Anna Mary Sokolofski-Tracy, 81, died Oct. 31, 2023, at St. Anthony Park Home. Anna was a resident there since August 2022 and had been previously diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Anna was born Sept. 5, 1942 in Danville, Illinois, to Edward and Eleanor Sokolofski, the eldest of three children. Anna grew up in Westville, Illinois, attending Schlarman High School and the University of Illinois, majoring in piano performance. Anna was an accomplished musician who played piano, violin and organ.
After college, Anna joined the Sisters of St. Benedict in Nauvoo, Illinois, and while she ultimately left before taking final vows, she befriended Mary Keefe Kelly and they remained friends for the rest of Anna’s life.
In 1975, Anna enrolled at George Williams College in Illinois for her master’s in social work. While there, she met Chuck Tracy. They moved to St. Paul in 1977 and were married Sept. 20, 1980. She spent the last 40 years of her life in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood.
Anna was a dedicated social worker both in private practice and at nonprofits, including Catholic Charities, North End Medical Center and Chrysalis Center. She was also especially devoted to her children, spending hours attending their activities, cooking meals, baking and creating a supportive environment for them. Anna, a kind and gentle soul, enjoyed knitting, weaving and studying meditation; but being a mother was her true passion.
Anna is survived by husband Chuck, daughter Megan (Tom Koreltz), son Nathan (Emily) of St. Paul, three grandchildren, brother Ed (Diane) of Evanston, Illinois, and sister Jean (Wayne Heiser) of Winterville, North Carolina. Her parents preceded her in death.
Anna donated her body to the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Anthony Park Home and Midwest Hospice for their care of Anna.