On the beautiful autumn day of October 3, at the age of 86, with her loving family at her side, Sophie (Krisevich) Smith, formerly of Scranton, passed peacefully into her eternal life in heaven.
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Sophie joins her husband, Adolph; her mother and father, Andrew and Anna Krisevich; her brother, Michael; her sister and brother-in-law, Stephie and John Vitcavage; and her grandson, Ryan Smith.
Sophie is survived by her loving son, Kenneth and his wife, Lorrie; her adoring grandchildren, Kori Smith and fiancé, Dominico Rossi; Nathan Smith and his wife, Kristi; and her five precious great-grandchildren, Kaiden and Taylen Flynn, Braksten and Colten Smith, and Gianna Rossi. She is also survived by her nephews, John (Dana) and Alan (Kelli) Vitcavage, their children; and her good friend, Dorothy Colton.
Sophie was born on April 18, 1927, in Factoryville, Pa. She was raised in Scranton, Pa. She graduated from Scranton Technical High School and married her sweetheart, Adolph. A few years later, they settled in Kirkwood, N.Y., and began their careers at the CAE Link Corp.
Upon her retirement after 25 years of service, Sophie was very active with her church, the Kirkwood and First Ward senior citizen groups, and "the gang" from Links whom she met with every month for lunch. Sophie also enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends, especially on Russian Christmas and Russian Easter. Grandma Sophie never ran out of hugs or lollipops for everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.
Our family would like to thank the nurses at Wilson Hospital for their kindness to our family and loving care for Sophie during her short stay there.
Sophie was a devout member of Saints Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Scranton for many years. She then joined the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Binghamton, where she went daily to pray for everyone she knew.
A funeral service will be offered by the Rev. Ilya Gotlinsky at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Dormition of the Vir- gin Mary Orthodox Church, 54 Baxter St., Binghamton. Burial will be at Shady Lane Cemetery, South Abington Twp., Pa. The Rev. Gotlinsky will conduct a prayer service Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect St., Binghamton, where the family will receive friends Monday, 3 to 7.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 6, 2013