Veronica M. Soltys
Veronica M. Soltys, 89, of Springfield died at 6:55 am Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1924 in South Chicago, IL, the daughter of George and Mary Fitz Bruce. She married Stanley L. Soltys on June 21, 1952 and he preceded her in death on September 27, 2001.
Her parents, sister, Dorothy Molk and brother, Alexander Pope also preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen (Karen) Soltys of Springfield, IL and Robert (Susan) Soltys of Boonah, Australia; two grandsons Michael (Courtney) and Matthew Soltys and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Veronica has been a resident of Springfield since 2002. Before moving to Springfield, she lived in Irmo, S.C. for five years and prior to that was a resident of the Chicago and Urbana, IL areas. She was employed as a secretary in both Urbana and Chicago. Veronica was a member of Church of the Little Flower in Springfield and Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin, S.C.
Visitation: 9-11 am Monday, July 15, 2013 at Church of the Little Flower.
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 at Church of the Little Flower with Rev. John Ossola officiating.
Additional Visitation and Graveside Service: 10-11 am Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin, S.C. A committal service will be held at 11 am at Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin, S.C.
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Pam Waterman and Veronica play "Clean Hand and Dirty Foot" at Springfield, Illinois, on 9-7-06.
Pam and David Waterman posted on 7/14/13
We learned after her husband's death that Veronica lived in our neighborhood. And she also went to our church at a different mass than we usually attended. As Pam was starting classes to convert to the Catholic religion, Deacon Joe said he was looking for someone who could give Veronica a ride to church, so we introduced ourselves. That was the start of a wonderful friendship. We soon discovered that we all enjoyed playing cards, and she asked if we had ever played “Clean Hand and Dirty Foot.” We hadn't and she eagerly taught us what turned out to be a life-changing card game! We played cards often with her -- sometimes at her place, other times at ours. We laughed as she would get impatient when David slowly took his turn. She even got a small hourglass from some other game and started using it when David's turn came up. We taught her card game to our relatives and they still play it to this day, often when we have family gatherings. And we enjoyed playing the game with her again when we visited her at Brandon Gardens in Springfield, Illinois, in September 2006. Veronica's friendship came at a time when our lives were busy with work. Her example of her relationship with Stan and how much they meant to each other changed our outlook. She always stressed the importance of appreciating each other and creating fond memories. And our visits with her – whether going out for a bite to eat or baking cookies together – made us realize the importance of sharing our time with others.