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Sofie Marie Menzel


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Sofie Marie Menzel Obituary
Menzel, Sofie Marie
passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 6, 2016. She was born December 22, 1916 in Los Angeles, California. She was 99 and the first born of 13 children. She moved with her parents, Louis and Katie Batastini to Santa Barbara, California at the age of 3 where she lived until she moved to Arizona in 1995. She is preceded in death by her husband John Sr., 6 sisters and 4 brothers, and survived by her son John Menzel ll and daughter Joan Salazar (Dan), in addition to 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchilren, 2 sisters, Marie Batastini and Diane Logan (Ron) and sisters-in-law, Doris and Beatrice Batastini and many nieces and nephews. She was a gracious, giving and generous person. Sofie's working career spanned 22 years at the UCSB, where she worked her way up to head dietician in food service and was often asked to coordinate banquet galas that would honor such dignitaries as Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Sofie was a people person enjoying long conversations with friends and even strangers, but by far her greatest joy was the 25 years she volunteered working for the Unity Shop in Santa Barbara exercising her giving and generous attributes to those less fortunate than she. She will be greatly missed and will live forever in our hearts. A Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, at 11:00 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church 539 La Pasada Blvd Goodyear Az. 85338. Committal will follow immediately after the Mass at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery 9925 W. Thomas Road Avondale, Az. A celebration of life gathering will be at the home of Granddaughter Cindy Duncan, 22704 N. 90th Drive, Peoria, Az. on Saturday, April 2nd at 1 pm.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2016
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