|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1913|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2013|
Sophia Hudsick Griffith, age 99, formerly of Steelton, died peacefully in her daughter's home in Freeport, Maine on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. She was born in 1913 in the mining community of Tyler, PA, to Albert and Mary Hudsick. For 53 years she lived in Steelton, arriving in 1951 with her husband and daughter.
Sophie graduated from Clarion State Teachers College and later took post-graduate courses at Penn State. For 32 years she taught elementary or junior high school students in Tyler, Penfield, DuBois, State College, Highspire and Lawnton. Active in scouting, she was chair of the Steelton Girl Scouts for several years. She was also a member of the National, State and Dauphin Co. Retired Teachers Assns., Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and the Wednesday Club Concert Assn.
Sophie was married for 45 years to Dr. Harold T. Griffith, former Superintendent of the Steelton-Highspire School District, who died in 1992. They shared a love of education and a warm community of family and friends. Until her late sixties, Sophie went with Griff and their daughter Mary on outdoor adventures, including canoe trips in Canada and camping and hiking trips in the U.S. After they retired, Sophie and Griff hiked long segments of the Appalachian Trail together. They also traveled inside the U.S.and abroad. Sophie was devoted to her family, and cared for Griff in his final years, when he suffered from dementia, as well as for her brother Walt at the end of his life.
As a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Steelton, she taught CCD classes. Later Sophie taught summer Bible school and went to daily Mass at Prince of Peace Parish.
For several years, Sophie was an enthusiastic participant in activities at the Steelton Senior Center. On Sophie's 90th birthday in 2003 the Senior Center surprised her with a party honoring her lifetime of service and commitment to others. The day was declared Sophie Griffith Day and Steelton's Mayor presented her with a key to the Borough. In 2004 she moved to Ecumenical Community, where she joined in many activities. In 2007 she moved to Maine with her daughter and son-in-law.
Sophie was warm and friendly, curious about people and places, and although unassuming she had an irrepressible spirit. Her varied experiences and roots in a mining community led to her avid interest in the news and a passion for social justice. These qualities and her sense of humor endured, even after she developed dementia in recent years, and she continued to bring joy to her family and friends in Pennsylvania and Maine.
Sophie is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Griffith and David Legere of Freeport, Maine; a stepdaughter, Phyllis Tortora of Briarcliff Manor, NY, and a stepson, Robert Griffith of Mountville and their families; and the children of her seven older siblings and their families.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, there will be a viewing at Wiedeman Funeral Home, 357 S. Second St.,Steelton from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at Prince of Peace at 11:00 am. Burial Holy Cross Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Parish, Alzheimer's Association, or Steelton Senior Center.
Published in Patriot-News on February 2, 2013
Harold T Griffith (1905 - 1992)
Holy Cross Cemetery
Created by: Bill Corl
Record added: Feb 02, 2013
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"May you and Harold dance, laugh and love in heaven as you did on earth."|
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