Sophia Margaret Deutz was born on March 23, 2007, in Sioux Falls, SD. She had medical problems that manifested at an early age. Despite these difficulties, she made a lasting impact on her family, friends, many caregivers and all who knew her. She communicated with her sparkling and dazzling smile. Sophia enjoyed kids and chaos, whether with her energetic siblings or schoolmates. She was drawn to water and enjoyed her baths and time at the swimming pool. She also enjoyed swinging and the trampoline. Sophia was a fan of Disney Movies, especially Moana. Her time with us was short, but her impact was large. Sophia filled our hearts with love and will never be forgotten.
Sophia died on Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She had been fighting congestive heart failure for the past nine months. Sophia is survived by her parents Craig Deutz (Lynn Zurn) and Michelle Portner (Dave Coudert) brother Logan, twin sister Belle, two year old brother Nash, grandparents Bill and Becky Deutz of Marshall, Margaret Portner of New Ulm, several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Gary Portner and special family friend Lois Sellner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester or Children’s Heart Association.