Sophie Marie Elvey

Sophie M. Elvey, 92, Hollidaysburg, died Monday evening at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Walter and Margaret (Romerowicz) Kocoloski. She married Robert J. Elvey on Aug. 10, 1946, at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1990.

Surviving are two daughters: Cheryl Ann Strittmatter and husband, Jerry, and Suzanne McGowan and husband, Bill, all of Duncansville; a son, Robert W. and wife, Georgieann, of Harrisburg; six grandchildren: Deanna Strittmatter and her children, Samantha and Riley Duey; Connie Strittmatter; Theresa Almeida and husband, Jon, and their children, Elvey and Ruby Almeida; William McGowan Jr. and wife, Stephanie; Andrew McGowan and wife, Tia, and their daughter, Sophia; and Erin McGowan and fiance, John Castiglione; a sister, Helen Tomassetti and husband, Ernie, of Altoona; and a brother, Blaine and wife, Josephine, of Zanesville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Shawn Patrick McGowan; and three sisters: Stella Chislow, Cecelia Lockard and Blanche Munsch.

Sophie was a 1938 graduate of Altoona High School. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish (formerly SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church) and a former member of St. Hedwig’s Society and SS. Peter and Paul Rosary Society.

Sophie enjoyed her card club, gardening and putzing around the yard and especially spending time with her family and friends. She was on the election board at the Wehnwood precinct for 40 years.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held Thursday evening. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 12th Avenue and 20th Street, Altoona, by Father James D. Zatalava. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Garvey Manor Nursing Home, 1037 S. Logan Blvd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.