Sophie Christine (Toman) Matko, 95, of Arcadia, PA passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Communities At Indian Haven in Indiana, PA.
The youngest child of Isadore and Sally (Obloy) Toman, she was born on November 5, 1926 in Commodore, PA.
Sophie married Steve W. Matko on August 6, 1944 and they shared over fifty-one years of marriage together.
She was a loving mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to raising her children while her husband Steve worked as a truck driver. She experienced many hardships and setbacks in her life, but wasn’t one to complain. Sophie will be remembered for her quiet disposition and being very independent. She lived in her home in Arcadia until she was 93 and then stayed with her daughter Patty.
Sophie loved spending time with her family and was very proud of all their accomplishments. She enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers; her soaps; doing jigsaw puzzles and playing the lottery. On Sunday mornings, you could find her listening to the Polka Party. She liked anything Mickey and Minnie Mouse and enjoyed a past trip to Disney World. Every July, she loved going to the Montgomery Twp. Rod and Gun Club gun bash where she got to see many of her family and friends.
She was a member of the Church of The Resurrection Glen Campbell site and a former member of St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Arcadia, their altar rosary societies and the Polish National Alliance.
Sophie is survived by her five sons: Daniel Matko of New Brighton, PA; Raymond Matko and wife Dian of Glen Campbell, PA; Robert Matko and wife Debbie of Glen Campbell, PA; Steven E. Matko and wife Nancy of Hillsdale, PA; David Matko and fiancé Terry Bonatesta of Urey, PA; her two daughters Christine McCurdy-Moyer and husband Jay of Marietta, PA; Patricia “Patty” Goodlin and husband Rod of Cherry Tree, PA; her seventeen grandchildren: Matt Matko; Jennifer Beer, Jeffrey Matko, Jessica Layden; Justin Matko; Aimee Buterbaugh; Mark Matko; Nathan Matko; Steven N. Matko; Michelle K. Buterbaugh; David Matko Jr., Megan Matko; Thomas McCurdy, Jr.; Tara Winters; Sean McCurdy; Allison Goodlin and Ashley Goodlin; her 29 great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law: Lois Matko of DuBois, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Steve W. Matko on May 10, 1996; her son Max James Matko on September 22, 1962; her daughter-in-law: Shirley (Toth) Matko on January 26, 2004; her brother: Mathew Toman; her five sisters: Mary Vitkay; Helen Nowacki; Julia Woytek; Genevieve Wasacz and Frances Porada. Sophie was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ruth B. Woolcock for her kind and gentle care she provided Sophie and for keeping her with us all these years. Sophie was very appreciative of family and friends that took time out of their busy lives to call, send cards and visit her.
Arrangements will be private with the assistance of the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. In Hillsdale, PA. Private interment will be at the Church of the Resurrection Cemetery in Glen Campbell, PA.
Please visit rairighfh.com to share a memory or condolence message for Sophie’s family.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 for the help they are giving her great-grandson. Masses may be forwarded to the Church of the Resurrection, 349 Morris St., Clymer, PA 15728 with a note specifying for the mass to be held at the Glen Campbell site. Each Mass is a $10.00 honorarium.
“Well done good and faithful one, may you be welcomed into heaven with open arms; you will remain in our hearts forever!” May you rest in peace.