Sophia Cecilia Maria McGonagle
11, 1942-February 16, 2018
Sophia Cecilia Maria (Smink) McGonagle passed away Friday
evening with her loving family at her bedside, she was 75.
Sophie was born and raised in Amersfoort, Holland the daughter
of the Thedorus & Maria(Koenen) Smink, during the height of Nazi
occupation of World War II.
She traveled Europe extensively as a young woman, before
arriving in the United States in 1960. She took an au pair
position in Everett, where she befriended her neighbor,
Christine McGonagle, who took an instant liking to this pretty,
Dutch girl, Sophie. Christine introduced Sophie to her son,
Chet; and on September 14, 1963, much to Christine’s delight,
Sophie and Chet were married. Christine always claimed that she
gained both a second daughter and a life-long best friend the
day Sophie married Chet.
Although, Sophie was small in stature, she was a strikingly,
beautiful blond. She answered to many knick-names, including,
Fitzy, Fi, and Minky. She had an excellent sense of humor, and
took well the relentless teasing of her barely-five-foot zero
inches in height. Her come-back in most instances was, “You’re
not much, if you’re not Dutch.” Due to her good humor and
friendliness, Sophie made friends easily and those friendships
lasted a lifetime.
Sophie was a wonderful cook and a generous hostess at holiday
gatherings for her extended family and friends. She was a
loving, wife, mother, and Nana, and particularly enjoyed
spoiling her five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loved
reading mysteries and playing card games. She and Chet both
enjoyed traveling in their retirement, and not surprisingly, she
loved Dutch Aruba, and returning “home” to Holland often to
visit her family.
Sophie was also a long-time employee of Stop and Shop in Malden,
where she worked in the meat room. She was exceedingly proud of
her Dutch heritage, and was extremely honored when executives
from Royal Ahold, the Dutch parent company of Stop and Shop,
were introduced to her at the Malden store so that she could
welcome them in their shared, native language.
Sophie was the beloved wife of 54 years of Chester “Chet” J.
McGonagle. Loving mother of Owen E. McGonagle and his wife,
Catherine, of Milton & Scott D. McGonagle and his wife, Judith,
Sister of the late Henk & Co Smink formerly of Amersfoort,
Cherished grandmother of Daniel, Justin, Audrey, Brian, and Evan
McGonagle. Sister-in-law of Kathleen Gillespie, Thomas & Barbara
McGonagle, and the late, John McGonagle.
Auntie of Els Willemsen, Robert Smink, Marijke Smink, Theo
Smink, and Thea Land of Holland; and Kelley Connors, Michael
Gillespie, John McGonagle, and Ryan McGonagle of MA.
Great Auntie of many grand-nieces and grand-nephews and
even some great-nieces and great-nephews in both MA and Holland.
Funeral services for Sophie will be held in the Weir-MacCuish
Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden, on Thursday,
Feb. 22, 2018 at 10 AM.
Interment to follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday,
Feb. 21, 2018 from 4-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Sophie’s memory may be made
to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston,
MA 02215 or the Brigham’s & Women’s Hospital, 75 Frances St.,
Boston, MA 02115.