Sophie T. Steiz, age 104 years old of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Stratford CT, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2022. Sophie was born on September 9, 1918 in Bridgeport, CT and the daughter of the late John and Marcianna Syc. Sophie was predeceased by her beloved husband Russell Steiz Sr.
At an early age of 14 Sophie went to work at the sewing factory in Bridgeport, CT to help provide for her sisters and brothers. Sophie married Russell Steiz Sr. in 1938 and gave birth to seven children. In the 1960’s they purchased the iconic Windmill Restaurant, Stratford, CT. Sophie managed the kitchen and dining room staff.
Above all, Sophie was devoted to family and was happiest at family gatherings. She would prepare her signature dishes; pierogi, stuffed cabbage, and homemade kielbasa. She also liked sewing and gardening.
Survivors include her children Charles Steiz (Loretta), Loraine Gerstl (Peter) Noreen Barroco, Beatrice Jordan (Ronald), Thomas Steiz (Darlyne), 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 1great-great grandchild as well as several nieces, nephews, and sister Lillian Browne.
Sophie was predeceased by her son Russell Steiz Jr, daughter Marcia Jahnige, five brothers John, Walter, Charles, Frank, and Bruce Syc, five sisters Helen Mickolaychuk, Jenny Faroni, Dorothy Courchaine, Marion Augustine, Theresa Early and second husband Raymond Stofan.
Funeral services will be held on September 24th, 2022, 10AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N Recker Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205. Burial will be in Stratford CT. The graveside interment will be held privately.
For those desiring can make a contribution in Sophie’s memory please go to www.dav.org/donate.