Sophie E. (Pandolph) Kearns

February 15, 2021

Sophie E. (Pandolph) Kearns

Sophie E. (Pandolph) Kearns – of Woburn, Monday February 15th. Beloved wife of the late John J. “Kearnsie” Kearns. Devoted mother of John Kearns and his companion Noreen Morgan, Brenda Berry and her late husband Alfred, all of NH, Diane DeLong and her husband James of Woburn, Claire Kehoe of NH, Gail Swymer and her husband Mark, and Linda Kearns, all of Woburn. Dear sister of the late Francis, Angelo, John, Peter, Anthony, Mary, Ann, Rose, Marion and Barbara. Loving nana of Kevin, Shaun, and Bryan Kearns, Kristopher and Nicholas Berry, Jim DeLong, Julie Kalivas, Melissa Gonzalez, Jason, Eric, and Amanda Kehoe, Mark Swymer, and Michael Mazza and great-nana of Brodie,Penelope, Evelyn, Julie, Lukas, Charlee Sophie, Jack and Reid. Cherished sister-in-law of Jan Pandolph, Connie Pandolph, Al McDonald and Sam Miele. Also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to Sophie’s Funeral Mass, Monday, February 22nd at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. The church is limited to 100 people. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects prior to the Funeral Mass from 8:30– 9:45 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor of Sophie’s name to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to a charity of your choice.

Sophie (Pandolph) Kearns, passed away after a brief illness, at her home in Central Square, Monday, February 15th, 2021, with her loving family by her side.  The beloved wife of the late 

John Kearns, she was ninety-three years of age.

Born in Woburn, Sophie was one of eleven children born into the Pandolph family, and the last survivor of all her siblings.  Having grown up in Woburn, Sophie was educated in the public schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1945.

After high school, Sophie secured herself a position at Raytheon, rising to Supervisor, prior to her departure to marry and bring six wonderful children into the world.

Sophie married “her honey” John Kearns, whom she affectionately referred too, and they journeyed together over the next fifty-nine years, hand in hand and heart to heart.  Needless to say, her days were full, tending to the children, all their needs and of course maintaining her happy home with all there was to do!  

After the kids were all in school, Sophie got herself a position at Marshall’s in Bedford which she enjoyed thoroughly!  Being with the shoppers, helping people look and find things and those with whom she worked with, she really enjoyed her time, and had established a nice little group of friends there!

Throughout the years Sophie enjoyed venturing off with the family, in their trailer.  Up and down the New England seacoast, (Sophie loved the ocean), the mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont, Lake George and of course Nova Scotia, where they would always visit the relatives!   Summertime was meant to be spent outdoors, tending to the vegetable garden and providing a lovely landscape around her home.  

Holidays all throughout the years was spent with family, children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers, certainly a time of, the more, the merrier!   Sophie loved to cook and bake and was great at both! But her specialty was Italian food-learning from her mother, and it was out of this world!

Sophie was a very warm and nurturing woman, whose door was always open, coffee was on and something she just baked ready to be eaten, all right there at the kitchen table!  She loved sharing time with her children, and when the grandchildren came along Nana’s time was always available to them and for them! Many, many happy hours, days and years were spent with her grandchildren.  When the great grandchildren came along, well, that just added to all the fun!

Sophie will long be remembered by friends and family for her kind and compassionate ways.  Never, would she say a bad word about anything or anyone, as she always saw their goodness.   A woman of great faith, Sophie addressed each new day with her, prayers, a beautiful smile, and a twinkle in her eye, always sharing a kind word or two with those she met along the way.

Beloved wife of the late John J. “Kearnsie” Kearns. Devoted mother of John Kearns and his companion Noreen Morgan, Brenda Berry and her late husband Alfred, all of NH, Diane DeLong and her husband James of Woburn, Claire Kehoe of NH, Gail Swymer and her husband Mark, and Linda Kearns, all of Woburn. Dear sister of the late Francis, Angelo, John, Peter, Anthony, Mary, Ann, Rose, Marion and Barbara. Loving nana of Kevin, Shaun, and Bryan Kearns, Kristopher and Nicholas Berry, Jim DeLong, Julie Kalivas, Melissa Gonzalez, Jason, Eric, and Amanda Kehoe, Mark Swymer, and Michael Mazza and great-nana of Brodie,Penelope, Evelyn, Julie, Lukas, Charlee Sophie, Jack and Reid. Cherished sister-in-law of Jan Pandolph, Connie Pandolph, Al McDonald and Sam Miele. Also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Sophie’s Funeral Mass, Monday, February 22nd at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. The church is limited to 100 people. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects prior to the Funeral Mass from 8:30– 9:45 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in honor of Sophie’s name to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to a charity of your choice.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to Sophie’s Funeral Mass, Monday, February 22nd at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. The church is limited to 100 people. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects prior to the Funeral Mass from 8:30– 9:45 a.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.

