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Sonia H.A. Monson, 83

By Staff | Dec 11, 2016

Sonja Monson

Dell Sonia Harlene Anita Monson, age 83, was welcomed into Heaven’s glory with loving family at her side at Dell, on Monday, Nov. 28 2016.

She was born Sept. 13, 1933 to Ivar and Clara (Sabin) Vatvik in Albert Lea. She was baptized at Dell Lutheran Church by Pastor Mosby. She attended Martin Luther High School and Northwestern University Music Conservatory in Chicago singing in a choir directed by Otto Klemperer, father of Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink of Hogan’s Heroes).

Growing up in Chicago, Sonia loved visiting her Grandmother, Hansina Sabin’s farm near Brush Creek. Aunts and Uncles Bertha, Ora, Oscar, and Gilbert Sabin introduced her to their neighbor, a handsome young soldier returning from service as an MP at Buchenwald, Germany during the liberation period of WWII.

On Sept. 5, 1953 Sonia married the young soldier, Phillip Monson, at Dell Church. They raised three children, Martin, Andrew, and Anita, on their farm at Dell where Sonia returned for her final season of life.

Survivors include sons, Martin (Angela), of Melbourne, Florida; Andrew, of Frost; daughter, Anita (Troy) Beckman, of Frost; granddaughters, Christine (Brian) Webster, Catherine (Jason) Frost, and Candice Monson; great-granddaughter, Layla Frost; grandsons, Mitchell Beckman, Nate Beckman, and Brandon-Schmidt Spiess (Lanie) and their daughter, Elizabeth; nieces and nephews, Erik (Susie) Monson, Rose (Doug) Roberts, Karla (Gene) Tukua, Janine (Steve) Pilcher, Donna (Ronnie ) Bartness, and John Burns; many relatives in Norway.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Phillip, and his twin sister, Phyllis (Bob) Burns, and their brother, Elwood (May) Monson.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. at Dell Lutheran Church on Friday, Dec. 16, with Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. Interment following at the Dell Cemetery.

Memorials to UHD Hospice or Dell Church Jail Ministry.