HOWLAND, Ohio – Michaeline “Mitzi” Anderson, of Howland, Ohio, formerly of Austin, Texas, entered eternal rest on Sunday, October 2, 2016, while at home. She was 77.
Mitzi was born on March 30, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a daughter to Michael & Stella (Stachura) Bogden.
She graduated in 1957 from Rayen School, Youngstown, Ohio, and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. She was honorably discharged from her duties on May 6, 1960. While serving in the Air Force she met and married Donald H. Sokol, Sr.
She and her husband traveled around the world while raising 5 children, Donald, Jr., Dennis, Vickie, Tracy and Tammy until they settled in Austin, Texas in 1978.
Working full time as a Systems Analyst at Texas Instruments, plus raising her family, she pursued her college degree and in 1983, received a BS in Computer Science from St. Edward’s University in Austin. She later worked for TenX Technologies and eventually opened her own business, Tera-Storage Solutions, Inc., Austin. Her work was her passion from which she never retired.
Mitzi was a long time member of Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church, Austin, where she was active as a volunteer and choir member.
In her spare time, she enjoyed bringing people together, especially family during the holidays. Her other passions included cooking, baking, football and the Washington Redskins. Mitzi was a lover of animals as well as cultivating vegetables and herbs in her garden.
She had the opportunity to spend time with her surviving sisters, Grace and Elaine when she moved from Texas to Warren, Ohio in October 2015.
She leaves behind her children, Donald “Buddy” Sokol (Carole), Granbury, Texas, Dennis Sokol (Joanne), Round Rock, Texas, Vickie Sokol Evans, Austin, Texas, Tracy Peden (Kirk), Spicewood, Texas and Tammy Shvartsman (Edward), Cedar Park, Texas; 15 grandchildren, Abigail Cheney, Parker Cheney, Amelia Cheney, Statia Sokol, Grace Sokol, Lauren Sokol, Michael Sokol, Melanie Sokol, Andrew Sokol, Sokol Evans, William Evans, Camryn Peden, Carly Peden, Benjamin Shvartsman and Estelle Shvartsman; her sisters, Grace Jeffco (Gene) and Elaine Palette, both of Vienna, Ohio; her first husband, Donald, Round Rock, Texas; her stepson, Brian Wills, Austin, Texas; her stepdaughter, Sandy Anderson Cheatham, Liberty Hill, Texas; her many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly and her dog Peanut and cat Mittens, who never left her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her second husband, Robert Anderson, whom she married on October 18, 1985, he passed on April 13, 2015; by her sister, Dorothy Byck and by her brothers-in-law, John Byck and Bill Palette.
A time of gathering to honor Mitzi will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Briceland Funeral Service, located on the historic village green at 379 State Route 7, SE, Brookfield, Ohio 44403.
Immediately following, a Mass for her will be held beginning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Maron Parish, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44511.
Memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church, 1320 E. 51st Street, Austin, Texas 78723.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for her family at www.bricelandfuneralservice.com.
A television tribute will air Friday, October 7 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.