Sophie Rose Anilionis, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Marinette on June 22, 2013. Born December 4, 1920, in Goodman, to Frank and Rose Sopkowicz, the sixth of their nine children.
Sophie married Anton (Tony) Anilionis on September 13, 1941. He passed away in 1995. In her younger years, she grew up and lived on the family farm while attending Goodman schools. She attended high school at the Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle, Ill. After moving to Marinette in 1964, she continued to pursue various courses at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College including millinery and fur-restyling crafts. She has been well-known by friends and family for her recipes and baking abilities. She has been very active with Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Menominee, Mich. She has been involved in the Apostolic Christian Renewal and attended the Rosary Rally for 27 years. She continued to promote and support Our Lady of Good Success up to the time of her death.
Sophie is survived by two children: Maryte (Mark), of Longmont, Colo., and Raymond (Deborah), of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren: Keri, Kristen, Katie, and Kelsey; one great-grandson, Jake; and two brothers: Stanley of Goodman and Steve of West Bend. Her siblings: Sister Gemma, Stella, Edward, Bruce, Caroline, and more recently Ted, preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home, in Marinette, from 4 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The Vigil prayer service will begin at 4 p.m. with Father Mark McQuesten presiding. The Rosary will be recited following the Vigil. Relatives and friends may also call at the funeral home on Friday, June 28, 2013, during the hours of 8 to 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, for the repose of the soul of Sophie Anilionis, at 11 a.m. on Friday in Holy Spirit Church, Menominee, with Father Corey Litzner presiding.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Goodman, Wis.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers from Northland HomeCare and ResCare for assisting in her care at her home over the last months. The family could not have done this without the genuine kindness and compassion from all caregivers and friends that have been involved with keeping her at home as her final wish.