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Sonja L. Wolff
Sonja L. Wolff

SOUTH WAYNE – Sonja L. Wolff, 85, of South Wayne, WI passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Monroe Hospital with her family by her side. Sonja was born on March 23, 1934 in Monroe, WI. Sonja was the salutatorian of her class of 1951, South Wayne High School. She married Edward R. Wolff Sr. on June 9, 1951; he preceded her in death on December 26, 2012.

Alongside her husband, Sonja and Ed farmed for many years, and raised their seven children. Once her children were grown, she re-entered the workforce as a dietary aide at the Monroe Clinic and Hospitals for 14 years.

Faith was such an important part of her life. She was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Warren, where she served on the church council and sang in the choir.  

She served her community and was on the Blackhawk School board, where she was the first female president of the school district. In addition, she was a member of the South Wayne Community Foundation and the Village Election Board.

Sonja is survived by her children Rhonda (Joe) Hartwig of South Wayne, WI, Rod Wolff of South Wayne, WI, Russ (Sheila) Wolff of Cottage Grove, WI, Rita (Tim) Crotty of Shullsburg, WI, Tim (Kristen) Wolff of Monroe, WI; daughters-in-law Kay Wolff of Montello, WI, and Bonnie Wolff of Minnesota; 21 grandchildren, 24 Great-grandchildren; brothers Roger (Sallie) Ellingson, and Robert (Sherri) Perdue, and a sister Sharon (Dennis) Paulson; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Earl Ellingson, her mother, Shirley Purdue her step-father Jim Perdue, husband Edward Wolff in 2012, her brother Terry Ellingson, sons Edward “Rick” Wolff and Randall “Randy” Wolff, and a granddaughter Alyson “Aly” Wolff.

Sonja was an excellent role model for her family and those around her. We will miss her love, strength, and inspiration!

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM Noon on Friday, January 31, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Warren, IL.

A visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Warren, IL.

Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, IL.

Vicar Michelle Knight will officiate the services.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at