Sophie A. Black

Pine Bush


Sophie Ann Black passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown NY.  She was 85. 

Sophie was born on April 8, 1935 in Bridgeport , Connecticut to the late John Yatsinko and Sophie Ann Selski.  She graduated from Stratford High School in Stratford Connecticut in 1953. On November 10, 1956, she married Herbert V. Black and together they raised three daughters. In 1968 they settled in Pine Bush.

Sophie worked in the Pine Bush High School Cafeteria where she was known as the "Little Lunch Lady".  

In 1985 Sophie and Herb moved to Labelle, Florida where she continued to work in the food service department in the LaBelle High School until her retirement. Sophie always looked forward to her weekly lunch dates with her good friends and family. She also enjoyed playing cards, doing the word search and playing LCR with "the gang". Sophie was a loving mother, doting grandmother, adoring aunt, caring friend and always the life of the party.  

She will be missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her three daughters:  Susan Ingber and Patricia Black of Pine Bush, Cindy Bowers and her husband, Stephen of Walker Valley;  two grandchildren:  Shannon Knuth (Dan) & John Bowers (Miranda). Sister-in-law: Ruth Yatsinko of Stratford CT, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents (John and Sophie), husband (Herbert),  brother (John Yatsinko), brother & sister in law (Walter & Barbara Yatsinko),  sister in law (Marguerite Travioli and husband Jay), niece (Alice) and nephews (Bobby & Raymond).

Visitation will be held on Sunday November 29, 2020 from 1-5pm at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday November 30, 2020 at 10am at the Church of the Infant Saviour with Fr. Niranjan Rodrigo officiating. Burial will take place in the Orange County Veterans Cemetery along side her beloved Husband Herbert. 

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