Edna “Soph” Wood

Edna “Soph” Wood, 85, of Cambridge and formerly of Isanti, died March 10, 2012 at GracePointe Commons.

Edna Marie Wood was born Dec. 14, 1926 in Granville, N.Y. 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, N.Y.  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.

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. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1981; son, Donald K. Wood; and daughter-in-law, Denise Wood.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti with Pastor Ryan O’Leary officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Jennifer Wallin will serve as soloist and Marlene Hartzell as pianist. Pallbearers are Trig Laase, Steve Wicklund, Andy Brunick and Nick Gabrielson. Interment is in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.