Sophie Wyszinski

Sophie K. Wyszinski

Saturday, September 23rd, 1922 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Sophie K. Wyszinski
September 23, 1922 - June 16, 2020

Sophie K. Wyszinski (nee Kolupanowich), 97, of Cherry Hill, NJ passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Walter. Loving mother of Lois Tverdosi (Michael) and Marian Barnum (Frederick III). Caring grandmother of Kimberly Barnum (William Meiselas), April Barnum, Frederick Barnum IV a.k.a. Ricky, Craig Titley (Jessica), and Gwen Stonesifer (Jared). Dear great grandmother of Beau Stonesifer. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Sophie was born on September 23, 1922 in Englewood, NJ, the eldest child of John and Helen Kolupanowich. She is pre-deceased by her siblings, brother Nicholas and sisters Anna and Mary.

Graduating from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood in 1940, Sophie moved to Plainfield, NJ, where she entered the workforce as a switchboard operator for The Bell Telephone Company. In 1952, she completed training and became a certified Volunteer Nurse’s Aide with the Plainfield Chapter of the American National Red Cross. That same year, she met the love of her life Walter V. Wyszinski and, after a brief courtship, they were married on June 6, 1953 in Iselin, NJ and moved into a new house built by Walter and his brothers in Colonia, NJ.

Walt was a modest, hard-working, and decent man; an unsung World War II hero, having served for the entire Pacific Campaign on the “Lucky Lady” USS Santa Fe. Returning from the War in 1945, Walt accepted a job with Exxon Corporation at their flagship refinery in Bayonne, NJ.

Sophie and Walt were blessed with two beautiful daughters; Lois, born in 1954 and Marian, born in 1958.

Encouraging her young daughters to join The Girl Scouts, Sophie led by example by becoming a Troop Leader, hosting arts and crafts and other events in her home and taking her girls and their fellow scouts on many educational trips for more than five years during the early to mid-1960s.

Sophie returned to the workforce part-time in 1967 as a retail salesperson in the curtains and drapes department at the S. Klein Department Store in Woodbridge, NJ, where she worked until 1975. In 1976, she accepted a similar full-time position with Bradlees Department Store in Clark, NJ, where she worked until retiring with a pension in 1993 at the age of 70.

Losing her husband Walt in 1991, Sophie continued living in her home in Colonia for the next 15 years. In 2006, she moved to Cherry Hill NJ, where she spent her remaining years enjoying life with her daughter Marian, son-in-law Fred, and grandchildren Kim, April, and Ricky. She was so happy to be living with family again.

Sophie was an avid reader. She scoured several newspapers every day for current events, and would cut out and mail articles of interest to her daughters regularly. She also loved mystery and crime fiction novels by authors such as James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell and others. She enjoyed watching the Evening News, as well as mystery and crime shows on television, especially “Murder She Wrote” and “Law and Order”, and was a huge fan of opera music.

Sophie was a talented seamstress. She created beautiful outfits, including dresses, a hooded, floor-length cape and a winter coat of Italian wool, for her daughters and herself.

We are all grateful that we had Sophie in our lives for this many years. She was such a sweet, loving, selfless and caring person who was a devoted spouse, mother, and grandmother, worked hard her entire life, never complained about anything, and never had a negative word to say about anyone. She loved her family dearly, and her family’s constant presence in her life was the reason she lived such a long, healthy, and happy life.

The services for Sophie are private for the family. However, we will be live streaming the service on Friday at 10am. Please use the link below at the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Sophie’s name to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. American Heart Association

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Lee and Jonathan Kaufman

Posted at 10:26am
To the Barnum Family, we are so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. May her memory always be a blessing and bring you peace & comfort.

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Craig Titley

Posted at 10:59pm
Grandma Sophie,

Thank you for raising two beautiful girls, that ended up to raise such wonderful children of their own. You will be missed dearly, although this is goodbye for now, it's not goodbye forever. Your legacy and values of life will live on throughout the family for eternity. May you rest in peace. I'll always remember the Felix clock, and the tomato garden. We love you very much.

Craig & Jessica Titley

Gwen Stonesifer

Posted at 10:51am
Grandma -

You created and raised one of the people I love most in this world - my mother. For that, I am extremely grateful. You were loving, kind, generous, and selfless. It was a joy to see you and be with the only grandparent I ever really had. Your legacy lives on in your five grandchildren and one great-grandbaby (hopefully more to come)!

Rest peacefully with Grandpa Walter. We love you. I'll see you again one day.



Posted at 08:51am
Marian, Fred, April, Kim, and Ricky,
So very sorry for your loss. Moms/Grandmoms are sooo special, and you enjoyed having one of the best-ever.
Our sincerest condolences.
Tom & Carol Rachfalski

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Posted at 04:36am
With deepest sympathy - Nick & Meredith Tverdosi, Andrew Tverdosi & Mandy Kaule, Ken & Michelle Mitchell
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