Kathleen Sophia Obituary (2021) – Ocean View, NJ

Sophia, Kathleen A. (née Gallagher), – 82, of Ocean View, died at the care of Autumn Lake Healthcare in Ocean View New Jersey at the age of 82 on Sunday December 19, 2021. Although no one is born was ready to say goodbye to this adorable human, you could say she’s had a great life. Kathy was born in Passaic, NJ to Frances and John Gallagher. The sister of an older brother John Gallagher (predeceased) and a younger sister, Judith Gallagher Desmond. She attended Ryder College where she met and married Robert Louis Sophia. They eventually expanded their family with three beautiful children living in Trenton, NJ, Levittown, PA and Pittsburgh, PA before settling in Danbury, CT. There, Kathy became a real estate agent and was actively involved in politics, serving as a councilor for the town of Danbury. She held a job with the Danbury Police Service for over 30 years before her retirement. In the police department and throughout the community, she has always been known for her very social nature. After her retirement she moved to Ocean View, NJ and was soon followed by her daughter Kimberly and her family who now reside at Cape May Court House, NJ. An active mother and grandmother, Kathy is now survived by her children Richard Sophia of Poughquag, NY, and Kimberly Sophia Enteado of Cape May Court House, NJ. Being the strong woman who knew her the most, Kathy had to experience the worst heartache of all when she lost her son Robert Sophia Jr. of Burlington, VT, in 2018 to the same illness that allegedly left her. finally carried away. Although heartbroken in some ways, she received the gift from grandchildren, Megan (and Peter), Sara (and Darren), Katie, Jack and Mackenzie. She is also survived by two great grandchildren, Camden and Audrey. Kathy is also survived by her “adopted” family, having become the second mother to almost everyone she has crossed paths with. She is known for her kind and outgoing nature which has earned her the memorable nickname “Big G”. Kathy had many friends in the Dennis Township School District and the mall within 5 minutes of her house (where she spoke to anyone who wanted to listen to her). Feeding all the local wildlife, she has become the Mad Cat Lady we all know and love. Kathy has been known to the community throughout her life and will be sadly missed by everyone. Her Memorial Mass will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph’s RC Church, 43rd and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ, where friends can call from 10 a.m. until mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave, 16th floor, New York, NY 10001. For family condolences, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.

Published by The Press of Atlantic City on December 26, 2021.