Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sofie Wonderly Hosford May 21, 1970-March 21, 2012

Most folks know that Sofie left this earthly existence yesterday just before 5:00 p.m. The last twenty-four hours were tough and this experience is hard to handle. The girls and I greatly appreciate all of the kind thoughts, prayers, and tears shed for our loss. We will need all of your help during the next few weeks and months.
Today, my sister Amy arrived from Boston, having left at basically a moments notice to come here. She is awesome and we couldn't get through this stage of our grief without her. We are having a memorial service for Sofie on Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. at Port City Community Church. We're planning for a reception to follow. I will post more details as plans converge.
I miss Sofie so much that I physically hurt. I know that she is in a better place and her suffering has ended. Yesterday, there was a great celebration in Heaven. At this moment, with that knowledge and with the love of everyone who has kept us in thoughts and prayers, we will get through today.


  1. We love you guys and will help in any way needed. I'm so sorry Geoff :( what a sad loss, but she's no longer in any pain and I know, if anything, that makes it a little easier. I don't work Thursday's or Friday's so let me know if I can do anything.

  2. Can't express the sorrow I feel for you and your girls, I enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know Sofie through the Pink Posse group. May she be blessed with many sunny "Bald Head" days in heaven....

    Gina Rountree McKim

  3. It has been many years since the Fayetteville PD's office days. I had forgotten Sofie's maiden name, but recall now that when she joined our office shortly before I left, how much I loved her name and how perfectly named she was! She had a special sparkle and it was very clear that you saw it immediately. My heart is heavy for you and your beautiful girls, and for Sofie. My prayers are with you all.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss Geoff. Love to you and your family.

    Barbara Narey Lussier

  5. Geoff, I taught your girls dance at SEDA two years and was always impressed with their manners, independence, maturity, and kindness. You and Sofie raised incredible kids. Sofie is such an inspiration to me, and I am so glad I knew her for a short time. Prayers to your family as you begin this next chapter of your life. Please keep her blog going because so many praying for you want to know how you and the girls are doing. Lots of prayer and hugs from wake forest, NC.

  6. Geoff,
    There are no words that could justify how truly sorry I am. I feel very thankful and honored that not only did I get to meet but I also had a chance to get to know Sofie. You and the girls will continue to be in my thoughts. ~ Summer Chestnutt

  7. Dear Geoff and girls,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sofie was a wonderful person. I hadn't talked to her in a while, but checked her blog weekly to see the updates. She was in my prayers every night and I enjoyed looking at the pictures of your family.

    I remember Sofie as this adorable, curious girl. When she and her parents would come to visit our grandmother I would spend lots of time with Sofie. She was fun and had great spirit. I was always a little jealous of her because she didn't have to grow up in Hicksville. I don't know if you were ever there, but it's not much of anything! I always loved when Bob, Venice and Sofie came to visit. Bob was my favorite uncle. He was a lot like my own dad. Please know you and the girls will continue to be in my prayers. I hope Sofie is with her dad now as well as my dad and our grandma. If she is, she is free of pain and in good company.

    Diane Wonderly Rosen

  8. Geoff and girls,
    I have been following Sofie's blog for years and yet now don't know what to say that can do her life, and your feelings, justice. Just know that we (my family and all your old PD friends) are thinking of you and your family and hoping that you are able to find peace and carry on. Though I'm not in Wilmington, please feel free to call on me for anything you think I can help with - business or otherwise, and I'll happily jump in the car to do it. Take care and know that you are in our thoughts.

  9. Geoff and Girls;
    Each of us is special in God's Eyes. With your family, is also very True! Value each day together and give lots of hugs. Lean on His Holy Name, and you will find a peace and understanding through this season of loss and grief.
    Love you guys.