Sonya Garfinkle, 99


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With profound sadness we announce the passing of Sonya (Goldman) Garfinkle on Nov. 27. She left us while sleeping peacefully at her home in Wingate Residences of Providence. She was a loving and remarkable mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched.

Sonya was born Nov 7, 1922, in Ottawa, Canada.

In 1983, she lost her husband, William (Wicky) Garfinkle after more than 30 years of marriage. Upon retiring as the controller for General Fabrics Company in Pawtucket, she moved to Florida to begin again, living a rich life filled with new friends and experiences.

She was the beloved mother of Rose Garfinkle of Asheville, North Carolina, Arthur Levin (Debra) of Pawtucket, and David Levin (Denise) of Rye Beach, New Hampshire. She had a special connection with granddaughter Bethany Levin whose true relationship was more like that of a daughter, and who provided daily contact and support. Sonya was a proud grandmother to Tess, Adam, Liza, Robbin and Eric, and great-grandmother to Samantha, Jessica, Jared, Jordan, Riley, Micah and Alexander.

Sonya was funny and feisty, generous and thoughtful, smart and sharp, with a huge and loving heart. She adored her family and friends and people just gravitated to her. She loved mahjong, old movies, traveling, and talking with her dear friends, Bobbi and Rosalie, every single morning just to check in. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Donations be made in Sonya’s memory can be made to the Democratic National Committee, The Humane Society of the United States, or a charity of your choice.