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Sophie Karwowicz, age 98 of Warren, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Evangelical Home in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She was born April 13, 1919 in Adams, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Martin and the late Antonina (nee: Lepak) Skowyra.

Being a woman who possessed hard work ethics, Sophie devoted many of her earlier years to earning a living and dedicating herself to her job at the Peschke Meat Packing Plant on Sherwood Avenue in Detroit. Employed as one of their packers, she poured herself into each daily task set before her and extended the utmost in service excellence to the company throughout the time she was there.

Somewhere amidst all of her years of working and tending to things at home, Sophie was blessed to have met a special man by the name of Bernard who would change her life and ultimately join her at the altar on that wonderful day in 1953 when the two became husband & wife. At 34 years of age, Sophie entered into marriage a bit later in life than many of her peers, but it was well worth the wait as she found a man who made her very happy and the two eventually welcomed a beautiful little boy into the world, their son, Richard.

In sharing a bit about Sophie, one of the most prominent aspects would be her Polish heritage of which she was extremely proud. From it came a lot of history and tradition that she remembered as she grew and matured into adulthood. But perhaps most rewarding for the family and friends that surrounded her life came the famous Polish cooking and baking she was noted for and shared with them all. Sophie could work some incredible magic in the kitchen and always had some kind of tasty treat to share. Perhaps most memorable of all will be that delectable "Polish Torte Cake" that pleased many-a-sweet tooth and left their mouths watering. So moist,…so rich,…and so much fun to enjoy! But if you ever wanted to replicate one of her great dishes or treats, you'd better be able to read Polish as there isn't an English written recipe in the bunch.

Another aspect of Sophie's life that will stand out is her beautiful Rose Garden in which she poured the best parts of her tender-loving-care and nurturing into creating a feast for the eyes. With the green thumb of an horticulturist and the gardening prowess of the folks at HGTV, Sophie took great pride in her roses and nurtured them with a care that truly showed with each season of blooming. They were, indeed, a thing of beauty and splendor for all to enjoy. One can only imagine that she had some pretty happy and grateful neighbors.

Yet of all she poured into work, family, her Polish heritage and her garden, there's no question that the greatest passion she held was for her Lord and the importance she placed on her faith. Truly a humble servant of God, Sophie was one of His most devout prayer warriors and prayed all day, every day. If she wasn't praying the rosary, you would have often found her watching Mass being officiated on Catholic TV. For all who knew this special lady, many will attest to the fact that Sophie's faith was always front & center,…yet always in a reverent manner. A longtime parishioner of St. Faustina Catholic Church, even back to its St. Edmund era, it's only fitting that her Funeral Mass will be officiated there.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Sophie was all about family. Hers may have not been great in number, but she loved them immensely,…especially her treasured grandson, Brett. He was her one & only, and she adored him with all that she had. Her faith was so impactful that Brett, still in his youth at the age of 24, reveres the Lord and follows after Him,…with Grandma looking on in delight. She touched a multitude of hearts and souls in her journey through life, and leaves behind a wonderful legacy of love for all to embrace with each reflection shared. She will truly be missed.

Sophie was the beloved wife of the late Bernard. She was the dearest mother of Richard (Joyce) Karwowicz, and loving grandmother of Brett. Sophie leaves to cherish her memory, brother Frank (Sophie) Skowyra who still resides in Poland, and was preceded in death by siblings; Helen, Angela, Jean, Ted, and Mitchell. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Sophie will be held Thursday, January 18th from 3-9pm, with a 6:30 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

She will lie in state on Friday from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Bernard.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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