1928 – 2018
Putnam – Sophie A. (Valicki) Kondysar, 90, of Underwood Rd., died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Umass Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Mazeski) Valicki of Queens, NY.
Sophie began her journey in Queens, “Blissville”, NY enjoying family dinners, softball, and pies. She was an avid fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and worked in a greeting card factory. She married the love of her life, Boleslaus J. Kondysar, known to most as “Ben” or “Bolek.” They moved from New York to Putnam to start a new life that lasted 32 years together until Bolek passed away in 1986. They owned and operated an 18-acre farm supplying vegetables to local stores and restaurants. The B&M Greenhouses, (managed along with Michael Krawiec), also supplied flower arrangements along with other plants. They helped supply her brother-in law’s catering business with various meats and produce. They also sold live bait to local fisherman. In addition to working at Idle Wild Farm for a short time, Sophie enjoyed canning many of her own vegetables that lasted through the Winter and into Spring. Thanksgiving was a true Harvest Blessing with family members traveling from Ohio and New York to enjoy family gatherings and feasts which consisted mainly of the “fresh” vegetables.
She was known for her unique cooking, especially her chicken dinners and rabbit specialties. She later worked as a cook and companion for Dorothy and Henry Woodbridge where she acquired the nickname “SOFULS.” She also worked for other prominent families in Pomfret and surrounding towns. Even some of the Kennedys enjoyed Sophie’s cooking. She loved the Woodbridges and their other family members for their kindness, compassion and respect that she and her entire family were given. They were truly her extended family. Sophie also worked at Data General where her days were often an adventure. She looked forward to working with a group that she became very close with and had a lot of fun with over the years. She recently spent some time with some of them laughing and remembering the good times that they shared together.
She is survived by her children, Benjamin M. Kondysar Sr. of Putnam, Sandra-Ann Montie and her husband Robert and her grandson Andrew J. Montie of Putnam, Roseann M. Montie and her husband Kevin of Danielson. She was predeceased by her grandson, Benjamin Michael Kondysar, Jr., along with her five siblings John J. Valicki, Stephen Walicki, Katherine (Valicki) Plock, Peter Walicki, Frank Walicki.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Sophie’s family from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation Church, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sophie Kondysar Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 131, Putnam, CT 06260. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.