Gertrude E. Farley Soldolski

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Death 27 Feb 2009 (aged 74)
Burial Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 34372586 · View Source
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Gertrude E. Soldolski, age 74 of Norman, passed away peacefully Friday February 27, 2009 at Grace Living Center in Norman.Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday March 2 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Norman with Father Thomas Boyer officiating. Burial will follow at the Lexington Catholic Cemetery under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home of Purcell.Gertrude Elizabeth Farley was born under a peach tree on the family homestead, August 3, 1934, the fifth of 11 children born to George Paul Farley and Margaret Mary (Feuerborn) Farley.She was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church and attended Alamo Rural Schools. At 14 she began working at the Slaughterville Caf?. She graduated from Noble High School in 1953. She worked tirelessly as a homemaker to be the best mother, grandmother, sister and friend she could be.She single handedly raised her six children: Mark, Danette, Janette, Anette, Michael and Lynette. She worked for a short time at the Granny's Caf? in Lexington. She then began working at the Lexington Community Center where she developed the Head Start Program.She moved to Norman in 1970 where she began working at the Community Action Center. Under the encouragement of Gene Waller, she supervised the Outreach Program while still working closely with Head Start. She then worked for Dr. Sanger before moving to the Cleveland County Health Department.Gertrude worked passionately as a Pro-Life advocate in Planned Parenthood. She counseled many women about life choices. Gertrude was approached many times over the years by mothers who were grateful that she empowered them to choose life for the unborn.She was a co-founder along with Gene Waller of the Cleveland County Christmas Store having the motto 'A helping hand, not a handout.' Her struggles as a single mother gave her unique insight to assist families in need. For the next 25 years, she gave up her three weeks of annual leave to volunteer as Coordinator of Store Operations. She worked many long hours side by side with all the volunteers to reach those in need.She served as a member of the board during those 25 years. The Christmas Store served as a pilot for many similar programs across the United States. She received many Volunteer of the Year awards during her life with many other recognitions and was very proud to be honored with the prestigious D.I.A.N.A. award in 1992 from the Kappa Delta Sorority.Gertrude retired with 25 years from the Cleveland County Health Department in 1995. She enjoyed collecting dolls and miniatures, working in her yard and crocheting. She was an avid OU Sooner sports fan and followed and supported all teams. Gertrude had a passion for red roses and always knew her prayers were answered when a rose appeared. She was a strong and independent woman who was a champion for the underdog. Her compassion for people, along with sense of humor and wit will always be remembered.She was preceded in death by: one daughter, Janette Soldolski; her parents, George and Margaret Farley; four brothers, Louis, Eugene, Gregory and G.P. and two sisters, Dorothy and Barbara.Survivors include: her children, Lynette Stapp and husband Greg of the home; Michael Soldolski and wife Sue of Noble; Anette Soldolski, Norman, Danette Campbell, Norman; Mark Soldolski, St. Louis, MO; her siblings, Patsy McCain, Paul Farley and Imogene, Mary and Glen Brooks, Jerry and Ramona Farley and Loretta Farley; 15 grandchildren: Hannah, Holden, Grayson and Landon Stapp; Dreama and Steven Rainer; Leighvi Kennedy, Anissa Scott and Traca Autry; Dustin, Terran, Chad and Blake Loveless; Alecia McBroom and Micah Soldolski and 16 great-grandchildren: Morgan, Caroline, Chelsea, Clayton, Tanner, Tayden, Cason, Laney, Cloey, Damien, Kylie, Jaidyn, Janae, Alexis, Deontre and Kylie.She was an honorary mother and grandmother to many, her family said.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eisenhower Elementary School PTA at 415 Fairlawn, Norman, OK, 73071.



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  • Created by: Sharon Rhoades
  • Added: 2 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34372586
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude E. Farley Soldolski (3 Aug 1934–27 Feb 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34372586, citing Saint Johns Cemetery, Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Sharon Rhoades (contributor 46864470) .