Anna L. Sopoci, 93, led Slovak organizations

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Anna Ludmilla Sopoci (nee Feriancik), 93, of Brookfield, died Dec. 3, 2012.

Ms. Sopoci was born on Oct. 28, 1919 in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. She came to love her new country while seeking ways to foster awareness and appreciation of her Slovak heritage.

She served as a tireless leader in several Slovak organizations, including Sokol USA Lodge 40W and the Slovak American Charitable Association. She was also an officer in the former United Lutheran Society.

Ms. Sopoci moved with her husband to East Orange, N.J. in 1971. There she served as editor of the Sokol Times for many years. The couple moved back to Brookfield upon their retirement in 1997.

She was the wife of Jan Sopoci; the mother of Jan Andrew Sopoci, Elena S. (Doug Belknap) Sopoci and Anne Marie (Paul) Brinley; the grandmother of Shannon (Rob) Corn, Tom (Hannah) Sopoci, Matthew Puhr, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Bianca (Ben Gillock) Sopoci-Belknap, Rory (Zuzka) Sopoci-Belknap, Kristen (Duncan) Cooper, Elizabeth Brinley, Janelle Brinley, Emily Brinley and the late Samantha Puhr; the great-grandmother of Nicole Corn, Jacob Corn and Rowan Sopoci-Gillock; the sister of the late Zuzana (John) Blaho and other siblings in Slovakia; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews in both the U.S. and Slovakia, especially Dr. Victoria (Tristan Coady) Blaho.

A funeral service was held Dec. 5 at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Riverside. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.

Memorial donations are appreciated to Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, Ill. 60546 or Sokol USA, Milan Getting Scholarship Fund, 276 Prospect St., East Orange, N.J. 07017.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

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