Mary Sonksen, 1921-2015

Published 10:13 am Monday, December 28, 2015

Memorial services for Mary Leone Sonksen of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bonnerup Funeral Home in Albert Lea. The Rev. Todd Walsh will officiate. Friends may call from noon Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Mary died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Thorne Crest Retirement Community in Albert Lea. She was 94.

Mary Sonksen

Mary Sonksen

Mary was born July 16, 1921, in Glenville, the daughter of Ralph W. and Nellie Gae (Tlymouth) Booen. She graduated from Albert Lea High School and a business college in Mason City, Iowa. On July 11, 1942, she was united in marriage to Carl N. Sonksen at United Methodist Church in Albert Lea.

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Mary was a member of United Methodist Church and active in the church circle. She was employed in sales at Pamida, Gibson’s and Montgomery Ward. She continued her sales for many years at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea. Mary was a lifetime member of the DOES, Albert Lea Elks Club and Alanon. She enjoyed reading, flea markets, rummage sales and antiques.

Mary is survived by her daughters Carla Fjeldberg of Albert Lea and Joan (James) McConnell of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Todd (Kari) Fjeldberg, Tracy (Michelle) Fjeldberg, Tony (Shelly) Fjeldberg, Merideth (Jeff) Jones and Nick (Melissa) Petersen; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Marianne DePoppe, Pauline (Maynard) Olson and Shirley (Ray) Tukua; brother-in-law, Edward (Peggy) Sonksen; and many other relatives, nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; brothers Sherman (Mavis) Booen and Shirley (Dorothy) Booen; sister, Kate Babbitt; sons-in-law Dennis Petersen and David Fjeldberg; and father-in-law August Sonksen.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to United Methodist Church or Alanon.