Edna “Soph” Wood, age 85 of Cambridge and formerly of Isanti, died March 10, 2012 at GracePointe Commons. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 14th at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti with Pastor Ryan O’Leary officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Edna Marie Wood was born December 14, 1926 in Granville, New York to William and Edna (Ely) Wright. She grew up in Granville and graduated from Granville high school in 1945. On March 2, 1947 she married Donald Wood in Cambridge, New York. They moved several times as Donald’s position in the US Army required relocating. In 1959 Donald was transferred to the 68th Missile Battalion near Isanti. They built the Swirly Top in Isanti in 1962 and later changed it to the Burger Top. Soph devoted herself to running the restaurant until they retired in 1980. She was also a devoted mother, providing everything her children needed and supporting them with her presence at their many activities. She was an active member at Elim Baptist Church and served faithfully in the kitchen and nursery. Soph was a very creative person and she enjoyed knitting, sewing, making dolls, reading and going on morning walks with her friends. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
Edna Soph Wood passed away March 10, 2012 at GracePointe Commons at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 25 days. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1981; son, Donald K. Wood; and daughter-in-law, Denise Wood.
Soph is survived by three sons; Larry of Cambridge, Dana (Janet) of Lindstrom, Rick (Denise) of Maple Grove; three brothers, Bill, Grant and Dewey; three sisters, Elsie, Audie and Tat and their families; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Jennifer, Kristen, Katherine, Kelly, Jessica, Nicole and Tonya; nine great-grandchildren, Brogan, Anka, Keenan, Grant, Noelle, Rhys, Sage, Shane and Aubrionna; and by many other relatives and friends.
Laura Mathison says
Dana,Larry, and Rick,
I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom. She was a sweet person. My parents were friends of your parents so I have fond memories of the Burger Top (the food was always excellent) and visiting at your house. Your mom and dad always made us feel welcome and I enjoyed playing with your basset hound Pebs. I moved away from Isanti, but when I’d see Sophie, she’s always give me a hug and we’d visit. She will be missed!! When My dad passed away she was a great comfort to my mom. May God be an even greater comfort to you and your families now and in the days ahead.
Laura (Schroeder) Mathison
Paulette (Carlson) Gehrke says
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing and my heart goes out to all of you.
Sophie was my first employer and she taught me more than she would ever know. She always said, “There’s no reason for anyone to be just sitting around getting paid for doing nothing – there’s always something that needs tending to in this place!’ Thanks to her, to this day I can’t sit down to enjoy a TV program without having to be doing something else at the same time. I must say that I’ve got the most organized/cleanest drawers in town because of her! *grin*
I paid Sophie a visit with Christmas cookies in hand one year and at that time, I had a hairdo that kinda stuck up all over. I walked through her door and the first thing she said was, “What’d you do, lose your comb?” We both had to laugh over that one, and I’m pretty sure that she was pretty close to choking when I informed her that I had actually PAID someone to make it look that way too! When I went to leave that day, Sophie just had to get the last word in and added, “Well I hope that Santa brings you a comb this year!”
I treasure all of the memories that I have when I think of Soph – many of which are hysterically funny! May she rest in peace and may God bless you all.
Brenda (Johnson) Opheim says
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother! I remember the “Burger Top” as well and Denise (Rick’s wife) working there! Your Mother was always very welcoming and there were a few times I had to wait at the Burger Top for a ride home! She always gave me something to drink or an ice cream cone while I waited! She was always gracious! I thank her for the fond memories!
Louise Duff says
My condolences to the entire Wood family. I have many fond memories of Don and Sophie coming over to my parents’ house for coffee. There was always good conversation and lots of laughs. The Burger Top was also a place of good food and memories. May you find peace in the memories of a life lived of a wonderful woman.
Louise (Schroeder) Duff