It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our founder, mother, grandmother, and esteemed businesswoman, Sophia K. Socha. We will miss her dearly.
Please see below for Sophia’s obituary:
Sophia Katherine Socha (Sophie), age 86, of Glenville, NY, and beloved widow of Walter J. Socha, entered into eternal rest with her family by her side on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs.
Born, Sophia Katherine Kopacki, on January 1, 1930 in Schaghticoke, NY, she was the daughter of Andrew Kopacki and Apolonia Filipek Kopacki. She grew up in Clifton Park, NY on her family’s Waite Road farm and attended school at a nearby one-room schoolhouse. She later graduated from Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake High School. After graduating from high school, the intelligent, numbers-savvy Sophie went to work for General Electric, working in the Payroll Department. Beautiful, as well as smart, Sophie did some informal modeling for a local clothes shop. An exercise enthusiast, Sophie even spent a few years as the gym teacher at St. Helen’s Catholic School!
Her major life’s work began after meeting, Walter J. Socha, a home builder. After they married on July 15, 1951, Walt relied on Sophie to meet with their home buyers and manage the contracts for their home sales. Together they created Walter J. Socha Builders, and after building and selling several homes and neighborhoods, they turned to apartment building and property management of those properties. Sophie filled the roles of rental agent, human resources, office manager, bookkeeper, as well as customer service, and later managed the office staff that was needed as the business grew.
Sophie had many interests outside of work. She loved gardening, and her yard was always Better Homes and Garden worthy. Red, pink and white geraniums and pink-purple hanging fushias were her favorites. She traveled the world with her husband, Walt, often with local Home Builders Association members. Sophie and Walt shared a love for the game of golf and were longtime members of The Edison Club, where they had many friends. Sophie loved fashion and looking her best, but was equally comfortable in casual clothes, enjoying the company of her grandchildren. She also loved polka dancing and was a devout Catholic with a special love for the Blessed Mother Mary.
Sophie is survived by her three children, Michael J. (Sara Landon) Socha, Marilyn Socha-Ruggiero (Lou Ruggiero) and William J. (Shelly) Socha; as well as her sisters, Caroline Trzeciak (Joseph), Julia Lipinski; and brother, Florian (Janet) Kopacki. Additionally, Sophie is survived by her six grandchildren, Natasha Wyatt, Brandon Wyatt, Zöe Socha, Grace Socha Sanders (Joseph Sanders), Grant (Erin) Socha and Taylor Socha; as well as several nieces and nephews. Sophie was predeceased by sisters, Frances Mutryn and Mary Chotkowski; and brothers, Stanley, Fred, Frank and John Kopacki.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing and loving staff of 3 Hathorn at Wesley Health Care Center. These caring professionals became Sophie’s extended family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Sophie’s memory to Wesley Health Care Center, The Wesley Foundation at www.thewesleycommunity.org (or 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866) and/or The Church of The Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, Glenville, NY 12302.