D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Sophie Gudlewski

December 6, 1924August 11, 2019

Sophie Gudlewski, 94, of East Hartford, wife of the late Joseph Gudlewski, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 11, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in the Thompsonville section of Enfield on December 6, 1924, a daughter of the late Ignat and Jozefa (Socha) Arabek. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Travelers Insurance Company as a Secretary. Sophie and her husband raised their family in East Hartford and they were devoted communicants of Our Lady of Peace for many years. In her free time, you could find her routing for her favorite teams, the Boston Red Sox and UConn Huskies.

Sophie lived a full and happy life which was complete when she was surrounded by her devoted family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt who will forever be remembered by her children, Joseph Gudlewski and his wife Jean of Manchester, Carol Guzzardi and her husband Paul, and Richard Gudlewski, both of East Hartford; eight grandchildren, Kristen, Kerry, Meaghan, Allyson, Nicholas, Joseph, Nicole and Patrick; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and a nephew. Sophie was also predeceased by all of her siblings, Mary Krepico, Anne LeGrand, John and Edward Arabek. The family is grateful to the staff at Brookdale South Windsor and Vernon Manor for their caring and loving support of Sophie, and a special thanks to her APRN, Bethany.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (August 17th) at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Church, 370 May Road, East Hartford. Please go directly to church. Burial will be privately held at a later date. Relatives and friends may call on Friday (August 16th) from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sophie’s name may be made to the Recreation Department of the Vernon Manor Healthcare Center, 180 Regan Road, Vernon, CT 06066. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • Public Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 17, 2019


Sophie Gudlewski

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Cathy (Burinskas) Bryant

August 15, 2019

I remember growing up , how your mother and mine would call each other “Raquel and Gina”. They always had a lot of laughs together.

We are very sorry for you and your family’s loss. I wish we could express this in person , but we have moved south. Our sincerest condolences .

Cathy (Burinskas) & Alan Bryant

Denise Beaudoin-Brown

August 14, 2019

I’m going to miss your mom so very much. Over the past year as my mom’s roommate we became family. She and mom went everywhere together, Bingo, dining room, hairdresser and the list is endless. Their shared room became party central at Vernon Manor. Between the two of them you were assured of a smile, a hug or a laugh. She’d tell me that I fit so nicely in her arms, cheek to cheek.
Sophie was such a force of nature. I admired her strength to overcome obstacles.
My life has been changed knowing her and now I feel the void in her absence. Her hugs were warm as was her smile.
Go Red Sox! Go Huskies! Go Everyone Loves Raymond!
I’m so sorry for your loss.

charles cormier

August 14, 2019

Hi. I just want to express to Sophie's family my sincere sympathy in your time of sorrow. I didn't know Sophie for very long or very well. But I enjoyed stopping and chatting with her from time to time. She always had a smile and conversation. I also enjoyed meeting Sophie's family. God Bless You All. May She Rest in Peace. Charlie

Randy Bergeron

August 14, 2019

I love you auntie sue. Give my mom and grandma a big hug for me.