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Obituary for Sofie Katherina Overdiek

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Sofie Katherina Overdiek

October 26, 1930 - January 30, 2014

Sofie Katherina Overdiek, passed away January 30, 2014. She was born in October 26, 1930 to George and Emily Drescher in Mannheim, Germany.
After 10 years of crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis plus high blood pressure battle, with help and direction from a wonderful neighbor, Mrs. Dianna Mecham, Sofie’s life was prolonged with modern medicine for arthritis.
She married John Overdiek in Meinheim, Germany on June 22, 1960; divorced in 1977, and later remarried in January 19, 1978 in Elko, Nevada.
Sofie passed with a great pride of her American Citizenship requirements. Her greatest pleasure when asked of her accent was: “I’m a bloody American”.
She was an excellent seamstress at Utah Tailoring Mills with her favorite boss and friend Mr. Bingham; they pleased many of the movie stars. She was very committed with her time and monetary contributions for the benefit of all animals “the love of her life”. She would not tolerate any abuse to animals.
Sofie is survived by her husband John Overdiek; child Rosewitha Jenter, Mennhein, Germany; sister Erna Gajnos, Huntsville, Alabama; and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother George Drescher and sister Emilie Drescher.
Private Funeral services were held February 3, 2014, by Sofie’s request.
Interment at the Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Ut.
Arrangements under direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary. Please send condolences to the family at


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Born: October 26, 1930
Died: January 30, 2014

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Michele Robins posted on 2/11/14

I am so sorry for the loss of my wonderful neighbor & friend. After 17 & 1/2 years, I am surely feeling the loss. My deepest sympathy for all the family. Such heartbreak for all of you. My prayers are with you.


Roland Roe posted on 2/5/14

Dear John and Family---Greta and I were deeply saddened by Sofie's passing. While our association was relatively short and limited, we both thought the world of her - a lady in every respect who added warmth and kindness by her very presence. The fact that she hid her arthritic suffering so well, speaks volumes to her character. Your are indeed a very fortunate man to have had her in your life for these many years. I can only imagine the sense of loss you must now fee, but time has a way of lessening the impact of that loss. We both stand ready to assist you in dealing with her loss in any way we can. Don't hesitate. Your dear friends. Greta and Roland Roe


Dave and Janice Zeigler posted on 2/5/14

We're so saddened by the loss of such a dear friend. Always so up beat and kind to everyone, she knew no strangers. We will always treasure the great memories of the fishing trips and fun times over the many years, You were a joy to all who knew you, No more pain or suffering peacefully in His loving care until we see you again. Miss and love you, Sofie.


Janet Ortgiesen posted on 2/5/14

So sorry to hear about Sophie's passing, but glad she is out of pain. I will always remember her sweet spirit, and never forget the good time we had when she took us to dinner for a "pizza pie". At the Pie. What a fun time. God bless you. Love the Ortgiesen Family


Joe & Roswitha Thompson posted on 2/4/14

Sofie, we will miss your zest for life...You were one of a kind....Our condoleances to your sweet husband, John and to your other family...We will miss you saying "whatever turns you on baby..".. So glad that we got to know you....May you rest in peace and without pain....Until we see you again...


Darrel R. Thompson posted on 2/4/14

Sofie was a delight to know, so sweet and kind, always letting me know she appreciated my efforts to deliver her mail. On a few occasions I sat by her and we talked at the Riverdale Senior Center, eating lunch. She dressed so well, and she explained to me how she was very frugal in her clothing & jewelry she wore. She did obviously love animals and supported caring for them. When John and I got into any kind of talk about politics or money, she noticed, then later would pull me aside and say, "don't listen to him about those things, I don't." She was independent and kind. Yet I know she loved John, and he was really good to her, loved her as they dealt with her arthritis, health issues. Sophie lived in Germany through WWII, as I remember it, she knew the awfulness of war first hand. In Riverdale she helped the Mormon missionaries, the Elders, in repairing their clothing when needed, fed them great home cooked meals, and helped in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others, blessing others with her insights and talents. I express my condolences to John and and to Sophie's friends and family. John, you and Sophie are just top shelf, class and leadership exude from you both. Live to be with her forever, and you will be. Thanks be to God for my knowing you both, may he continue to bless you in this life and in the next. Darrel R.Thompson, Sophie's former mailman, USPS.


Dennis & Ranelle Schulz posted on 2/4/14

Our sincere condolences to John and Sophie's family.We have many memories of Sophie. She was such a pleasure to be around.I remember how proud she was to have her American citizenship. Spent a lot of time visiting when John and Denny were out fishing tournaments. She will be turlly missed.. We love you Sophie!!!!