Sophie M. Thom (nee Pluta)
Passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the age of 90. Sophie was preceded in death by her dear husband Carl. She will be greatly missed by her children James (Shelley) Thom, Margaret Gagliano, Mary Catherine (William) Nitkowski, Constance (Edward) Rockey and Christopher (Leah) Thom and by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sophie is survived by her sister Alice Kniewel, sisters-in-law Rose (Jack) Bell and Carol Pluta, brother-in-law Frank Wisniewski and many dear nieces, nephews and friends. Sophie is welcomed into Heaven by her parents Matthew and Anna Pluta, sister Stella Wisniewski, brother Chester Pluta, sister-in-law Elaine Pluta, brother-in-law Albert Kniewel and mother-in-law Pearl Thom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sunday, July 22 at 4 PM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 12700 W. Howard Ave., with visitation from 2 PM until the time of Mass. Entombment St. Adalbert Cemetery.
For many years, Sophie taught anatomy, genetics and embryology at Mt. Mary College where she served as president of Kappa Gamma Pi. As a member and a past president of Polanki Polish Women’s Society, Sophie worked at Holiday Folk Fair and at Polish Fest. During the summers of the 1980’s and early 90’s, Sophie taught teenagers in Poland for UNESCO. This time period covered Poland’s transition from communist domination through Lech Walesa’s courageous “Solidarity” movement. In 1993, Sophie received Mount Mary College’s “Madonna Award” and Pope John Paul II conferred the Apostolic Blessing upon her for her service to youth and education.