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Esther Sokup, of Tempe, died suddenly on April 2 at the age of 87. She was born in Chicago, IL on August 21, 1926, daughter of the late Stanley and Phyllis Olsza, and moved to Tempe in 1984. Harold, her loving husband of 47 years preceded her in death in 1998. She is survived by her 3 children, Donna (Robert) Gildenstern of Tempe, Judith (David) Donica of Spring, TX, Harold (Angela) Sokup, Jr. of Zion, IL. Five grandchildren: Michael, John (Vanessa), Mark Gildenstern; Courtney Donica, and Samantha Sokup. Sister Grace (Ron) Bachara and other family members. Preceding her in death sister Alice Baredziak Tatosian and grandson Dustin Donica. She was a kind and gentle woman who found contentment in the simple things of life and found great joy in her family and friends she loved so dearly. She will be greatly missed by all. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 6th, at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E Southern Ave, Tempe,from 5 to 8pm, Rosary at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1800 E Libra, Tempe at 10 am on Monday April 7th with procession following to Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Esther's name to Church of the Holy Spirit in Tempe.
Tempe Mortuary - Tempe
405 E Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 5, 2014