Montville - Sophie (Pomprowicz) Zaist, 95, of Chesterfield, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Dec. 16, 2012.
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She was born in Newark, N.J., on July 18, 1917, to the late Lawrence and Anastasia (Huk) Pomprowicz. At an early age she moved to her hometown of Hebron, where she was raised with her six siblings. She graduated Windham High School. Sophie was active in leading World War II troop support efforts in Hebron, including bond sales and as a volunteer airplane spotter during the war. Sophie was employed by Connecticut Light and Power Co. in their Deep River and Niantic offices in sales and accounting.
On July 5, 1947, she married William Zaist in St. Joseph Church in Willimantic. The couple made their lifelong home in Chesterfield.
Sophie was a founding member of the Chesterfield Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, active in support of 4-H programs, a bowler, gardener, and avid reader. In 1975, she and her husband established a winter home in Ft. Pierce, Fla., where she lived much of the year until recently. Sophie was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.
She was predeceased by her siblings and devoted husband, William.
She is survived by her two sons and spouses, Robert and Veronica Zaist of Castle Rock, Colo., and Stanley and Rebecca Zaist of Wilson, Wyo.; grandchildren, Matthew and spouse, Kelly, Jeffrey and spouse, Danielle, Tanya and Krusta Zaist; great-grandchild, Graycen Zaist; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is very appreciative of the years of devoting companionship and care provided by Judy Penman.
Her family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. Guests are invited to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church, Maple Ave., Uncasville. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Depot Road, Uncasville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Low Vision Center of Eastern Connecticut, PO Box 43, Colchester, CT 06415 or Treasure Coast Food Bank, 3051 Industrial 25th St., Ft. Pierce, FL 34946.
Published in The Day on Dec. 18, 2012