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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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Sophia G. “Bennie” Andorfer.

  • Dear Jay ,Mike, and Greg, I send you my heartfelt condolences to you all. Your Mom enjoyed all of you and loved having family time! I remember all the great parties and Bennie was the best at making all the food, and it was so good! One thing I do know she loved how you boys teased each other, and she would try to get you boys to stop! It made her laugh, and smile inside and out! Your Dad and Mom were special people, and I will never forget them💞. Love, Andy

  • Jay, Mike, Greg and families,
    We are so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a wonderful woman and mother. You all have so many memories to share and friends and family for support. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

    Michael and Laura Abell

  • Dear Greg, Jay and Mike,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and I have so many wonderful memories of times I spent at your house and the vacations we shared. I remember Skipper sleeping in her flower bed and how she laughed it off. And of course I remember all the parties she had!

    She was my Mom’s closet friend and they had so much fun throughout the years.

    You are in my prayers and in my heart.

    love you all,

    Karen Talmage Nesbit

  • Mike with the aid of Rhonda you did all that was humanly possible to take care of your parents. Have no regrets as they are both happy now that they are together again. Barb Perkins

  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. Our parents were good friends and enjoyed many fun times together. My mother was in awe of Bennie’s art and many accomplishments.

  • Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. With best regards,
    Kristie Kline Clayman

  • Dear Mike, Jay, and Greg,
    Our sympathy is with you and your families on the loss of your mother. May God provide comfort and peace during this sorrowful time. And may sweet memories sustain you.

  • Dear Andorfer Sons & Families,

    As your first babysitter and former backdoor neighbor, I am greatly saddened to learn of your parents deaths. They were such a fun and loving couple who will be greatly missed by family and community. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.