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Sophia "Sophie" Van Hook

March 07, 1914 - May 28, 2018


June 02, 2018
9:00 - 10:00 AM

St. Mary's Cathedral

Funeral Mass

June 02, 2018
- 10:00 AM

St. Mary's Cathedral


Boulger Funeral Home

Sophia "Sophie" Van Hook

March 07, 1914 - May 28, 2018


Sophia “Sophie” V. Van Hook, 104, passed away peacefully May 28, 2018 at Rosewood on Broadway Nursing Home, Fargo.

Sophie was born March 7, 1914 in Perham, Minnesota to John and Margaret (Feidler) Guck.
After her schooling, Sophie moved to Fargo, ND. She was employed at the Fargo Sanitarium for 2-3 years as a nurse. She then did home nursing care until she was married. Sophie married Fyrrol Van Hook on June 10, 1943 in the sacristy of the Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Fyrrol was home on leave and immediately returned to his post at Fort Dix. A few months later she joined him Trenton, NJ. They lived there for close to one year. After he was sent overseas, she came back home to Fargo to live. In 1960 she began working for the ND State Seed Department as a Seed Analyst. She was employed there for 20 years. Sophie has been an active volunteer in St. Mary’s Cathedral in many areas including a year as an officer in the guild and PTA leader for the school. She has been a member of the Catholic Daughters for over 65 years. Sophie spent so much time at the Newman Center at NDSU that it was a second home. She helped to cook many meals in addition to other volunteer work. She began bowling after she lost her eyesight and continued enjoying the sport until she was 90 years old.

Sophie is survived by her children, John (Mary) Van Hook of Golden Valley, MN, Tom (Patty Lavin) Van Hook of Chandler, AZ; and grandchildren Jennifer (Doug) White of Falls Church, VA, Richard (Beth) Van Hook, Charlottesville, VA.

Sophie is preceded by her husband and brothers and sisters.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Cardinal Muench Endowment Fund or Catholic Development Foundation.


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7 responses to “Sophia “Sophie” Van Hook”

  1. JoCee Vareberg says:

    My Dear Sophie. I will miss You, dearly. You have helped me enhance my Catholic faith and have brought so many Blessings on so many people over the years, especially myself, with your abounding prayer vigils. You were a bright light 🕯Of positivity, in the lives of many people, young and old, particularly when they needed it. I will never forget you, and all the special things you shared, and brought to my life, including your wonderful family. GOD has brought a beautiful Angel home to Eternity. 🙏🏼 I will Love You always…💝 JoCee Vareberg 💕

  2. Fr. Tim Bushy says:

    Tom and Patty,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in the death of your Mom. May her legacy of love, faith and service live on in all of us. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. Fr. Tim Bushy

  3. Rich Ludwig says:

    John, Sorry to learn about the loss of your mother. What a wonderful long life she was given.
    Rich Ludwig

  4. Mike and Jean Limmer says:

    Our prayers are with the family of sophie. She was our last surviving aunt and I would call her periodically and visit with her. She loved to be teased. Our best wishes during this time of loss.

  5. Hannah Van Hook says:

    Rest in peace, Sophia. Sincere condolences to the family. Hannah

  6. Gary Pedersen, Gateway Lions says:

    I remember Sophie from when she started bowling with our “Bowling for the Blind” group. She was always such a nice person as well as being a good bowler. You would have thought that she had been bowling all of her life. She was missed when she retired from bowling.

  7. Candy Lien says:

    I taught Sophie braille when she came to North Dakota Services for the Visually Impaired for training in 1980. She was a lovely lady, and open to learning new skills. Rest in peace, sophie.

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