EXETER - Sophie Byk Wilson, with her husband of 68 years by her side, died peacefully on March 24, 2013, at Rockingham County Nursing Home, Brentwood.
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Born in Manchester, on Sept. 4, 1921, Sophie was the daughter of Walter and Antonina Byk. She attended Manchester Central High School and the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1942. Following graduation, she moved to Groveton, where she taught high school social studies. There she met Francis (Frank), her future husband. The couple married in Key West, Fla., in 1945. While Frank served in the U.S. Navy, Sophie worked for the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and joined the Army Signal Corps.
After returning to New Hampshire, Sophie spent the next 20 years raising her children. When she returned to teaching, she taught French at Epping High School for more than 20 years, retiring in 1983. Sophie will forever be remembered as "Madame Wilson" to her students. After retirement, she volunteered her time at the Senior Center in Exeter, Exeter Hospital, and tutored those in need of Polish language instruction. She was a parishioner of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Exeter.
Sophie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was her pride and joy.
She was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Cushman, grandson Christopher Wilson, and brother Joseph Byk.
Sophie is survived and deeply missed by her husband, Frank of Exeter; two sons Frank Jr. and wife Debbie of North Sandwich and Jack and wife, Rae of Las Cruces, N.M.; "Gram" to five grandchildren, Cristine Topping, Brittany Sobey, Andrew Wilson, Karoline Wilson and Amy Wilson, along with four great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Max, Maddox, and Adrian; sisters Evelyn Heleniak and Annette Currie of Manchester, and brother Walter Radcliffe of Nashua, and many nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: A graveside service will be privately held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NHSPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, 03885.
Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, s handling the arrangements. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Mar. 28, 2013