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  1. linda E holcombe

    Heaven gained another angel with Sophie. She had a lovely family and I fondly reminded her of Sophie’s Angels. I will also remember the twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face. Rest peacefully Sophie.

    Carol Belcastro

  2. I was delighted to meet Aunt Sophie when my beloved friend SUSAN BOSWORTH and I came for a visit to Boston together a few years ago. What a radiant, happy, beautiful woman! She was surrounded by her family who dearly loved her and I was honored to meet her. 💗🙏

  3. Memories of Aunt Sophie —
    As Sophie’s second to oldest nephew, I have many fond memories of Sophie’s visits to our family in New York, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. There was always much laughter and joy when Sophie visited us. She and my mother cooked and reminisced together about the events from the past of the Pandolph family on Center Street. Sophie loved to travel and see new places. We just recently saw a picture of her visiting Polar Caves in New Hampshire with my family. This and other pictures brought back many fond memories of laughing and joking with Aunt Sophie. Gail and I will miss the fun-filled visits to Sophie’s house to visit her and her family and share a dinner together. Our sincere condolences to all of my Kearns cousins, their children, and grandchildren.

  4. Joann (Pandolph) Coleman

    My great Aunt Sophie ❤. You were always there for me when Mary would bring me over. Letting me be a kid, giving me homemade cookies and milk. I will always cherish you ♥. Love you

  5. Nana Sophie will always hold a special place in my heart. She was such an inspiration and I am lucky to have had many amazing conversations with her over tea. A bit of butter on the spout prevents the milk from dripping.

  6. I feel very fortunate to have known Sophie. She was a strong and generous person with an amazing attitude. Her cooking was delicious and we loved when she came to visit us in Port Hood. She was a wonderful friend to mom which meant so much.
    Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you.
    Fiona, Shawn, Nate and Abby

  7. Pamela MacDonald

    Sophie was one of those people you could never forget – open hearted, generous and fun! Our thoughts are with you all as you mourn the loss and celebrate the life of this incredible woman.
    We will always love and remember Sophie!
    Bobbie, Jim
    Pamela and Jonathan

  8. Dear Diane and family,

    I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. Your mother was the sweetest lady, always joyous with a smile that lit up any space she was in. She will be missed by so many people who were fortunate to know her. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. May she Rest in Peace and may all your beautiful memories help during this most difficult of times.

    Warmly,

    Donna Silva (Fitchett)

  9. Dear Family of Sophie,
    She was a wonderful neighbor to have for so many years on Brown place. My mother and father visited the Kearns family often through the years and Sophie was the brightest light of the neighborhood. She would always send us food she baked at every chance of any occasion. We loved Sophie and her family very much and we will miss her dearly. My thoughts go out to her family and please find joy to the memories you will always have.
    All my love and sympathy,
    Charlie Voner and the friends at 11 Brown Place

  10. Sophie was such a sweet person and always full of joy. When I think of her the first word that comes to mind is Joy. May memories of her bring that joy to your hearts in the difficult days to come.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie

  11. Just saw this beautiful face and it brought back so many loving memories. I was just a kid when I worked at Marshall’s with the girls and Sophie. She sure loved her family and was so joyful to be around. I am so sorry for your loss. Her smile… So sweet.

  12. What a loving and caring woman, I will never forget her, and I hope she is hanging out with Doris Voner up there, laughing at us peons down here! She always put a smile on my face, because I felt her joy immediately.

  13. Dear Diane and family,
    We are so sad to hear of the passing of “Great Nana”. She was such a great woman and one of a kind. We were privileged to have known her. Her smile lite up the room. We will miss her very much. She is truly a special angel in Heaven. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this hard time. May her memory be eternal.

    With much love and sympathy,
    Cathy and Charlie Kalivas

  14. The Harding Family is so sorry for your lose. Mrs. Kearns as we called her was
    such a wonderful neighbor and friend. God Bless.

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