Sophie Sumerfelt

Sophie Sumerfelt, of Marshall, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the age of ninety-four.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sophie will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 at the Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall.

Rosary will be at 4 p.m. and a Prayer service at 7 p.m. also taking place on Wednesday. Visitation will take place the day of the Mass from 9 a.m. to 10 am. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall. Sophie Pauline (Gruhot) Sumerfelt was born April 7, 1924 the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Kopolczynski) Gruhot in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The family later moved to Ivanhoe where she grew up on the family farm. Years later, Sophie and her brother Ray returned to visit the family farm where they could still find their names carved into the wall of their barn.

Sophie had graduated from Ivanhoe High School then left Ivanhoe and worked in Marshall and Omaha, Nebraska, traveling with her two cousins Polly and Margie. She later returned to Marshall, where she worked and soon met her future husband Bernard Sumerfelt.

The couple married on May 15, 1947 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. This union was blessed with five sons, David, Dennis, Richard, Duane and Daniel. Sophie worked several part-time jobs.

When she was not working, she loved and nurtured her family with a large garden and lots of canning. She was a caretaker and very conscientious of others’ feelings. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and card club friends.

Sophie would make her legendary Oklahoma Red Dirt cake for special occasions, later passing on the tradition to her daughter-in-law, Gail and granddaughter, Shana. While Sophie was a wonderful cook and baker, she also loved going for rides to attend other area church dinners with her son, Dan.

Sophie loved to go camping and fishing and traveling, including several trips with family members to Europe, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona and Washington.

She cherished her trip to France where she was able to visit the grave of her brother, Louie whom died at Normandy. Sophie was always willing to challenge anyone to a game of 500 or Wisk, enjoying the friendships made.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard; son Richard; grandson Clinton; and siblings Louie Gruhot, Margaret Chaput, Vince Gruhot, Ray Gruhot and Katie Howard.

She is survived by her children David of Spanaway, WA, Dennis (Lois) of Wheaton, Duane (Gail) of Marshall and Dan of Sahuarita, AZ; grandchildren Denise, Ladd (Rebecca), Luke (Megan), Michael (Theresa), Shana (Lee) Allex, Melissa (John) Geffre, Deann, and Kristina; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Sophie Sumerfelt

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