Gerald J. “Jerry” Sonnen, age 78, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Feb. 18, 2021, at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting.  Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Gerald John Sonnen was born May 14, 1942, in Melrose, to Lambert and Veronica (Kemper) Sonnen. He lived and farmed the Sonnen farm south of Melrose which became a century farm in later years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the Pioneer Club. Jerry manufactured many items for use on his farm. He enjoyed reading, especially when it came to history. Jerry owned a lake place on Little Birch Lake for many years which provided hours of entertainment for his nieces and nephews. He continued to host holidays at the family farm after his parents passed away.

Survivors include his sisters, Lenore Schmitz of Melrose, Darlene (Cyril) Meyer of Meire Grove, Kathy Heinze of Sauk Centre and Jean (LuVerne) Ritter of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews. 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law Richard Schmitz and Ed Heinze; and nephew Timothy Ritter.

Serving as casket bearers were Dean Meyer, Scott Ritter, Chad Ritter, Craig Heinze, Jay Heinze and Daryl Heinze.  Cross bearer was Kim Austin and scripture bearer was Jenny Dold.  Readers were Tamie Gerding, Jill Roerick,and Amy Michael.  Petitions were read by Gary Meyer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.                         P-8-1B