OBITUARY

Anna "Sophie" Sophia Del Fabro

March 1, 1985November 14, 2021

Our beloved Anna Sophia (Sophie) Del Fabro passed away suddenly on November 14, 2021 at her home in Lenexa, KS at the age of 36.

Sophia was special from day one. Born prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing well under two pounds, her strong life spirit and overall health allowed her to survive and thrive as an infant and onwards. Sophia spent most of her life devoted to learning and developed into an amazing physician with skills in her specialty of Spinal Cord Injury within the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the softer skills learned through her undergraduate education in Social Work. She was perfectly suited to her career path. She adored the three greyhounds she adopted during her lifetime and deeply loved her wonderful husband, Chuck.

Sophia graduated high school in 2003 from the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne. She was accepted into Bryn Mawr College as a freshman but after one year decided to move closer to home and transferred to St. Mary’s College in South Bend, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Math. She went on to the Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend and Indianapolis and graduated in May 2011. Her residency was done at Case Western University in Cleveland in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), followed by a year’s fellowship in the specialty area of Spinal Cord Injury. She found time to participate in the local Greyhound Adoption Center in Cleveland, was an exceptional pianist, a sports enthusiast, an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and her favorite thing was being home with her husband and dogs.

Sophie’s career spanned a year in Cleveland with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, followed by three years at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and she had just begun her new position with the Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) as Director of Spinal Cord Injury within the department of PM&R this past April. She was thrilled with her new position, enjoyed her co-workers and patients, and foresaw a life-long career with KUMC.

Sophia never boasted of her accomplishments, of which there were many. Upon her graduation from IU Medical School in 2011, she received the Indiana Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award. At Case Western, she was awarded the Asikin Mentari Resident Scholarship Award in 2013 and went on to be Co-Chief Resident for the 2014-15 year. As a Fellow at Case Western, she was awarded the Craig H. Neilsen Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Scholarship. Sophia was a Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Senior Associate Consultant and Member of the Academy of Educational Excellence at The Mayo Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at KUMC. She served as a reviewer for the Journal of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and had a long list of credits for published writings and educational curriculum and course development.

Our entire family is suffering the loss of her beautiful face and nature, delicate yet indomitable spirit, and sensitive, gentle manner. We mourn the life she will no longer have the opportunity to live and the inability to fulfill all of her dreams.

Sophia is survived by her husband, Charles (Chuck) Skluzacek in Lenexa, KS; Father, Kim Del Fabro (KD) (sp: Linda) in Carmel, IN; Mother, Mary (Macey) Fink (sp: David) in Butler, IN; Grandmother, Patricia Del Fabro in Bradenton, FL; Stepsister, Brenda Fernandes in McCordsville, IN; Stepbrother, Brandon Leum (sp: Sheri) in Carmel, IN; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sophia was predeceased by her dear grandmother, Anna Sofia Macey, who helped to raise her; grandfather, Charles Macey; grandfather Louis Del Fabro; and Stepbrother, Brent Leum.

To leave condolences, please visit www.mcgilley-frye.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Sophia Del Fabro, M.D. Resident Education and Research Fund at www.kuendowment.org/DelFabro.

Alternatives include: The National Greyhound Adoption Program, or The Trevor Project

A Celebration of Life in Sophia’s honor will be held at The Columbia Club in Indianapolis on February 20, 2022.

  • FAMILY

  • Kim (KD) Del Fabro (Linda), Father
  • Mary (Macey) Fink (David), Mother
  • Charles (Chuck) Skluzacek, Husband
  • Patricia Del Fabro, Paternal Grandmother
  • Louis Del Fabro, Paternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • Anna Sofia Macey, Maternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • Charles Macey, Maternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • Brenda Fernandes, Step-sister
  • Brandon Leum (Sheri), Step-brother
  • Brent Leum, Step-brother (deceased)
  • Sophia is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services

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Richard Poinsatte

November 22, 2021

I offer my condolences and prayers for Sophie, Mary, David and the entire family. May dear Sophie rest in peace.

Florence Gaylord

November 22, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories of my treasured times with Sophia! I was blessed to know her most of her life. She had a wonderful sense of humor - very dry like mine! My husband and I were fortunate to attend her high school graduation and college graduation. Sophia really enjoyed Monty Python. We would both get together and quote word for word the various skits that we knew and would just laugh and laugh! My husband and I had the pleasure of taking her to the play "Spamalot" when it came through Indianapolis. What a joy to watch her as she watched the play. I specifically remember one of her birthdays that was celebrated in Mary's home. We made a birthday cake and then just decided to forgo the plates and forks and pick up pieces of birthday cake with our hands and eat it that way! Many many laughs! I will miss you, Sophia and our long talks on the phone. You have made an impression on my heart that will be there forever......because I knew you......I have been changed for good.

brad white

November 20, 2021

I was a new patient of Dr. "D"s and upon our 1st appointment she made my wife and I feel very comfortable. She listened enthusiastically, asked questions about my spinal cord injury and made us feel extremely comfortable. She never seemed rushed and we loved that she had pink hair. Even though I only had one appt. with her, I am going to miss her professional opinion and wealth of knowledge about spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord community has lost one of the greatest advocates ever.

Sherry Osbeck

November 19, 2021

As a friend of Linda Halleran's, I want to send my condolences to Sophie's loved ones. She was an exceptional person. Sherry O.

Jen Hougendobler

November 19, 2021

Dear Mary and David,
The news of Sophie's sudden passing was absolutely devastating. It went through my heart like a knife.
Sophie had the capacity to love so deeply and generously.
I remember that she thoughtfully gave Will many of the toys she had outgrown. He cherished each one and adored her.
Her heart was so open to love all of the crazy people and pets in our family.
She was so brilliant, funny and vulnerable.
I always felt certain that both she and Dan would grow up to do great things, and they did. When Dan graduated with so many honors, I had to thank Sophie for the many "library dates" she orchestrated for them.
The stories of so many family birthdays, Christmases, football games and vacations will always prominently feature Sophie in my memory. For five years I thought of her as nothing less than my daughter. I always told her that she had the most beautiful name in the world and the easiest birthday to remember.
We stayed in touch over the years and she was so excited at the prospect of starting a family when I spoke with her over the summer.
My heart is breaking for you both.

Steve Smith

November 19, 2021

Oh Mary, I am so deeply sadden to learn of the loss of your beloved daughter Sophie. Words can not express how badly Anne and I feel for you and your family. Parents should never need to bury their child, it is so contrary to the natural order, it's just not right or fair.

In my past I worked with neurosurgeons, neurologists and physiatrists all of which were treating patients with spinal cord issues. How wonderful for Dr. Sophie's patients to have as their physician one who had a social work background to help with emotion and psyche of their situation as well as the curative science employed.

She will be missed on so many fronts.

Steve

Donna 5 Pink

November 18, 2021

Tho i never met her in person and only got to know her through Facebook posts, i wanted to say how sorry i am. Her posts and pictures showed her joy, her sense of humor and her love. Love for Chuck and their pets.
Her life was too brief but her love will live forever in your hearts and memories

Rana R

November 18, 2021

Sophia's radiant light and open heart are a beautiful blessing to all who know her. Sending love to their husband, parents, and sweet Greyhounds Lily & Raven as they grieve this terrible loss.

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