Frances Elenora Softich, 94, of Poland, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in the presence of the Lord and her family.
She was born in New Castle to Ignacy and Honorata Bodziach. A few years later the family moved to their dairy farm near Harlansburg, where she grew up with her sisters, Bertha (Czubek), Effie (Gorgacz) and Ann (Sneizek), and her brother, Joe.
She graduated from Eastbrook High School in 1942, and then attended New Castle Business College.
During World War II, she worked at the Johnson Bronze Company as an administrative assistant and also on the assembly line, making munitions for the war effort.
She met John Klamut shortly before his departure to the war in Europe in 1943. After his return from Germany in 1946, they were married on Aug. 16, 1946. They lived on Jackson Avenue in New Castle for many years, and had three children, who all survive her Kristine, John and James. Frances also has three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, who fondly have known her as "Babki."
After John's unexpected death in 1961, Frances spent the next 15 years as a working mother, dedicated to raising her children. She was employed by the New Model Baking Company, Universal Rundle and then the treaurer's office of Lawrence County.
She was active in many organizations in the support of her children, including the NeCaHi Band Parents.
In 1975, Frances married Edward Softich of Struthers, Ohio. They lived in both Struthers and Poland Township, and enjoyed a retirement full of dancing and travel. They loved the outdoors, swimming and running. She was a great storyteller and leaves her family with a rich legacy of its past and Polish customs.
She is survived by her three children, Kristine, John and Jackie, and Jim and Maria; three grandchildren, Johanna and Doug Killian, John and Elizabeth Klamut, and Jeffrey Klamut; and seven great-grandchildren, Andrew, John Mark, Jack, Laura, Molly, Nathaniel and Maggie.
Calling hours will held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc., 258 Poland Ave., Struthers.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Our Savior Parish, St. Nicholas Church in Struthers. A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. for Mass.
Burial will be in SS. Philip and James Cemetery, New Castle.
Published on September 15, 2017