pigon presiding. Entombment took place in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Green Bay.