April 10, 2012
Sophie D. (Pepe) Marchak, 92, formerly of Exeter, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in the United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, where she had been a resident the past two years. Born in Dupont, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Rose Mayefski Mashas. Sophie was a member of the Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church, Dupont. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the local garment industry, with the most recent being J & R. Dress Factory, Wyoming. She was an avid bowler in the Lady Birds Women's League at Modern Lanes, until the age of 82. She loved her daily neighborhood walks, cooking, church functions, bingo and the casino. Sophie supported the then Exeter, now Wyoming Area, football teams, by rarely missing a football game in over 50 plus years. Her most cherished moments were cooking for family gatherings. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Pepe; second husband, Stanley Marchak. Also brothers, John Masiarz, Frank, Joseph, Walter, Edward, Stanley Mashas; sisters, Mary Widota (Vidota), Caroline Renauro Straz, Lottie Mashas and Josephine Kotula. Surviving are her children, Richard (Dick) Pepe, Hales Corners, Wis.; Sandra Toole and her fiancé, Jason Smith, Exeter; Thomas Pepe and his wife, Vickie, Mechanicsburg; Sandra Marchak Petrochko and her husband, David, Mountain Top; and Stanley Marchak Jr. and his wife, MaryAnn, Hudson; sisters-in-law, Mary Lafratte Mashas, Union, N.J.; Margaret (Millie) Mashas, Kingston; niece, Helen Kotula Komski, Dupont; longtime best friend, Anna Gadello, Exeter; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in the Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church, Dupont, with the Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com . Special thanks to the nurses' aides and staff at Wesley Village for all the love and support and outstanding compassion they gave to our mother.
Gubbiotti Funeral Home
1030 Wyoming Ave.
Exeter, PA 18643
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 12, 2012