Sophia Mary Tanski (daughter of Bronislaw Tanski and Wiktoria
Rokicka) was born on 4 August 1920 in Warrior Run, Luzerne County,
Pennsylvania. She was christened on 15 August 1920 in Holy Family Church, Sugar
In the 1930 census, Sophia was 10 years old. She was living with her
parents and 4 siblings at 45 Stanley Street, Hanover Township, Pennsylvania.
She was attending school.
She lived at 97 Elizabeth Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania from the time
of her marriage in 1939 until 1989. After raising 5 children, she went
to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at Valley Crest Nursing Home,
Plains, Pennsylvania, until her retirement on 24 April 1983. In March 1989, when she required hip
replacement surgery, she and her husband traveled to the Mayo Clinic in
Rochester, Minnesota. At the time of her hip surgery, her
husband needed heart surgery and also a hip replacement. They stayed
with their daughter, in Rochester, until that summer, then moved to
Farmingville, New York to live with their son Louis.
On 20 December 1993, Sophia was admitted to University Hospital Stonybrook,
New York for a routine cardiac catheterization and possible Angioplasty for
Coronary Artery Disease. During the procedure on 21 December, she had
a cardio-pulmonary arrest and was placed on a ventilator for a couple of
hours before she died.
She was buried on 24 December 1993, in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover
Times-Leader and Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, Thursday, 23 December 1993
Sophia M. Walter, 73, of Elizabeth
Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday at Stonybrook University Medical
Center, Long Island, NY.
Born in Warrior Run, August 4, 1920, she was the daughter of the
late Bronislaw and Victoria Tanski. Prior to retiring in 1985,
she was a licensed practical nurse at Valley Crest Nursing Home,
Plains, for many years.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. She
was preceded in death by brothers Leo and Joseph; sister, Blanche
Surviving are her husband, Frederick C. Walter; sons, Fred Jr.,
Mount Sinai, NY; John, Tucson, AZ; Robert, Langhorne, PA; Louis,
Farmingville, NY; daughter, Mary Ann Koonrad, Lompoc, CA; 10
grandchildren; sister, Sabina Vance, Kings Park, NY; and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday
from the McLaughlin Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St.,
Wilkes-Barre, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
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