Sophia S. Brown

Sophia Stephania Opiekun Brown, 93, a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, died peacefully surrounded by her family after a very brief illness on Wednesday September 11, 2019. Sophia, who was known to all as “Sue,” worked at the Biltmore Hotel as a banquet waitress for many years.

Sue was married for 41 years to the late Edwin G. Brown. She was born on January 11, 1926 in Providence. Both of Sue’s parents were originally from Poland—the late John Opiekun and his wife, Wanda Radiszewszka Opiekun.

Sue leaves behind her children, Kathleen Cinq-Mars and her husband, Leonard, of Rehoboth, MA, Sheila Nathanson and her husband, Dr. Michael Nathanson of Pittsburgh, PA, Kenneth Brown and his wife, Jeanne of Cranston, RI, Beverly Brown and her partner, Kenneth Edge of Foster, RI, and Susan Judith LaCascio and her husband, Kevin of Warwick, RI. She was also the mother of the late John Brown.

She had seven grandchildren: Amy, Kenneth, Jacob, Matthew, Danielle, Evan, and Ben and three great grandchildren: Daniel, Molly and Olivia. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Sue lived her life as a devout Catholic, who attended Mass daily. Sue loved cooking, gardening and being surrounded by her family, especially the little ones.

She touched so many lives with her kindness and generosity, with never a harsh word to anyone. She never complained or expected any thanks. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

A Celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday September 17th, beginning at 8:45am from The Butterfield Chapel, 500 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul's Church Cranston, at 10:00am. Burial will be in the Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery, Exeter.

Yatcha Kohum, Mom.

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john and jennie pryor - 09/14/2019

our prayers are with you ,bless you sue.

Dr. Edward Caputo - 09/16/2019

Im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

clarrise Lazos - 09/16/2019

My deepest sympathy, you will always be remembered. May you continue to shine upon us all.

Marcy Rose - 09/16/2019

I will always be grateful to Sue (Matt and Evan’s Grandma to me) for the time and love she shared with my Son, Max! Max and Matt met in Grade K and are friends to this day. Not having any Grandparents close by Sue was Max’s most constant interaction with A Grandparent figure in his elementary school days. From hot chocolate to root beer floats and a little sweet treats where lunch should have been - her desire to thrill them never tired. Her numerous adventures after school with the three boys often amazed me. The most memorable, but by no means limited to, were the trips to nursing homes to get the “autographs” of some of our Veterans for the boys who were obsessed with most things military. In doing so she not only thrilled the boys but I am certain those outings thrilled those Vets as well! I had the chance to thank her for these things and so much more but I wanted to share with her family how that love of the little ones extended throughout the community she lived in and her Grandsons lucky friend, Max!
Rest In Peace
With love and gratitude

Mary Penedo - 09/19/2019

Ken, Jeanne and family:
George and I were saddened to hear of Sue's passing. We have so many fond memories of your Mom. She was beautiful inside and out. It was always a great treat when Sue would stop over with a tray of chocolate chip cookies or coffee cake. Please know that you're in our thoughts.
Mary and George Penedo

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