Obit: Sonnentag. Margaret #1 (1923 - 2013)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Sonnentag, Maier, Schmidt, Grajkowski

----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, WI) 20 Mar 2013

Sonnentag, Margaret (20 Dec 1923-13 March 2013)

Margaret R. Sonnentag, 89, Thorp, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 16, at St. Bernard-St Hedwig’s Catholic Church, Thorp. Rev. Don Meuret officiated. Burial followed in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery. Pall bearers were Eli Grajkowski, Ryan Sonnentag, Neil Sonnentag, Jesse Sonnentag, Colleen Sonnentag, and Craig Morello.

Margaret Regina Maier was born on Dec. 2o, 1923, in the town of Thorp, to John and Helen (nee Schmidt) Maier. She received her education at St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Thorp. She moved to Chicago, Ill., where she worked for Motorola, before returning to Thorp where she worked for the Blue Moon Cheese Factory. She married Frank Sonnentag on Sept. 8, 1943. After their marriage, Margaret and Frank lived in Milwaukee for five years. They returned to the Thorp area and farmed for 48 years. Marge loved music and entertained with the Homemaker Hobo Band for more than 30 years. She also played for residents of the area nursing homes and hospitals, and also organized a family band. The band consisted of Marge and Frank, Phil and Rosemary, and nephew Ray,, and was known as the “Sonny Daze.” They played at many nursing homes and also played for other occasions. Recently, Marge played with Ruth Tobola as a duo and entertained the residents of Morgan Plaza. Margaret was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, its PCCW, and was very active as a singer in the PolishChoir for many years.

She is survive by her six children, Roger (Christine) Sonnentag, Greenwood, Neil (Linda) Sonnentag, Milwaukee, Jean (George G, rajkowski) Sonnentag , Ellsworth, June Sonnentag, Providence, R.I., Steve (Connie) Sonnentag, Thorp, and Richard (Lynn) Sonnentag, Thorp; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, three brothers, Norman (Mary) Maier, Brookfield, Jack Maier, Milwaukee, and Ken (Peggy) Maier, Green Bay; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank, on May 3, 1996; three brothers, Leonard Maier, Edmund Maier and Gerald Maier; and one sister, Mercedes Borton.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Thorp Funeral assisted the family with arrangements.



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