OBIT: Annie L. Sofka
|Annie L. Sofka|
ANNIE L. SOFKA, 93, passed away September 26, 2006, one week after suffering a stroke. She was a resident of Spring Shadow Pines for the last three years.
The second oldest of nine children, Annie was born on a farm outside Shiner, Texas on August 22, 1913 where she grew up in her Czech family heritage and married Otto Sofka (deceased, 1975) in 1936. In 1950, Otto and Annie opened Otto's Barbeque and Hamburgers on Memorial Drive, starting a tradition of good eating for Houston families, business people, and celebrities that continues today.
Annie never knew a stranger, developing personal skills leading to her success as a partner in their family business. She had been a long-time member of the American Business Women Association and was one of several women receiving special recognition. She also received the City of Houston Mayor's Award (Miss Annie Sofka Day) during Mayor McConn's tenure. For two years, she served as an officer for the Harris County Grand Jury Association. She was a founding member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church. Known for her generosity, Annie made hundreds of contributions to numerous charities and individuals during her lifetime.
Her surviving family who will miss her dearly, include children, Paul Sofka, Marcus Sofka, and Rosalie Bannert; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for family and friends will be held 6-9 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2006 at J. B. Earthman-Tanglewood(San Felipe @ Bering). Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 6622 Haskell St., Houston 77007, following with burial at Forest Park Cemetery-Lawndale.
Donations can be made in her honor to St. Theresa's Catholic Church, School Fund.
Published in the Houston Chronicle from 9/27/2006 - 9/28/2006.