Services were held on Thursday, March 20 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Interment was at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.
Memorials may be directed to the family, and will be used for new choir robes for Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Sonja Marie Larson was born in Clarion on March 10, 1962, to parents Ron and Anne Larson. Sonja lived in Dows until age 11, when she moved with her parents to a farm near Stanhope. Sonja was a member of the South Hamilton High School class of 1980 in Jewell, and later graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. with the class of 1984, majoring in Elementary Education and receiving a minor in English.
In May of 1984, Sonja began working as a clerk at the Webster City Kmart. From there Sonja went on to train at the Waterloo Kmart for the assistant manager's position.
In October of 1985 Sonja moved to Cherokee after accepting a position as Assistant Manager of the Cherokee Kmart. Sonja was promoted to manager of Kmart in June of 1998 and continued in that position until the present. Sonja greatly enjoyed her work and associations in the business community. On Easter Sunday of 1987 Todd and Sonja met each other on a boating party at Storm Lake and became good friends. Sonja and Todd were married in Dows on Oct 10, 1992.
Sonja was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and was also the chair for the March of Dimes fundraisers through Kmart.
Sonja enjoyed annual trips to the Iowa State Fair and annual trips in October to the Mall of America. Most of all she cherished her three vacations to five of the seven Hawaiian Islands in 2003, 2004, and 2005, with Maui being her favorite island. While at home, she enjoyed eating her evening meals in the porch and enjoyed watching her favorite TV programs, American Idol and the Food Channel. She also looked forward to her daily visits with her mom on the telephone, sometimes discussing recipes. Sonja also enjoyed reading, flowering and gardening, cooking, and baby sitting her dogs, Ginger and Windsor.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, aunts Linda Tesdell and Linda Larson and Uncle Fred Larson.
Mourning Sonja's loss are her husband, Todd; her parents, Ron and Anne Larson of Dows; mother and father-in-law, Dennis and Patty Anderson of Larrabee; brothers-in-law, Joel Anderson and his special friend, Dew Lindstrom, of Boise, Idaho; Scott Anderson and his wife, Jennifer, of Forsyth, Mont.; a nephew, Cooper Anderson of Forsyth, Mont.; Aunt Rosalie and Ron Locker of Slater; Aunt Darlene and Duane Hetland of Minnetonka, Minn.; Uncle Ron and Pam Tesdell of Ankeny; and cousins Scott, Steve, Susan, Robert, Sarah, Elizabeth, Matt and Mike.