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Sofia Firster

February 25, 1920 — January 23, 2011

Sofia "Sophie" Firster, 90, of Warren died 6:26 PM Sunday Jan. 23, 2011 at Cleveland Metro Health Center from injuries sustained in a fall on Sunday. She was born Feb. 25, 1920 in Warren the daughter of George and Anna (Langa) Barb. A lifetime Warren resident, she attended Warren schools and was a graduate of the Ohio State School of Cosmetology. She was a beautician for 35 years working for Lowe's Beauty Shop in Warren and then operating Firster's Beauty Shop in her home. Sophie was a long time member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church where she belonged to the women's' guild, Morning Light Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, ABWA, and the Niles and Howland SCOPE centers. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking, and playing cards. She also was an avid amateur photographer and most of all loved spending time with her family. Her husband of 67 years Harold Firster whom she married Nov. 2, 1938 preceded her in death Oct. 30, 2005. She also was preceded in death by 4 brothers; Basil, George, John, and Daniel Barb, and by 2 sisters Mary Chako and Fimia "Josephine" Onatz. She will be deeply missed by a daughter Gail Behnke of Poland, OH, a son Dr. Harold O. Firster and wife Irene of Newton Falls, 4 grandchildren Eric Behnke and wife Heidi, Hans Behnke, Jocelyn (Firster) O'Connor and husband Mike, and Harold O. "BJ" Firster Jr. She also leaves 2 great grandchildren Fiona and Juliette O'Connor and a sister Anna Rose Solomon of Florence, KY, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be cremated and there will be a memorial service at a later time. The family suggests material contributions be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church 119 Laird Ave. NE Warren, OH 44483. Roberts-Clark Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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