November 12, 1915 – September 1, 2011
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our mother, Sophie on September 1st, 2011. Sophie was born November 12th, 1915 to Bill and Katharine Formos in Lethbridge, Alberta. She met the love of her life Mike and was married in 1935 in Blewett, BC. After their marriage they resided in Trail until 1957. When dad received a promotion as section foreman they moved to Castlegar. In 1980 Mom decided to move back to Trail to be among her many Ukrainian friends. She enjoyed renewing her friendships and lived in her own home until 2009.
Mom loved to garden, crochet, sew and can. She made bread on a weekly basis and there were always plenty of goodies. She loved making Ukrainian borscht and perogies. She was a past member of the Trail Eagles and the Senior Citizens Assn. where she enjoyed cribbage and sing-song.
Sophie is survived by her children Beverley Maloff, Ron (Sharron) Horlick, Marlene Ostrom, and Elaine (Garrett) van der Meer; her grandchildren Teena Horlick (Martin), Mike (Allison) Horlick, Angela(Ken) Sweetland, Jason Olson, Josh(Amber) van der Meer, Garrett(Nicole)van der Meer, Mike(Kerry) van der Meer, and Michelle Maloff; and her great grandchildren Justin & Megan Dawley, Brittany & Dallas Horlick, Taylor, Levi and Griffin van der Meer, and Burkely van der Meer; her sister Millie Lechuck and brother George Lechuck.
She was predeceased by her husband Mike (1959), son Richard (1960), daughter Charlotte (1963), son in laws Larry Maloff (1997) and Iver Ostrom (2011), and grandson Chris Vanin (2004) as well as her parents, two sisters and two brothers. Mom will always be remembered for her cheerfulness, her singing and her enthusiasm for life.
The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful supportive staff at Castleview Care Centre, Dr. Vasil, and Bill Strilaeff Castlegar Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made directly to Castleview or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Mom’s request was to have no funeral service. A Family Grave Side Service and Interment was held Tuesday, September 6th at Park Memorial Cemetery officiated by Reverend Ann Pollock. Mom you will never be forgotten, you were the anchor of all our lives. “It’s a long way to Tipperary, and my heart’s right here. YAAAAHOOOO!”