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Sophie Gladys (Dziadul) Rygiel

Sophie Gladys (Dziadul) Rygiel, 90, longtime resident of Washington Street, Ipswich, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in the Pilgrim Nursing Home in Peabody.

Born May 8, 1928 in Ipswich, she was the daughter of the late Anna and Bronislaw Dziadul. She attended Ipswich schools, graduating from Ipswich High School in 1946. She worked at Ipswich Shellfish from her senior year in high school until she married Sgt. Zigmund Rygiel USMC, of Newark, N.J. in 1953. After her marriage she moved to Beaufort, South Carolina where her husband was stationed. She was widowed in 1956 and returned to Ipswich to raise her only son, Michael while working at Sylvania as a secretary until 1973. Sophie enjoyed gardening and was well known for the rose bushes that lined her front yard along Washington Street. She also enjoyed knitting and vacationing and was an avid reader. She had a great memory, always entertaining family with her stories and remembering them on their birthdays and anniversaries. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Polish Women’s Club.

She is survived by her son Michael and his wife Nancy of Peabody, grandchildren Michael and wife Meaghan of Ipswich, and Eric and his wife Jennifer of Georgetown, great grandson Braydon, and many nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by sisters Eleanor and Jen and brothers Walter and Joseph.

Her funeral will be held 9 am Monday October 29 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Interment will be in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially invited. Visiting hours will be 4 to 7 pm Sunday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 3810.

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