Sophia G. “Bennie” Andorfer
January 15, 1924 ‒ June 11, 2016
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Sophia G. “Bennie” Andorfer, age 92, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, died Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her residence. She was born on January 15, 1924 in Glen Dale, West Virginia the daughter of Gregory and Xenia (Kowalczyk) Benko. Graduating Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing, she was employed as a registered nurse by Fletcher Army Hospital in Cambridge, Ohio, and later by Dr. Eastman in Mount Vernon. After training in art therapy at Bethesda Hospital and Muskingum Comprehensive Mental Health Center in Zanesville, Bennie worked as an art therapist for Moundbuilders Guidance Center and Coshocton County Mental Health. She was a member of the Art Therapy Association and president of the Knox County Art Guild. An avid print-maker and painter, she studied print-making, pottery and color at Kenyon College, Denison University and the Columbus College of Art and Design. She was also a member of the Kenyon Dramatic Club, appearing in several Hill Theater productions.
Bennie was a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club, where she was recognized as golf Club Champion multiple years. She and her late husband Robert were active members of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
She is survived by her sons, Gregory (Joan) Andorfer of Grantsville, Maryland, John (Amy) Andorfer of Durham, North Carolina and Michael (Nanette Black) Andorfer of Mount Vernon, four grandchildren, Alexandra Andorfer, Taylor Andorfer, Kaitlin (Nathan) Sockman, Max Andorfer and a sister, Vera (Tom) Leonard of Gahanna.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Andorfer (March 2016), a grandson, Gregory Andorfer, brother and sisters, Johnny Matechak, Alice Jarabek, Kathryn Benko, Lovalene Neubuar, Helen Benko and Ann Frank.
Friends may call on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. The family will observe a graveside service at a later date to be announced in the Mount Vernon News.
The family would like to thank Ronda Hathaway for her years of loving and compassionate care.
Memorial contributions in Bennie’s name may be made to the charity of your choice.
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