Sophie Latsko, 98, of Ashland, passed away Tuesday, June 16th at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Born in Big Mine Run, January 12, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William and Agnes (Zaranowski) Hendricks.
She attended the former Ashland High School, and then worked as a nanny and housekeeper to two families in the area. While raising her own family, she worked as a seamstress in the local garment factories in both Girardville and Ashland until her retirement. Sophie was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Ashland and All Saints Catholic Parish, Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 51 years; John Joseph Latsko, her daughter; Elaine Patricia Gownley, her brothers; Michael, John, Stephen, William, Alexander and her sisters; Mary, Anna, Helen, and Josephine.
From family fishing cookouts, picnics, Labor Day ABA parade celebrations and the weekly Sunday Roast Beef or Holiday dinners (which she always skillfully organized), there was no greater happiness for her than having her family around her. She was devoted to them and was most recently thrilled to be a Great-Great Grandmom. Surviving are her sister; Catherine Palmer of Northampton, sons; John William of Ashland and Lawrence Michael and his wife Cheryl of Elysburg. Grandchildren; Patricia (Michael) Vanek, John (Leighann) Latsko Jr., William (Angie) Latsko, Rachele (Robert) Neidig, and Lawrence Latsko, Jr. Great-Grandchildren; Christine Vanek, Sean Vanek, David (Andrea) Slotterback, and Nathan Slotterback. Great-Great Granddaughter; Mackenzie Slotterback. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Sophie was much loved and will be sorely missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, June 24th, AT 11 AM in Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 11th and Walnut Sts., Ashland. Celebrant will Rev. Brian Miller, pastor. A viewing will be held in the church starting at 10 AM. Interment will follow in the New St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.
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