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Sophie Rose (Yopek) Ferrari

August 22, 1932 ~ August 29, 2018 (age 86)

Sophie Rose Ferrari was waved home by her third base coach and late husband Remo on August 29, 2018, their 65th wedding anniversary. Her true life’s work as an iconic mother began on August 22, 1932 when she was born in Ridgway to the late John and Genevieve (Gorlowski) Yopek. She was the sister to Stanley, Jane and Cecilia of Erie, Virginia and Ohio respectively. On Aug. 29th of 1953, she succumbed to her penchant for bad boys and married the love of her life, Remo Ferrari of Elbon, PA. It was shortly after, when the angel on earth fulfilled her true calling in life and started a family. She gave life and everything in her soul to her to five children; Geno (wife Dorothy), Julie (deceased, husband Chuck), Angela, Diane (husband Donald) and didn’t stop until she perfected it in 1975 with her last, Michael (wife Teresa). Her passion for nurturing her family was only surpassed by her love for her grandchildren; Andrew (wife Laura), Dominic, and Adam Ferrari, Chuck Jr. and John McKain, Hannah and Daniel Park and Luke and Madelyn Ferrari and her great grandchildren, namesake Sophia, and Vincent Remo. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, her special friend John Fedorko of Kersey, and her brother-in-law Geno (Rona) Ferrari of Kersey.  She was preceded in death by her husband on April 2, 2004.

Sophie was a mother or second mother to all she met. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the Elk County Historical Society, and she loved to polka and was a member of the Pennsylvania Polka Club.  She resided in Ridgway all her life and was a graduate of St. Leo High School.  She had been employed by Elk County General Hospital for 22 years.  She enjoyed the Ridgway Public Library and was an avid Ridgway Legion Baseball fan. Her time on earth was filled with absolute and unconditional love, Polka music, dances with John, baseball, doing laundry by hand and hanging it out on clotheslines, kindness and compassion. Though she once drove demolition cars, played drums, worked at the hospital and served anyone that walked into her home with outdated food and unthawed bread for a sandwich and conversation, her legacy will remain eternal and can be found in the foundation that was built with her loving hands, on her shoulders, for her entire family. A good Polish woman carry many bag cement…now it’s our turn to carry it for her. Please join our family at Thompson Funeral Home Friday August 31, 2018, from 5 – 8 p.m. A Wake Service will be held Friday evening at the funeral home at 7:45 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial and Committal for Sophie R. Ferrari will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.  Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church.  Burial will be at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ridgway Public Library.



Donations may be made to:

Ridgway Public Library
329 Center St., Ridgway PA 15853

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