Sophie Julia Coffey 96, of Cranston, died peacefully on Thursday at home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late George J. Coffey and was the youngest of 11 children born to Teodor and Stefania (Pisztatowski) Mojkowski. She was the sister of the late Jo Szelag, Frances Larkin, Jenny Roddy, and Anna, Mae, Chester, Frank, Stanley, Anthony, and Julian (twin brother) Mojkowski. Sophie and George were married 58 years and are survived by their children Dennis Coffey and his wife Laraine of Foster; Judith Coffey and her husband Mike Hirtle of Riverside; Brian Coffey and his wife Vashti of Ypsilanti, Michigan ; Kevin Coffey of Cranston, and Deborah Clark and her husband Charles of Noank, Connecticut. She was a homemaker for many years where her job description included chef, maid, personal driver, seamstress and nurse for the family. After her children were grown she became an Administrative Secretary for 25 years with the Cranston Adult Education Department. When she retired in 1999, the school department had to hire two people to replace her. In her retirement she was an accomplished artist and completed many knitting and needlepoint projects. Sophie is also survived by six grandchildren. She was truly loved by Sarah Fulford, Sam Chin, and Alex, Ben, Sofie and Daniel Clark for whom she set a sterling example. She embraced technology, in order to keep up with everyone through Facebook , Zoom or texting. Being a Nana was her greatest joy which is exemplified by the fact that she continued to make Easter baskets for each of the grandchildren until some were in their 30’s. The tradition stopped only when two great-granddaughters, Emma and Laila, came on the scene six years ago and they became a new generation to get the Easter baskets. She was a communicant at Saint Paul Church, Cranston, RI for 64 years. As an active parishioner she sewed and then donated hundreds of baptismal garments. To keep busy in retirement she also used her sewing skills to repair and then then clean many safety vests for Kevin and his JetBlue ground crew at Logan Airport.
A private service will be held at St. Ann Cemetery. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Paul Church at a future date.
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