SONNENBERG, Chris B. 1905-1976
SONNENBERG, POPPEN, VENENGA, BROWER
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Date: 7/10/2014 at 14:03:29
Veteran Holland Business Man Died Friday
Chris B. Sonnenberg, 71, of Holland, died Friday, September 10, 1976 at 5:37 a.m. in the Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo from a heart condition.
Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Colfax Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jerry VanCurler officiating. The Kruger sisters sang "How Great Thou Art" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". They were accompanied by Mrs. Raymond Hinders, who also played prelude and postlude selections.
Special music was also rendered by Chaplain Harris Sonnenberg.
Pallbearers were Clarence Kruse, Edward Schoolman, Don Ennenga, Gene Huisman, Eldon Klaassen and Jasper Westerman. Ushers were John Paterni, Milf Meyer and Harm G. Hook. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Moeller and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Henricks were floral attendants. Burial was in the Colfax Center church cemetery.
Chris was born January 6, 1905 in Grundy County, Iowa, the son of Ben and Antje Poppen Sonnenberg. On March 6, 1929 he was united in marriage to Lena Venenga. She died March 12, 1951. On February 16, 1953 at Holland he married Mrs. Etta Venenga Brower. Chris had lived all of his life in and near Holland and had been engaged in various businesses, in more recent years as a trucker for the Holland Processing Plant.
He was a member of the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, was a deacon and elder, member of the Holland Fire Dept., Holland Community Club, and the Grundy County Sheriff's Reserve.
A memorial fund has been established.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Lena, one son, Benjamin, two grandchildren, one brother and one sister.
Survivors are: his wife, Etta, one son Delbert of Randolph, Wis., three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Helen) Hartford of Casa Grande, Ariz., Mrs. Warren (Leona) Anderson of rural Wellsburg, Mrs. Richard (LaVonne) Conrad of Holland, 24 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 September 1976, pg 7
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