Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Mable Sofonoff

Gravemarker of Mable (Demosky) Sofonoff

Mable Sofonoff (née Demosky) was my husband’s paternal aunt. Her obituary can be read here.

MabIe was born about 1904 – 1906 (the year of birth on her grave is presumably incorrect) in Khristianovka, a now-abandoned village near Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Her parents Wasyl and Luchenia (Tomelin) Demosky, Doukhobor immigrants, settled there after they married about 1903.

Mable, the eldest of five children and the only daughter, married in 1938. She and her husband Louis Sofonoff had one son, Harvey, before they moved to Alberta.

After her funeral in the Russian prayer home in Veregin, Saskatchewan, Mable was laid to rest in Tolstoy Cemetery, a few miles north of the town.

Her gravemarker reads:

In Fond Memory Of
Mable Sofonoff
1909 – 1968
Beloved Wife Of Louis Sofonoff


Mable (Demosky) Sofonoff photograph, ca 2001; original image, privately held by Yvonne (Belair) Demoskoff, British Columbia, 2014. About 2001, someone (possibly Jonathan Kalmakoff of the Doukhobor Genealogy Website) gave the original photograph to William (Bill) Demoskoff, who asked him for photos of tombstones of interest on his behalf. Later, Yvonne received an assortment of family memorabilia (including Mable’s gravemarker photograph) in January 2012 from her father-in-law Bill.

Copyright © 2104, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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