Sofia Bartell Froom, North Lima, Ohio Obituary
NORTH LIMA, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Sofia Bartell Froom, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Ivy Woods Manor.
She was the eldest of six children, born May 13, 1932 in Hṻndertbucheln, Transylvania (Siebenbṻrgen) Romania, daughter of Michael and Sofia (Eitel) Roth. Her family moved to Kiel, Germany in 1940, then to Wṻrzburg in 1941. Sofia came to Youngstown in 1952.
She helped organize the catering service at the Youngstown Saxon Club and also served as secretary at the Saxon Club for many years.
Sofia was a member of the old Honterus Lutheran Church.
Sofia was a 70-year member of the Youngstown Saxon Club, where she was named ‘Saxon Lady of the Year’ in 1967 and 1996. She was very proud of these honours. She held various positions within Branch 22, the women’s organization of the Saxon Club, including that of president. Sofia was also a trustee of the national board of the ATS (Alliance of Transylvania Saxons) from 1997 to 2008. She was also active with the Youth Band and the Youth Chorus. Sofia was a Scout leader and den mother with the Cubs. She was a board member of West Junior High and active in the PTA. Sofia was a member of the Youngstown Mothers of Twins Club, where she served on the board. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Miriam Chapter No. 278, where she served as Worthy Matron in 1985. She was a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Kheedawee Court No. 6, where she served as High Priestess in 1986 and administrator for three years thereafter. She was also a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine Club of Youngstown, where she served as treasurer.
Sofia and her husband Don were co-pilots for the Trumbull Shrine Club, transporting the children and their parents to the Shriners Hospital for Children with Disabilities in Erie, Pennsylvania.
She enjoyed cooking, baking and canning and her specialty was “German Potato Salad”. Sofia also enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. Sofia was very proud of her Saxon German heritage and German sayings and prayers are still practiced by her children and grandchildren.
Sofia is survived by her children, William W. (Mary) Bartell, Jr. of Louisville, Kentucky, Cynthia E. (Robert) Hazel of Poland, and Martin R. Bartell of Plainfield, Illinois; his siblings, Michael (Phyllis) Roth of Boca Raton, Florida, Raimund (Rita) Roth of Amherst, Ernest (Diana) Roth of Hubbard, Adele (David) Cisine of Youngstown, and Paul Roth of Raleigh, North Carolina; his grandchildren, Laura (John) Carder, Robert (Shannon) Hazel, Jr., Christopher (Erin) Bartell, Brian (Jessica) Bartell and Grant Bartell and his great-grandchildren, Sofia Terlesky, Mia Carder, Jack Carder , Rose Hazel, Cora Hazel, Myra Bartell and Niklaus Bartell.
Her first husband, William W. Bartell, Sr., died in 1996. Besides her parents, Sofia was predeceased by her second husband, Donald Froom and sons, Richard M. and Michael J. Bartell.
Private family services were held.
Memorial donations in Sofia’s name may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Youngstown Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, OH 44509 or the Crippled Children’s Transportation Fund of the Youngstown Shrine Club, PO Box 302, 1735 W. South Range Road, North Lima, OH 44452.
Arrangements are made by Lane Family Funeral Homes-Anstrom Chapel.
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