Flondra, Sophia Judy

December 5. 1926 – March 1, 2017
at the age of 90 years

A celebration of her life will be held at Fischer’s Funeral Services, 4060 1st Ave SW @ TC Hwy in Salmon Arm on Friday March 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm. 

On March 1, 2017 we lost the last of our matriarchs, known to many as “Sophia Loren”.  She was the youngest of 13 children born to Nicolas and Cecile Chmelyk. Born in Vilna, Alberta on December 5, 1926, Sophia was raised in an environment without cell phones, electricity, or running water – a place where entertainment was playing guitar, banjo or violin, singing, and playing cards, creating strong bonds with siblings and extended family members.  Sophia was raised working hard, and it was these strengths that she passed on to her children in half of their DNA.  The other, equally strong half came from George Flondra who she married on March 26, 1943; together, they had four children.  Unfortunately their first son (Stanley) died when he was four, but they were blessed with twins Diana and David on May 12, 1946 and later another daughter Elaine on December 14, 1951. Sophia’s life centred around her children, of whom she was extremely proud, and she was rewarded with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  We were lucky to celebrate her 90th birthday in December, and now we all feel a big hole in our hearts. 


  1. Our deepest condolences Elaine, Diana, David and to each of your families. May fond memories help heal your sorrows. Sincerely Ernie and Wynne

  2. Thinking of you and your family today Elaine as you say Good Bye to your beloved Mom and Grandmother. We remember your parents from the hockey games when our boys played. Did they ever miss a game to cheer and support the team? I don’t think so! Ewen and Dorothy McIntosh Nicole and Ben

  3. Elaine and family….so sorry to hear of Sophia’s passing. She was a lovely lady and I always enjoyed our visits whenever we met. Take care. Shirley-Ann and Burt

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