Sophia Yasalonis, 91, of New Cumberland PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Thornwald Home in Carlisle.
Sophia was born May 8, 1925, in Coal Township, Northumberland County PA to John and Johanna (Juarz) Kanowicz. A long-time matriarch, she is preceded in death by her parents and all 13 of her siblings. She is also preceded by her husband of 58 years, John J. Yasalonis.
Sophia graduated from Coal Township High School in 1942. Following graduation, she worked for the nearby Eagle Silk Mill.
Sophia dedicated her life to her family and loved being a mother and wife. She was a devoted partner to her husband John and showered her children with love, support and the teachings of her faith. She used her gift of hospitality by opening her home to family and friends alike for every family celebration. She helped those in need, comforted those who mourned, prayed fervently for others, served friends and strangers alike, and loved all.
Sophia enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. Being a college football fan she often spoke of and provided statistics for her beloved Penn State football team. One of Sophia’s greatest pleasures was sending and receiving thousands of greeting cards over the years to all of her relatives and friends. She always included a custom drawn picture of flowers and hearts to brighten their day.
Surviving are four sons, John W. Yasalonis and wife Josephine of Bel Air, MD, Steven J. Yasalonis and wife Kathy of Enola, PA, Michael J. Yasalonis and wife Susan of Camp Hill, PA, and Alan Yasalonis and wife Nancy of Yardley, PA; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
The Parthemore Funeral Home, 1303 Bridge Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070 is handling arrangements. A viewing will be held there from 9:30 – 10:30 am Monday, November 14, 2016.
A mass of Catholic burial will be held at 11 am on Monday Nov. 14, 2016 at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, 1300 Bridge St, New Cumberland, PA 17070. The entombment service will immediately follow mass at Rolling Green Cemetery, 1811 Carlisle Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Sophia Yasalonis are respectfully requested to either St. Theresa Catholic Church at the address above or to The Brothers of St. John of God at www.sjog-na.org .
To send messages of condolence to the Yasalonis family or for driving directions, please visit www.Parthemore.com .