Andover — Sophie (Grzybowski) Zagraniczny, 91, of Andover, died Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Mary Immaculate Restorative Center, her home for the past two years, after a long illness.
Born in the Graniteville section of Westford to Bronislawa and Casimir Grzybowski on September 22, 1921; she was raised in Poland.
She returned to the United States after World War II and settled in Lawrence. It was there that she met her husband Erwin Zagraniczny and they married in 1948. They raised their family in the Prospect Hill section of Lawrence. Sophie worked at General Tire in Lawrence for many years until her retirement when she and Erwin moved to Andover to be closer to their grandchildren.
The widow of Erwin Zagraniczny, who died in 1992, she leaves a daughter, Julie, wife of John Ardini of Drakes Island, Wells, ME, a son Richard, a brother Zenon Grzybowski of Andover, three grandchildren; Andrew Ardini and his wife, Stacey, of South Boston, MA; Kate Ardini of South Boston, MA and Mary Butzlaff and her husband, Karsten, of Surbiton, Surrey UK; and two great grandchildren who always brought a smile to her face, Maggie Ardini and Emma Butzlaff.
The family extends special thanks to the caring staff at M.I. Nursing/Restorative Center and Dr. Phyllis N. Spieler who cared for Sophie for over 30 years.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Tuesday January 1, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at The Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday January 2, 2013 at 9:00 am in St Monica Church, 212 Lawrence Street, Methuen. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. To send an online condolence, please visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/dewhirstfuneralhome. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sophie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA. 02472.