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Lydia J. Soja

December 7, 1924 - January 10, 2022

Lydia J. Soja, age 97, of Media, PA, formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Born in Detroit, MI, on December 7, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Angeline (Jakubiec) Krajewski. Lydia relocated to Delaware with her family during the Great Depression. She worked in Student Financial Services at Wilmington University for 46 years until her retirement at age 90. Lydia was proud of her time spent at Wilmington University and was even named Miss WilmU at their 50th anniversary celebration. She spent the last seven years of her retirement living at Lima Estates, where she kept busy with many of the fun activities available and spent time with friends, including her best friend of 90 years Betty. Lydia enjoyed vacationing in Wildwood, NJ with friends and family. More than anything, she loved being able to spend time with her family and her cat, Lily.

In addition to her parents, Lydia is preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward J. Soja.  She is survived by her sons, Edward A. Soja (Iva) and Mark J. Soja; and granddaughter, Lindsay M. Soja.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Interment will be held privately.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lydia’s memory to Wilmington University, Wilmington University Development Office, 320 N. DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720, or online by clicking here.

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13 Condolences for Lydia J. Soja

  • Mark,
    I am sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. I remember her from the early Sunday mass at Our Lady of Fatima some years ago. May she rest in peace.
    Sincere sympathy to you and your family,
    Frank Messick

  • Eddie, Mark, Iva, and Lindsay
    We are sorry to hear about Aunt Lydia ; she was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. We will always remember her joy of life and her laughter. It was a pleasure to be in her company and listen to her stories about the family and her job. We are truly sorry for your loss.
    Cousins Vicky & Steve

  • Too us your mother was a lovely person!
    Tom & Kurt Storr

  • It is with sorrow I pen my good-bye to Lydia. She held my greatest respect and admiration. She was pleasant and kind to everyone. I am grateful to have worked so closely with her at Wilmington University where we shared many fond memories.
    I think of all the people she touched in her 97 years who would say the same. I will carry wonderful memories always. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry to learn of Lydia’s passing. I worked with her many years ago at Wilmington College (at the time). What a nice lady. My condolences to you all.
    Kathy Phillips-Giles

  • Eddie, I am sorry very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. OMG we just saw each other the other day at Walmart and you mentioned her. I know loss of your mom is huge. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I only met Mrs. Soja in person one time, but she showed an immense kindness towards me by leaving a container of ice cold lemonade on her back porch during the hot days of summer. This gave me time to regroup and continue on with my mail carrier duties. I will be forever grateful for her kindness. My sincere condolences.

  • I am so saddened to learn of Lydia’s passing. While I lost touch with her after she moved to PA, I have such fond memories of her while working at Wilmington University and later, when we kept up our friendship at dinner get togethers. Lydia was so proud of her family and enjoyed life well into her later years, thanks to her wonderful, positive outlook on life which sprang from her deep religious faith. There is so much I could say about this special, caring lady; let met just end with, Lydia was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I know she will be deeply missed by her family, and me, and all those whose lives she touched. With sympathy, Toni Eaton

  • Lydia was my mom’s friend & such a sweet lady. Condolences to her family & may she Rest In Peace!

  • Mark So sorry to see your moms passing . She must have a been a great lady to have a son and man like you God rest her soul

  • Ed
    I am so sorry for the passing of your mother. My she rest in Peace.
    Sincere Sympathy to you and your family
    Pat (Walmart)

  • So sorry to learn of her passing, I remember her being so kind to all when I was a student (1978-1982) at Wilmington College (University) I pray for your family.Patricia Stallings

  • A wonderful, and gracious woman, who will be missed by all who met her! My best to her family.🌹