Andrew Sofranko

Obituary of Andrew Sofranko

Andrew J. Sofranko, 89, died on January 8, 2013, of complications from influenza/pneumonia. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Lorraine Trump Sofranko, who died in 2012. Andy was born in Allentown, PA to Andrew John Sofranko and Elizabeth Lesho, both originally from Czechoslovakia. Andy graduated from Thaddeus Stevens Technical College in Lancaster, PA as a machinist, in 1943. He met Lorraine in a roller skating rink in Allentown; they married in 1944. Andy left soon after to serve as a B-17 bombardier in the 15th Army Air Corps in Foggia, Italy, surviving numerous harrowing bombing runs into northern Italy. He retired in 1964 from the active reserve with the rank of Major. He attended Muhlenberg College in mechanical engineering, but left after a year to support his growing family. Over a long career in the steel industry, Andy designed steel forming machines, authored four U.S. patents, and retired as VP of sales for Morgan/SMS in Pittsburgh, PA. Andy and Lorraine lived from 1985-2007 in Pawley's Island, SC, where they forged new friendships, were active golfers, and enjoyed visits from their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In 2007, Andy and Lorraine moved to Elverson, PA to be closer to their children. He was a 32nd degree Freemason. He is survived by his sister, Marie Mickel, his children, Sandra O'Brien and John, granddaughters Stacy Kripas and Kathleen O'Brien, and great grandsons Michael and Benjamin Kripas. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton
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