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Sophia (Zakrzewski) Chacho
Sophia Zakrzewski Chacho of Fairfield, CT, known as Sophie, age 94, and wife of the late Karol Joseph Chacho, II, passed away peacefully at home on April 13, 2018. Sophie's philosophy on life was "Love, family, friendship and forgiveness." She was the daughter of the late Stanislaus and Eleanor Zakrzewski and a lifelong resident of Fairfield. Sophie was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School cum laude where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was always very concerned about education and graduated from Felt & Turant Comptometer School and attended Housatonic Community College where she was invited into the Honors Program. Sophie retired as a bookkeeper from the Cudahy Meat Packing and the Heim Company and then worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's business, KarMack Company, while simultaneously working part time for twenty-eight years for Federated Stores. While employed by Federated, she saw the transition of the department store known as Read's to A&S, to Jordan Marsh and then to Macy's. During this time she served as a bridal consultant.
Sophie was a very social and civic-minded person. She liked to attend town meetings where she often found herself to be the spokesperson for many of her friends. Sophie was the president of one of the first property owners' associations in Fairfield known as the Greenlawn and Oakwood Property Owners Association and remained a member for life. She was a former member of R.T.M. (Representative Town Meeting) and chose to serve on the Education Committee. She was a member of the Fairfield Taxpayers Association and a member of the Human Resource Commission in Fairfield where she campaigned for affordable housing for senior citizens. Sophie loved entertaining and took pride in the many holiday picnics and dinners that she and her husband hosted. Her vivacious personality led her to become an unofficial mistress of ceremonies for many social events.
Sophie's father and two brothers were very involved in Boy Scouts, an influence that would lead Sophie and her late husband to organize a cub scout pack for St. Anthony's Church in Fairfield. At the time, it was difficult to recruit den mothers and rather than disband the pack, Sophie found herself running three dens in addition to the one she ran for St. Anthony's. She remained a den mother for eight years and truly enjoyed the planning she did for each den. Sophie liked to reminisce about a competition for which the St. Anthony's pack chose a circus theme. The scouts constructed a large tent in the church hall using bed sheets decorated with red crepe paper stripes and each scout chose a role as a circus performer. The endeavor was a huge success with St. Anthony's winning top prize. She worked diligently with six cub scouts so that they could receive the "Parvuli Dei" award for dedication to their faith. They received their awards at a special ceremony presided over by Bishop Curtis. Months later, Sophie was asked by the scouting office to attend a special meeting in Stamford where she was asked to step up to the podium at which time, to her great surprise, Bishop Curtis recognized her excellent work by presenting Sophie with a Pelican Medal, an award given by the Bridgeport Diocese and named for pelicans who are known to take exceptional care of their young.
Sophie was very proud of her Polish ancestry and was a member of the Polish Heritage Society, often attending the annual Scholarship Award events during which scholarships were awarded to four deserving high school seniors. She and her late husband first met at the Ritz Ballroom and enjoyed ballroom dancing, particularly the polka, over many years. Her granddaughters became very active in dance and Sophie and her husband attended many dance recitals.
Sophie enjoyed an active social life and belonged to the Golden Agers, "Young at Heart" and the Greenfield Hill AARP. She was active in the Fairfield Senior Center. Sophie did volunteer work at Bridgeport Hospital for two years until she left to help care for her beloved sister, Sadie Kormanec. Sophie was a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Church in Fairfield where she wed her husband, Karol, in 1945. She was well known at St. Anthony's where she was a member of the parish council, the Home School Association, an officer of the St. Anthony's Women's Guild and the St. Anthony's Senior Club. Sophie was an avid Yankees fan, being first influenced by her late father and two brothers who sparked her interest in baseball. Sophie's two sons and four grandsons played Little League baseball and she and her late husband, Karol, made it a priority to attend as many of their games as possible. In later years the couple enjoyed Yankees games from the comfort of their living room.
Sophie always looked for the good in people. She felt that one could never have too many friends but that one enemy was one too many. She loved to wear hats, particularly to church, for which she received many compliments. Sophie loved being near the water and cherished her life in coastal Fairfield. She and her family enjoyed alpine skiing and many summers boating in Connecticut and on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Later in life, she and her husband enjoyed the many boating trips they shared with their son and his family on Block Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Sophie devoted her life to her family and was blessed with a devoted husband of sixty-four years, two sons, one daughter-in-law, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is survived by a son, Dr. Karol Chacho, of Redding, CT, his wife, Dr. Mary Chacho, and their children, Lauren of Stamford, CT, and Lukas of Arlington, VA, a son, Timothy Chacho, Sr. of Fairfield, and his children, Timothy, Jr. of New Fairfield, his wife, Jessica, and their son, Timothy Chacho III, Christina (Tina) Chacho of Fairfield, and her daughter, Adrianna, Sean Chacho and his wife, Kimberly, of Chandler, AZ, and Tyler Chacho of Chandler, AZ. A nephew, Phillip Zakrzewski of Riverside, CA, also survives her. Sophie was predeceased by her late husband, Karol Chacho, II, a granddaughter, Rachel Chacho, of Milford, CT, her sister, Sadie Kormanec and her husband, John, of Fairfield, her brother, Eugene Zakrzewski and his wife, Anne, of Fairfield, and her brother, John Zakrzewski and his wife, Helen, of Southbury, CT.
A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fairfield, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18. There were no calling hours. Interment was private. Arrangements are in the care of the FAIRFIELD FUNERAL HOME OF EDMUND W. DOUGIELLO, 36 South Pine Creek Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824 for improvements in and creation of spaces for those who need handicap accessibility in the church or to St. Jude's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published in Connecticut Post from Apr. 17 to Apr. 20, 2018
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