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Sophie Victoria Bickman

Sophie Victoria Bickman, age 83, of Lester Prairie died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

She was born May 13, 1922 in Winsted Township, the daughter of Peter and Veronica Novakowski Jagodzinski.

Sophie and Felix H. Bickman were joined in holy marriage April 29, 1944 at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with three children.

The couple engaged in dairy farming near Lester Prairie for many years.

Sophie enjoyed gardening and canning pickles, and was an excellent cook.

She formerly sold Avon products.

Sophie was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Prior to her marriage, she belonged to St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. She was a member of St. Anne’s Society and Holy Trinity’s C.C.W.

Sophie is survived by her loving husband, Felix H. Bickman of Lester Prairie; children, Veronica (John) Valen and Michael (Robin) Bickman, all of Lester Prairie, and Frank Bickman; grandchildren: Eric (Rhonda) Valen, Lisa (Jeff) Bayerl, Melissa Bickman and fiancé Craig Maslonkowski, and Samantha Bickman; and three great-grandchildren: Aaron Valen, Tristan Arioso, and Allizaya Maslonkowski.

She is further survived by sisters Irene Kopka and Veronica (Ken) Schlagel, all of Minneapolis, and Marie Anderson of Dassel; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Marian Jagodzinski of Minnetonka, Shirley ( Clyde) Ostrander of Elk River, Charles Novak of Glencoe, and Charlotte Hance of Linden, N.J.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Benjamin Bickman; her parents; two brothers; and by two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul L. Wolf was the celebrant, and interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Friends called Monday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A St. Anne’s Society rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m., and a parish prayer service took place at 7:30 p.m.

Casket bearers were Don Bickman, Jeff Bayerl, Lisa Bayerl, Samantha Bickman, Michelle Ernhart, Craig Maslonkowski, and Melissa Bickman.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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