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Sophia Dwyer, 91, formerly of Stewart

Sophia Dwyer

Sophia Dwyer, 91, of Glencoe, formerly of Stewart, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. The Rev. Mahlon Bekedam will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers will be Christopher Maiers, Michael Maiers, Korey Dwyer, Richard Tabbert, David Reif and Dave Wendolek. Honorary casket bearers will be Carrie Jo Reif, Mary Lemke, Pamela Maiers, Patty Maiers, Michelle Maiers, Dori Dwyer, Shawna Sokolis and Amy Tabbert.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart.
Sophia (Sommerfeld) Dwyer was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Michigan, North Dakota, in Grand Forks County, on the family farm. She was the daughter of Julius and Emile Sommerfeld. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith, both at Evangelical Zion Church in Michigan, North Dakota. She attended school at the Michigan City Public School.
On Nov. 24, 1942, she was united in marriage to Orville Dwyer. They were blessed with four children, Ilene, Linda, Kenneth and Elaine. After their marriage, they resided in Niagra and Hankinson in North Dakota until they moved to Stewart, where they retired. They shared 53 years together.
Mrs. Dwyer was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful homemaker. She worked for the Stewart Bowling Alley and Dairy Queen, Fingerhut in Gaylord and Wiman Factory in Bird Island. She loved to dance, cook, embroider, read and tend to her flower gardens. One of her greatest blessings was her family, and she cherished each moment she was able to spend with them.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.
She is survived by her children, Ilene (Jerome) Penk of Brownton and Elaine (Gary) Tabbert of Glencoe; daughter-in-law, Sue Dwyer of Brownton; son-in-law, Mike Maiers of Hutchinson; brother, Gad (Gladys) Sommerfeld of Grand Forks, North Dakota; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Emily Sommerfeld; husband, Orville Dwyer; daughter, Linda Maiers; son, Kenneth Dwyer; granddaughter, Shelly Tabbert; three sisters and six brothers and their spouses.
Arrangements are with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart.