Sofia Garbe

February 4, 2004September 3, 2020
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To our beautiful Sofia:

Your crazy wild hair. Your beautiful eyes. Your freckles that covered your face like sprinkles. Your contagious laugh. Your humor. Your pure heart. Your kind words. These are just a small taste of the many ways we will remember you.

You have left an enormous hole in all of our hearts. Sofia will forever be the core of so many memories, so many laughs, and so many jokes. If you were blessed to have known her, you would know that our sweet girl radiated nothing but warmth, kindness, and sincerity. She was warm like hot laundry just out of the dryer. She was down to earth just as you would expect a soulful, gypsy, wild child to be. She lived to the beat of her own drum.

Sofia lived sixteen wonderful years on this Earth— of course way too short, and we are devastated—but who was Sofia and how would she want us to feel?

Sofia is the color yellow, the color blue, the color purple, a dash of pink, and a sprinkle of red. She is lightning in a bottle, but as soft as cashmere, and as gentle as a calm wave. She is fire and she is rain. She is a world traveler. She is no shoes. She is no hairbrush. She is T-shirt and baggy sweatpants. She left you guessing on how late into the afternoon she would brush her teeth. She is summer and winter rolled into one. She is pizza in bed with no plate or napkins. She will continue to be these things to us.

She loved the ocean and the outdoors. She loved watching Criminal Minds, UFO documentaries, conspiracy theories, and Glee with subtitles and the volume blasting. She only drank Diet Coke and hated condiments, so no ketchup for her chicky nuggies. She burned sage and loved her essential oils. She journaled, poured her heart onto page after page, read countless books all while staying in the same sweatshirt — and sometimes sweatpants— that she had been in for at least 3 days. Her McDonalds order was a Diet Coke, ten piece nugget, fries, and a McChicken. She kept food in her pockets in case she got hungry. On any given day, you could find loose fries, a fried chicken wing or drumstick, and/or a ramen noodle packet in her pockets. She lived so freely and was unapologetically herself.

Sofia let herself feel every emotion. She journaled, and she sang, and she read, and she danced, and she journaled some more. For our family, we know that she would let us be sad, we know that she would let us cry on her if she was still here. She would encourage us to feel our brokenness. But she would also tell us to move. She would understand that we may not be able to fly or jump or run right now, but Sofia would want us to take a baby step, a crawl, a limp forward when we are ready. Sofia will forever be our stubborn fighter, and we will honor that part of her.

Sofia was sixteen in physical years, but emotionally and mentally pushing at least sixty years. Because of this factor, you will find that she was her friends’ therapist, our family’s rock when we needed someone to talk to or listen without judgement, and always offered such amazing wise advice that would make anyone second guess her age. We have no doubt that she is the greatest gift our family will ever have and we are beyond appreciative for our sixteen years with her. She was here long enough to touch us in so many beautiful ways and her spirit, her voice, and the sound of her laughter will never disappear.

Sofia was able to see the beauty in everyone, no matter what. She chose to look beyond people’s imperfections and scars. Her grace and unconditional love for the world is something we all can learn from. It’s quite humbling to acknowledge that a sixteen year old lived with more compassion, fire, and soul than most adults will ever have.

On earth, Sofia was a daughter, a baby sister, a friend, a granddaughter, a cousin, a niece, a student, a writer, a singer, and a fast-food enthusiast. In spirit, Sofia is the air we breathe, the ocean we swim in, the breeze in the trees, the sunlight during golden hour, the moonlight at night, in the songs the birds sing, and in our hearts.

We love you Sofia. Our sweet angel, we have no doubt that you will soar the way you soared on Earth.

With hugs, kisses, and so much love,

Dad, Mom, Nick, Abilene, Caelyn, Mojo, Kona, Sibby, Kitty, and Mushy (The People’s Champion)

[Sofia Garbe, age 16, of Lindenhurst, New York passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Sofia was born February 4, 2004 in Concord, MA to Melanie Garbe and Kevin Garbe.

Sofia is survived by father Kevin Garbe and mother Melanie Garbe; brother Nick Garbe, sister Evelis Garbe and sister Caelyn Garbe; grandmother Eileen Garbe and grandmother Deborah Fontana.

Sofia was preceded in death by grandfather Richard Garbe, and grandfather Joseph Fontana.

Friends and family may visit at the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home, 448 West Main St. Babylon Villager, NY on Monday and Tuesday 2:00pm to 4:30pm and 7:00pm to 9:30pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 9:45am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, Lindenhurst, NY. Cremation for Sofia will be private.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Garbe family.]


  • Kevin Garbe, Father
  • Melanie Garbe, Mother
  • Nick Garbe, Brother
  • Evelis Garbe, Sister
  • Caelyn Garbe, Sister
  • Eileen Garbe, Grandmother
  • Richard Garbe, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Deborah Fontana, Grandmother
  • Joseph Fontana, Grandfather (deceased)

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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 7, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020


  • Cremation Private


Sofia Garbe

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Jacquelyn Herig

September 14, 2020

Our hearts are broken. Your wild spirit left an imprint on our souls. You are a true gift and we thank your family for sharing you with us. We love you all.

Margaret Steinman

September 10, 2020

Dear Sofia,
How blessed we are, to have known someone that makes saying goodbye so hard. You will forever be my favorite, for you are magical made up of all the best of your family. We will forever love you and your family,
love ~
Rich, Peggy, Timmy, Ama, Meggie Steins and Keith

Kathleen Flynn

September 10, 2020

One of our favorite memories is the way Jimmy said your name when he was little. Anytime he knew you would be around, there was pure, unadulterated joy in his little voice as he clapped and yelled "SOFIA! SOFIA IS COMING!" As they years passed, I have loved developing my own relationship with you. I am grateful for the plays we saw together, the meals we shared, and for all of the times you made me laugh. My children idolized you. And with good reason. You showed them, and all of us, what it means to live your truth. You walked inside your own story, and refused to allow anyone or anything to make you hustle for your worthiness. I will miss your beautiful face and I will miss all of the things we didn't get to do. And then I will take a deep breath, and I will honor you. In the way that I live, in the way that I mother, in the way that I love, I will honor you. I love you always. ~Aunt Kat

Eileen Garbe

September 10, 2020

I feel so blessed to have spent some quality time with Sofia in the past few weeks. We talked and shared a lot. I was able to tell her how much I loved her and how proud I was of all she accomplished. I will miss her “Hey, Grandma! You home? Could you give me a ride to .....” texts. The many fast food stops on the way to somewhere. I will miss her profound kindness to me when Grandpa was sick. I will miss her support both physical and emotional when I had tough jobs to do. I believe and trust with my whole being that Sofia is safe, at peace and happy. Until we are together again, Sofia, this is as close as I can get to taking “pen in hand”. All of me, forever.., Grandma

Ronni Fisher-Santoli

September 9, 2020

Sweet Sofia , it has been my greatest honor to have known you and to have shared so many happy times with you . I will miss you desperately. Your love and friendship with Jamie was legendary. You gave her strength , you gave her love , you gave her laughter , you made us both better people . Our world will be forever changed , we love you xoxoxo Ronni

Elaina Durante

September 9, 2020

Dearest Sofia,

You were the light in this dark world. I’ve not only had the pleasure of knowing you for most of your life but also had the privilege of babysitting & watching you grow up. Whenever we went on vacation together people always thought you were my child & I never batted an eye because even though I wasn’t your parent, I was glad that people would associate me with such a perfect girl like yourself. You were wise beyond your years, selfless, loving & absolutely hysterical. There will never be another soul like you & I consider myself the luckiest girl for having the pleasure of knowing you & loving you endlessly.

Until we meet again♥️
Love Always,


September 8, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss.
Sofia was a beautiful young lady.
Our hearts go out to you & your family.

Melanie Garbe

September 8, 2020

My beautiful angel. I will miss you more than words can ever say. Your voice, your laughter, your brilliance, your wild gypsy soul...our loves are shattered. My heart is completely broken. I don’t know how we could ever pick up the pieces and put ourselves back together again. It is impossible.
You were the very best of us and I can’t wait for the day we are together again.

With all the love I have in my heart and soul,

deborah fontana

September 6, 2020

Our Sofia was like the fireworks that light up the night sky. She started with a bang and then exploded into thousands of beautiful colors that shoot out in every direction until the whole sky is completely lit up before your very eyes.. Your smile becomes wider, and you think to yourself, "Wow, nothing could be more beautiful than that." That is our Sofia, fire and color, and beauty. We will love her forever, miss her forever, and remember her forever. I will always remember Sofia as the one who made us crazy, the one who made us laugh and the one who made you love her no matter what. Sofia, wherever you her always remember that, "MAMMY LOVES YOU BUNCHES!"

Kelly Gleeson

September 4, 2020

Sofia was one of the nicest people I've gotten to meet. She always gave me the biggest hugs when I saw her and she always made me laugh til I was tearing up. I wish she hadn't left so soon because with every person she met, she graced them with her love and care. She will be missed dearly


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