With sadness, we announce the passing of our mom, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, and friend to her heavenly home on August 29, 2022. Ever devoted to her family and faith, we know that she will have a special place in heaven as she looks upon her legacy from above with happiness, pride, and contentment.
Born May 19, 1921 to Albert and Helena Rachel in Junction City, Wisconsin. Survived by her children Gerrie Waller and Michael (Karen) Kraus, four grandchildren; Michael (Laura), Dennis (Jennifer), Heather (Nicole), and Sean (Kelley), six great-grandchildren; Sydney, Ryan, Jack, Ava, Ethan, and Taylor, also nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grand niece, cousins, and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband (Chester), parents, three sisters (Marie, Dorothy, and Vicky), and two brothers (Adam and an infant boy).
Sophie, known as Sal to many, grew up on a farm. During World War II she was a Rosie the Riveter making bomb detonators on the assembly line for our troops, all while dreaming of being a pilot. After the war, she married Chester (Chet) in 1946 and moved to the southwest side of Chicago. She was a member of St Joseph and St Anne parish, St Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, and currently Holy Family Parish in Shorewood. While in Chicago, she and Chet were the neighbors everyone went to for help. She knew the family history inside and out and was the family historian, who was able to pass along many of those stories to her daughter Gerrie. Sal enjoyed talking about life on the farm, cooking, baking, reading, crafts, working in the garden, and working with tools. She loved talking with her sisters on the phone daily. She had a passion for travel, especially to Wisconsin with her sisters, weekends in Michigan, and trips to Florida with her son Michael’s family. But of all she loved, it was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ever dedicated to her faith, Sal also prayed to the Rosary daily.
She will be missed by many but the memories she created with so many others will endure forever. Her stories are now part of that family history that will continue in the retelling by her daughter.
A special thank you to the Residential Hospice, especially Mandy, Amber, Beth, Dawn, MacKenzie, Calley, Mesha, Marina, and Jenna.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Boys Town, St. Jude Research Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Cystic Fibrosis Association. Her love and outreach extended far beyond those she knew and these foundations were special to her.
Visitation will be Friday, September 2, 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, corner of Routes 30 & 59, Plainfield. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Bill Dewan officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery, Plainfield.
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Published by Overman-Jones Funeral Home on Aug. 30, 2022.