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Dec 14, 2012 - Staff
Sophie Tomisich, a longtime Hudson resident, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. She was 90 years old.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. Burial will follow at the Hudson Cemetery. A viewing will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sophie Vinich was born Jan. 21, 1922, at the No. 1 Popo Agie Coal Mine which was located to the south above Hudson. She was the daughter and first child of John Vinich and Helen (Mojas) Vinich. She was baptized as a child in the Serbian Orthodox faith. After the mine where she was born went on strike, her parents moved to Gebo where her father worked mining coal.
She attended grade school in Gebo until 1932 when the family moved back to Hudson. She finished grade school and ninth and 10th grades in Hudson. She graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander in 1942.
She, at age 11, and her brother Mike, at age 9, harvested sugar beets for the local farmers for 25 cents a day during the Great Depression. She also washed dishes for El Toro Restaurant during her high school years.
After graduating high school, she moved to Denver where she worked in a few big restaurants. In 1952, when her father died, she moved back to Hudson to be with her mother and family.
In 1959 she met and married Peter Tomisich. The two made their home in Hudson. He died in 1992. After his passing, she moved in with her mother and provided the care needs for her mother until she died at the age of 100 in 2000. Mrs. Tomisich's family greatly appreciated the sacrifice and care that she provided to her mother through those years. Grandma Vinich's greatest fear was having to live out her remaining years away from her home in a care facility. Mrs. Tomisich made sure that didn't happen.
Her family said she enjoyed baking cookies, muffins and cakes and giving them to her family and friends. She also liked to sing, and she enjoyed singing Christian hymns in church services. When the opportunity would arise, she would proudly sing and dance to old Serbian folk songs in the Serbian language with her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Jack Wananda, and her two brothers, Mike and Lyle Vinich and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Bob; sister Mary; sisters-in-law Adana and Mabel; niece Michelle; and nephews Michael and John.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hudson Homecrafters or the Riverton Animal Shelter in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.