Wheelock, 79, died peacefully at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, Ind.,
on February 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by
her husband Warren, age 81, and her children, Angela (Pat), Pam (Greg), Val
Duva, and David (Carol); grandchildren, Nancy and Brendan (Angela), Chris,
Michael, and Alex (Val), Lindsey, Elizabeth, Julianne, Richard, Jimmy, Hope,
and Andrew (David); and siblings Eve Churchill, Joe Loy, David Loy (Linda),
and Sam Loy (Geneva). Sophia was predeceased by siblings Dellous Loy
(Enola), Kathleen Buchanan (Larry), Wesley Loy (Kathryn), Robert Loy, Jr.,
Vickie Green (Buddy), Clifton Loy, and Johnny Loy.
Sophia will be
deeply missed by family and friends.
Sophia was born on
July 7, 1934 in Fairplay, Kentucky. Sophia moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan in
1951 where she met Warren Wheelock. They married on December 9, 1952. Sophia
had a love of education and, once her children were grown she attended
Eastern Michigan University where she earned a B.A. in Political Science in
1988 at the age of 54.
Warren and Sophia
made their home in Ypsilanti for fifteen years, moving to Saline, Mich., in
1968 where they lived until Warren retired, when they returned to Ypsilanti.
Sophia and Warren moved to Chesterton in October, 2013, to live with their
daughter Pam Wheelock, and son-in-law Greg Munger, long time Chesterton
Visitation will be
held at White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton, Ind., at 4 p.m., Thursday,
February 13, with a service to follow at 5 p.m. Internment will be at The
Loy Family Cemetery in Adair County, Kentucky in the spring.
In lieu of flowers,
the family asks donations be made to Because I am a Girl, an organization
dedicated to educating girls around the world at