Sophie Van Hyft

Dates

March 16, 1929 - July 28, 2016

Obituary

Sophie Irene Van Hyft was born March 16, 1929 at Mitchell, SD to Adolph and Rosy (Duncan) Pedersen.  She attended school at Badger 44 and then moved to the Plano area and graduated from Plano High School.  On May 4, 1974 she married Frank P. Van Hyft at Mitchell.

She was employed in Mitchell at the Frisco Café for twenty-three years, the Landmark Café and Dick’s Café.  When she retired she had been employed in the café business for a total of forty-six years.  In 1998 Sophie joined the RSVP and over the years volunteered at the Salvation Army, American Legion, DAV, VFW, RSVP Thrift Store, Social Services, Corn Palace and the James Valley Community Center.  Frequently she drove people to Sioux Falls for doctor appointments and to the airport. She had a great sense of humor, loved meeting people, playing bingo and had a special place in her heart for cats.

Sophie is survived by her siblings: Arnold (Clara) Pedersen, Huron, SD, LeRoy (Kathy) Pedersen, MN, Arlene (Don) Mason, Platte, SD and Rose Marie Schroeder, Huron, SD; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Shirley Jenkins and family.

Sophie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank (1989); her parents; one brother, Elmer Pedersen, a brother-in-law, Allen R Schroeder and a sister-in-law, Carol Petersen.

 

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Monday, August 1, 2016
Time
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Monday, August 1, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota

Cemetery

Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota


Posted by AseraCare Hospice on August 3, 2016
During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
- The AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Delores Duncan Zimmerman on July 31, 2016
My sympathy to Sophie's family in their loss. I have many fond memories of being with my cousins during the time we lived in SD, until our family moved to MN. During the summers I was able to stay for a week at a time, at Uncle Adolph and Aunt Rosy's farm. Sophie was one year older than me and Arnold was a year younger. With our ages being close, we shared many fun experiences. In the fall of 1938, the Pedersen family sold a large "turkey harvest," which enabled them to give their children a nice Christmas. Sophie's gift was a new Schwinn bicycle, that was able to learn to ride in the summer of 1939. Another gift for the family, was a new 1938 Chevrolet sedan and that became my first ride in a new car. On the Saturday night shopping trip to Mitchell that summer, Sophie, Arnold and I were each given a dime for treats. Elmer and Arlene each got a nickle, due to being younger. A nickle could buy an ice cream cone, or large Hershey's candy bar, or a bottle of pop. We shared many fun adventures, such harnessing up Kate, the old white mule, driving her around the farm yard hitched up to a one-horse wagon. Back then, kids though up various things to do. Aunt Rosy was 20 months younger than my Dad, her brother. I remember the respect they had for each other, never did I hear them disagree on any point of view; something I carried on through out the relationships with my brothers, as family is important and to be treasured. Sorry, I can't be with my cousins on Monday for the memorial services of Sophie. But my prayers and thoughts will be with you. Let us hold on to those precious memories of our loved one. Delores (Dee)
Posted by Ron & Betty Ross on July 31, 2016
Sorry to hear of Sophie passing. so many wonderful memories of playing dice with
Sophie and Cookie when were visiting Mitchell. Sophie was a very caring and loving
person. She will be missed.
Posted by Stella Georgopoulos Treiber on July 30, 2016
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Sophie. She was a big part of my life since she worked in my parents' Frisco Cafe and also celebrated many holidays in our home with our family. We had a great time playing fun tricks on one another; she had a great sense of humor and was always kind to me! My prayers are with her family! Love, Fred & Stella Treiber
Posted by Kalley Georgopoulos Johnson on July 29, 2016
I knew Sophie as a young girl working at my father's restaurant (FriscoCafe). She was always good to me and my siblings and was a part of our family. We enjoyed doing everything together. She shall be greatly missed by all of us. Our love and prayers to all the Pederson family. We miss all of you and wish we could attend Sophie's funeral. Please accept our condolences.
Kaley and Mark Johnson family
Posted by Rose Reinhart on July 29, 2016
Sophie was a neighbor of ours in Mitchell. My children loved to watch for Sophie and her cat going for a walk in the evening. She was a very special woman and I am sorry to hear of her death. May she rest in peace.
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