Funeral services for Sophie Leona Nohl will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the Apostolic Christian Church, rural Morris. The Apostolic Christian Ministers will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Sophie Leona Banwart, daughter of Charles and Bertha (Widmer) Banwart, was born October 16, 1916 in Lamar, Missouri. When Sophie was three years old, her mother passed away from burns sustained in a gas iron explosion and seven months later, her father passed away. Sophie then moved to Morris to live with her aunt and uncle, Sadie and John Metzger. She attended school in Morris and Hancock. They later moved to Elgin, Illinois, where she did housework and later worked at the Elgin Watch Factory. On November 8, 1938, she was united in marriage to Lawrence William Nohl in Dubuque, Iowa. Following their marriage, the couple lived and farmed in the Hancock area, where they also raised their family. In 1949, Sophie was baptized into the Apostolic Christian Church of Morris. In March of 1975, they retired from farming and moved into Hancock. Lawrence died on October 25, 1988. Since that time, Sophie has continued to live at her home in Hancock with her daughters, Ruth and Lynda.
Sophie was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Morris. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, gardening and fishing. Sophie especially enjoyed the special times she was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. More than anything else, her love for God was first in her life.
Sophie died on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Courage Cottage in Morris, Minnesota, having lived to reach the age of 92 years.
She is survived by three children: Ruth Nohl of Hancock, Kenneth (Jackie) Nohl of Hancock and Lynda Nohl of Hancock; one daughter-in-law: Bonnie Nohl of Morris; seven grandchildren: Doug (Amber) Nohl, Sheila (Greg) Reuter, Todd (Jamie) Nohl, Kristi Nohl, Brian (Kayla) Nohl, Tonya (Bryan) Weiss and Karla (Lorne) Nadgwick; eight great-grandchildren: Ted Nohl, Staci Nohl, Jerry Nohl Jr. Crystal Nohl, Lewis Nohl, Archie Nohl, Allison Nohl and Emerson Reuter and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son: Larry Nohl; one grandson: Jerry Nohl; her parents; eleven brothers: Daniel, Benjamin, Fred, Emil, Levi, Joseph, Elias, Solomen, Oscar, Elmer and Charles Banwart and four sisters: Sarah Braker, Elizabeth Marty, Louise Hartman and Esther Schaefer.
Pallbearers for the service are: Doug Nohl, Brian Nohl, Todd Nohl, Ted Nohl, Bryan Weiss, Greg Reuter and Lorne Nadgwick. The Apostolic Christian Church Choir will provide special music for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.