Sophia Jane Marsicano

Born: Mon., Mar. 7, 2011
Died: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: Community Center

Time of Remembrance & Storytelling

4:00 PM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: Community Center

Closing Ceremony

6:00 PM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: Community Center

Dutch Treat Social

6:30 PM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: Snapper's Bar & Grill

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Sophia Jane Marsicano

Sophia Jane Marsicano, age 6, of Mechanicsburg, was born on Monday, March 7, 2011 in Hershey and passed away peacefully with her parents by her side at Penn State Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, following her courageous battle with cancer.  She is now with her paternal grandfather, Jerome “Jerry” Marsicano, and her maternal grandfather, Dennis Kelly, who preceded her in death.

Sophia’s survivors include her loving parents: Joseph “Joe” and Erin (Kelly) Marsicano of Mechanicsburg; her paternal grandmother, Edith Marsicano of Mechanicsburg and her maternal grandmother, Lucinda “Cindi” Kelly of Spring Grove; her aunt, Rose Marsicano and Sophia’s cousin, Alessandra Verdiyan, both of Mechanicsburg; and her uncle, Sean Kelly and his wife, Tammi, of York.

Sophia Jane was a spunky, happy, sweet, kind, creative, ball of energy who embraced life and her own individuality.  She captured the hearts of many, particularly on social media, with her bubbly personality evident in photographs and her always entertaining videos.

From the time she was three Sophia loved everything Wonder Woman, including the costume she wore nearly daily for a year.  And although it is this persona that so many recognize and remember, Sophia was so much more than Wonder Woman.

Sophia was a passionate little six year old that liked Frozen and dressing up as Elsa.  She was equally a fan of Star Wars and its strong females like Princess Leia, Rey, and Ahsoka.

She was a big fan of Netflix, Smarties, and playing Disney Infinity.

Sophia was an artist, an entrepreneur, a jewelry designer and maker, a veterinarian, a lover of cats big and small, a cheetah print trendsetter, a ham for the camera, a Sweet Frog fan, a vegetable eater but a quesadilla lover, a Target shopper, a bird watcher, an astronomer, a face painter and balloon shape maker, a rock star and song writer.  Sophia was in every way amazing.

All are welcome to gather with Sophia’s family as they celebrate Sophia’s life on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a time of remembrance and storytelling starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 201 East Green Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Celebrant George A. Spangler officiating.  Cremation was private.

Erin and Joe ask that you help them bring Sophia’s dream of “The Marsicano Diner” to life by bringing a food item to be shared during Sophia’s celebration of life which will join some of the signature dishes that Sophia herself envisioned.  To honor Sophia’s love of heroines, children are encouraged to dress as their favorite heroine or hero and to spend time playing together and enjoying some of Sophia’s favorite Disney movies in a special “Children’s Corner”.

Following Sophia’s celebration of life, Erin and Joe will be greeting adult friends at Snapper’s Bar & Grill, 120 East Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 for an informal Dutch treat social starting at 6:30 p.m.

The family sends their most heartfelt appreciation to the staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, to all those who tirelessly cared for Sophia at Penn State Children’s Hospital, and to Four Diamonds for their incredibly generous financial support during Sophia’s nearly five months at the children’s hospital.  As an expression of their deep gratitude the family is not accepting flowers, instead they strongly encourage those who wish to express their sympathy to make a monetary donation, a donation of time, or a donation of items to one of these incredible organizations.

To make donation simple, there will be a donation station at Sophia’s celebration of life where monetary donations and donations of items will be gratefully accepted.  The Ronald McDonald House wish list can be found at  To donate your time to the Ronald McDonald House or to donate from your home or office, please visit  To donate to Four Diamonds from your home or office, please visit

Sophia’s family has entrusted her care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Sophia’s full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, and sign her official guest book at

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Rose Marsicano & Alessandra Verdiyan
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
All my love! Sophia was my Wonder Woman buddy, as well i called her Padawan. Alessa and I will truly miss her spirit and spunk. Words can't express how much she will be missed.

Natalie Coffman
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
Please know that she touched my life even though we never met. I will keep you, and all who loved Sophia, in my prayers always.

Bill Wise
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
So sorry for your loss, now my friend Jerry can watch over her
Bill and Paula Wise

   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
I didn't know Sophia, but knew her Grandmother Cindi. I have been following the updates and am so sorry for your loss. Sophia definitely was a fun, loving, talented, creative daughter. You must be so proud of sharing your lives with her. My thoughts, prayers, sincere sympathy, and strength are with you all.
"There is peace in knowing love never leaves. It lives within our hearts."
Sonia Reisinger, Colorado Springs, CO.

Rich Kauffman
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
So sorry for the loss of this wonderful little lady. I only knew her from the aspect as a friend & neighbor, but, regardless of my moment's attitude, seeing her at play always brought a smile to my heart. She will continue to do so whenever she crosses my mind.

Sue Bert
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
Having never met Sophia, I smile when I see the adorable pictures of a beautiful little girl living life to the fullest. Through her pictures and your comments, her spunky personality comes through! Sophia has profoundly affected me! May God help and bless you and Joe through the coming tough days ahead!

Lori Brillhart
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
Our most heart felt sympathies to your family now & the future. May you find comfort in wonderful memories. What a beautiful angel you all gave looking after you. So sorry for your loss.

Adam & Lori Brillhart

Ray and Debbie Zavatsky
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
Sending prayers of comfort to your family at this terribly difficult time. Praying for God's healing and peace.

Meredith Vancosky
   Posted Tue December 05, 2017
I am so sorry for your family's loss. Our First Grade class thought and prayed for Sophia everyday. I know I only met Sophia once but her life and struggle touched me deeply.

Laura van Assendelft
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
Sophia brought such joy and love into this world that can never be taken away. My heart goes out to you through this journey. Thank you for sharing your daughter, sharing your experience, and letting us stand with you through this. You are all so loved!

Melissa Hershey
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
Sweet Sophia. You are so loved. May your soul be at rest.

Joan Bitzer
   Posted Sat December 09, 2017
Sophia will continue to bring smiles to all who loved her brilliant spirit. Wishing her family peace and comfort.

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