Sophie M. Brzozka, 93 years, of Temperance, MI departed this life, in her sleep, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. The daughter
of Vincent and Catherine (Slomowicz) Czubachowski, she was born January 20, 1921, in Toledo, OH. She was the widow of Chester J. Brzozka, who died in 1980. She lived and worked in the Polish Village neighborhood most of her life, until moving to the Luther Haus in
Temperance in 2006. Sophie owned and operated the Checker Café, a.k.a. "Soph's Place" at the corner of Maple and Pearl Streets and retired in 1990, after 43 years of working at her North Toledo landmark bar. She even had a half page article printed in The Toledo Blade "Living Today" Section about her when she retired. The Checker Café sponsored
softball and bowling teams through the 50s, 60s and 70s and was the meeting place
for neighborhood men who served in Korea, Vietnam and worked at Jeep. She enjoyed talking and being with the neighborhood people and was always there to listen to all their troubles, problems with relationships or shoot a
competitive game of pool.
Sophie loved to travel with her sisters, cousins and nieces. The highlight of her travels was a 24 day trip through British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. She loved to go to VFW dances, play cards, bingo and attend family gatherings. She
always took the lead in
organizing the next card game, card party or dance at the Luther House.
She is survived by her loving daughter-in-law, Barbara Brzozka of Ft. Mill, SC; grandchildren, Scot (Kelly) Brzozka of Lambertville, Brian (Jennifer) Brzozka of Ft. Mill, SC, Amy (Gilbert) Melendez of Charlotte, NC; great-grandchildren, Jared Brzozka, Kyle Brzozka, Alayna Melendez, Caiden Brzozka, Cooper Brzozka, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was also
preceded in death by her son, Thomas J. Brzozka; brothers, Theodore, Edmund, Albin Czubachowski; sisters, Florence Nowak, Evelyn Kluczynski, and Rose "Grace" Janiszewski.
Visitation will be held
Monday, April 28, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Avenue Temperance, MI. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Temperance where she will lie in state after 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Online condolences may be shared at
Bedford Funeral Chapel
8300 Lewis Avenue Temperance, MI 48182
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 27, 2014