Anna Sophoclides, of Newburgh, entered into rest Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 91.
The daughter of the late Alex and Anna Romanczuk Kucyk, Anna was born February 28, 1922 in Newburgh.
She was raised on Edward Street during the Great Depression, by two loving, hard-working Ukrainian immigrants Alex and Anna. First in her family to graduate from high school, which inspired her youngest sibling, Peter, to achieve the goal of being a Naval Academy graduate. She was married shortly after graduating from Newburgh Free Academy to a Greek-Cypriot, the love of her life Patrocolos "Pat" Sophoclides. Anna and Pat had a loving, strong marriage. Throughout their life together they ran several restaurants, two of them in Newburgh, first was Pat's on lower Broadway and culminating in a restaurant they opened in the 1980's with their youngest daughter, Alexis, and her husband, George. The restaurant, named for the two family patriarchs, "Pat and George's" was a family affair for many years, and a fixture in the Upper Broadway neighborhood for all its patrons.
She enjoyed traveling and got her first taste of the lifelong love of it during a journey to Cyprus by ship in 1948, stopping through the ports of England, France, Italy and Egypt. Quite the experience for a young mother of two young children. She loved the theater, museums and all New York City had to offer. She was an avid reader of non-fiction particularly regarding information about health and wellness. She would clip out helpful articles and pass them on to friends and family so they might consider adding healthy foods and vitamins to their diets in lieu of turning to medication as the only source of wellness.
Passionate about her St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the community. She volunteered often to help with church functions and was the treasurer for the Ladies Society of the church for many years. She had a special love for her country as military bride of a WWII veteran and was involved with the Ladies Aux. of the American Legion Post 1420.
Very practical and methodical throughout her life with ability to always find the right solution. Known for her hospitality, thoughtfulness and kindness among her family and friends.
Nothing was more important to Anna than her family, she was so proud and supportive of all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anytime the family got together, Anna could be seen grinning ear-to-ear, soaking in all of the love in the room. She was in return loved devotedly.
Survivors include her daughters; Alexis Koudounas and husband George of the Town of Newburgh, Diana McDougall and husband Bill of Southington, Ct., a son, Chris Sophoclides and wife Paula of Canandaigua, NY, grandchildren; Patrice Butler and her husband Timothy, Arianna Koudounas, Kristin Moroney and husband Brian, William McDougall IV and his wife Carrie Ann, Matthew and Amy Sophoclides, great-grandchildren; Kyla Moroney and John Patrick Moroney, Caleigh, William and Jack McDougall, and her "Adopted" daughter, Ellie Mitchell of LaGrangeville, as well as cherished nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Anna was predeceased by her beloved husband, Patroclos Sophoclides, brothers; Nicholas and Peter Kucyk, and a sister, Helen Arbeit.
Visitation for family and friends will take place, Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd. (Rte. 32), Newburgh. Funeral service will take place 10 a.m., Monday, September 30th at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 19 Fullerton, Ave., Newburgh. Burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor.
If desired please make memorial contributions in Anna's memory to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.