Bertha Sonnenberg

Obituary of Bertha Emily Sonnenberg

Bertha Emily Sonnenberg

(March 16, 1922 - December 16, 2022)


Bertha Emily Sonnenberg passed away peacefully, at the age of 100 years and 9 months on December 16, 2022, with her family by her side.  Bertha, the eldest of seven children, was born March 16, 1922, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Albert and Laura Vowles. Bertha married Bill Sonnenberg on June 17, 1945, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and they embarked on a long and interesting journey, moving often and raising their family of 4 children in various communities.  

Bertha was involved in Ladies Aid, the Church Choir, and was a Cub Scout Leader for many years, making many friends along the way. She was a great homemaker and she loved it.  There was always fresh bread, lots of cookies, cakes, and tarts.  Her hobbies included crocheting, embroidery, knitting, sewing for herself and her children, quilting, gardening, and ceramics.  She was thrilled to win our very first television set at a bingo. Summer was a time of camping and fishing with the grandchildren. Bertha and Bill travelled extensively in Canada and spent many hours visiting relatives and cemeteries to glean information for their genealogy projects.

Bertha was predeceased by Bill, her husband of 68 years; grandson Jeremy Dahl; parents Albert and Laura Vowles; brothers Charlie Vowles and Art Vowles; and brothers-in-law Jack Klick, Bert Hale, and Leon Wilson.

Left to carry her memory forward are her children Ina Nelson of Sidney, BC; David (Valrie Duff) Sonnenberg of Rosalind, AB; Sylvia (Bruce) Dahl of Sedgewick, AB; and Malvin (Sally Emmerton) Sonnenberg of Sherwood Park, AB; her grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; siblings Daisy Klick of Vernon, BC; Hazel Hale of Coldstream, BC; Florence Wilson of Langley, BC; and Vernie (Sandra) Vowles of Okanagan Falls, BC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.


A Funeral Service was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Burgar Memorial Chapel, 4817 51 Ave, Camrose with Rev. Brian Hunter officiating.

If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Bertha's memory may be made to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, or to St. Mary's Hospital Unit 2 Palliative Care.


Funeral Service

11:00 am
Monday, January 30, 2023
Burgar Memorial Chapel
4817 - 51 Avenue
Camrose, Alberta, Canada
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