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In Memoriam: Carol Sofianopoulos

Our world has lost a most gracious and kind soul, Carol Sofianopoulos, RDR, CRR, to cancer on Dec. 7.

Carol is survived by her sweetheart of 33 years, Angelos. Carol and Angelos were devoted to each other, sharing a deep love that was palpable to anybody who spent time with them. Angelos dedicated the last three months 100 percent to caring for Carol, for example, taking her on “dates” to the hospital parking lot for fresh air, bringing dinner to the hospital every night, making sure all of the equipment in her room was working properly. Each time he entered her hospital room, her vital signs would instantly normalize.

Carol was a premier freelance certified shorthand reporter in the Houston area and the owner of Opus Reporting Services. She had a tremendous vocabulary that would send even an English professor to the dictionary. She was an expert in maritime court reporting. Carol held the highest designation of the National Court Reporters Association, as well as being a Certified Realtime Reporter. She was also a member of the Texas Court Reporters Association and the Houston Court Reporters Association. Even though she traveled the world reporting over the years, Carol was very humble about her many accomplishments in the reporting profession.

Carol had an unmatched classy style in her clothing, her decorating, her cooking, and herbaking. She’s known for the delicious cookies that she baked for Opera in the Heights. She dined each day using fine china, linen napkins, and bees’ wax candles. Carol’s interests also included gardening, playing her harp, reading, traveling, and Greek mythology. She had a keen and witty sense of humor.

Carol was raised in Lake Charles, La., and lived her adult life in her beloved Heights neighborhood in Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Juliette Twachtman, and her precious Doberman Pinscher, Argos.

She is survived by her husband, Angelos; two brothers, Eric and Jack Twachtman and their wives; numerous nieces and nephews; Homer, the coolest dog ever; and many friends.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be in January at Opera in the Heights.

Sandy Mierop, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP
Anchorage, Alaska