Sophie Kosmicki - January 19, 2009Sophie V. Fricke Kosmicki, 84, of Exeter, Neb., went to her eternal reward on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at the Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend, Neb.
She was born in Potter, Neb., on March 14, 1924. She was the seventh of eight children born to Karl and O’Molley Eurick Fricke.
As a teen, Sophie worked at the Grain Elevator in Madrid, Neb., as a bookkeeper and truck weigher. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1942. After graduation she went to Sausalito, Calif. and worked in the shipyard cafeteria until the end of World War II. She returned to Madrid and began working in Christersen’s Grocery Store.
She was emptying the trash one day when she met the love of her life, John Kosmicki. They were married Feb. 5, 1947 in Grant, Neb. To this union a daughter Patricia Ann was born.
In 1972 Sophie and Jake lost their beloved daughter to Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 19. Six months later Sophie lost Jake due to a broken heart over the loss of their daughter.
Following a long hard struggle, Sophie met Father Clement Green of Grant, who helped her with her healing process by putting her to work in the flower nursery. This led her to becoming the cook and housekeeper for Father Green at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
In the late 1980s she was housekeeper and cook for Father Howe in Grant and Minden. She then moved to Exeter and cooked and cleaned for Father Kelly and Father Glaves. She then retired at the age of 70.
Every spring Sophie entertained everyone by getting the Czech Landers Band to play at her birthday party. She and her friend, Emma Coates, enjoyed auctions and garage sales.
She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, parents, four brothers and three sisters and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and dear friend Joan Dumpert.
Mass was held Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 at the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Exeter with Father Tom Kuffel officiating. Agnes Anderson accompanied the congregation and cantor Jessica Rule.
Casket bearers were Larry Skarka, Ron Ruhl, Rick Wince, Ron Spopanski, Mark Becker and Bill Cudaback.
Graveside services were held at the Madrid Cemetery with Father Mark Pfeiffer officiating. Farmer and Son Funeral Home in Exeter was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church or to the American Legion in Exeter.