Paul A. Sonnenfeld, age 64, of Yankton, SD, died Friday, May 15, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, after a lengthy battle with multiple health issues.
Funeral services are 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be Salem Community Cemetery in rural Freeman, SD, with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Monday, May 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Pallbearers are: Randy Sonnenfeld, Troy Sonnenfeld, Stuart Wevik, Mark Swensen, John Halbkat and Josh Richardson.
Paul A. Sonnenfeld was born October 11, 1950 in Aberdeen, SD, to Arthur and Olivia (Holzworth) Sonnenfeld. He grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1968. He enlisted in to the United States Air Force in 1969 and served his country during the Vietnam War. He married Lyla Brodland on June 23, 1973 in Freeman, SD. They moved to Lincoln, NE, where Paul began his career with the postal service. While working, Paul attended Southeast Community College graduating with an Associated Degree in Business. In 1981, Paul and family moved to Alliance, Nebraska where he served as the Assistant Postmaster and then moved to Ft. Dodge, IA in 1985 to also work as Assistant Postmaster. He finished his career as the Postmaster in Rockwell City, IA and then Webster City, IA until his health forced him to retire in 2005.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. In earlier years he was active in Big Friend -Little Friend. He was a very strong man who through all of his health problems, never complained and was always concerned about his family and others. He was a gentle giant who had a great, witty sense of humor. He loved his family above all else. He was a very active and involved dad, teaching Sunday School, leading the youth group and coaching his daughters various sports teams. He always wanted to know what his girls were involved in as well as what they were experiencing in their lives. He loved his grandchildren and was so very proud of them. He always looked forward to their hugs and took every possible opportunity to tell them he loved them.
Survivors include his wife, Lyla of Yankton; three daughters: Allyssa Vogel of Sioux Falls, SD; Taryn (Clarence) Church of Virginia Beach, VA; Tristin Sonnenfeld and her fiancé, Derrick Plienis of Omaha, NE; two grandchildren, Ella and Max Vogel; three step-grandchildren: Austin, Hannah, and Silas Church; brother, Cleo (Marie) Sonnenfeld of California; three sisters: Sharon (Dean) Erickson of Aberdeen; Judy (Larry) Richardson of California; and Paula (Randy) Dominicak of Idaho; He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew, and brother-in-law.
Memorials may be directed to Big Friend - Little Friend in Yankton.
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SO sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending sympathy, love and prayers to you and family.
Faith Larson Louis
We will miss you buddy. You will now be playing your drums in Heaven with Buzz. My sympathy to your family. You were a great man.
I have known Sonny since 7th grade. Good athlete, good guy, big heart. My condolences to his family.
Jerry Jasmer, Class of 68
I am so sorry to hear the news of this. Sonny was a great guy and a great friend: he will sorrowly missed. My thought are with you and yours at this time.
Many prayers and hugs for you all during this time. Much love to you, Ally and family.
Lyla and family-- Evie and I would like to extend to you our deepest sympathy at this time of sadness. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and I hope that healing will come soon. May God bless you at this time of sadness.
Gene and Evie
We are thinking of your family in your time of sorrow. We hope each member of your family feels the pouring into each heart the depth of God's immense love and everlasting promise. One day we'll all be together.
Roger & Elaine Ingebritson
We are so sorry to hear the news of Paul's passing. He was, indeed, a "gentle giant" with a big heart and capacity to love beyond anyone we've ever met. Blessings and prayers to the family.
Dan and Joannie (Poe) Holdhusen
Sonny was a true friend He played the drums and I played the bass. We had some good fun in the late 60s. Will miss him very much.
We lost a special person on earth but look forward to seeing him again in heaven! So sorry for your loss!
Karen & Ron Musselman
I remember Paul fondly from high school. Cleo, Paula, Paul and I car pooled to school.
I liked your characterization of Paul as a 'gentle giant'. He was a good friend then and I am certain he was a great father and husband. I am saddened to hear of his passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
I'm truly sorry to hear of Paul's passing. First met him in jr. high and continuing threw high school, great person to be around, and had a blast reminiscing at our 45th school, you will always be missed!
To the family - wanted you all to know that I was sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. Mindy and Wesley kept me informed -
My thoughts and prayers
Cindy Patterson Cooper
Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I will remember your Dad from all of our DMACC days and all the many weddings through our group of friends that he came too. He was a sweet man just like his daughters!
Love, Mike and Michelle Gibilisco
Lyla and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. God give you strength, comfort and peace.
Kenny and Mary Daniels
Lyla and family - deepest sympathy on Paul's passing. Always remember him, big smile and just a classy guy with a heart for the Lord. Thinking of you all and the journey you have been on.
Rex & Shelly Hartwig
Lyla and girls- so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He always had a smile and a wink when he was up to something and just a great person!. It truly was a gift from above to have know him.
Dennis and Karmin Mason
Lyla and family,
You and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers. Paul was so nice and always enjoyed talking with at the Post Office. He always had a smile and was so kind.
Our heartfelt sympathy, Cathy McIntire and Katie Fester FKA - Jorgenson
My deepest sympathy to your family. I have such fond memories of your time with us at Good Shepherd.
Lyla and girls..So saddened to hear if your loss. Our lives are richer for knowing Paul. Such a great man.
Prayers Jane and Gerri McCurdy
Hi Lyla -- I sang with you in the Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club. Paul was such a kind-hearted man. I know he'll be missed greatly. My deepest sympathy to you and the girls.
Sandi (Chingren) Collins
So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you and your family.
Debbie and Ren Nicolaisen
LOTS OF LOVE ...PRAYERS AND HUGS FROM JERRY AND JACQUIE................ GOD LOVES YOU.......AND SO DO WE!
Lyla & family ~So Sorry for your loss. Paul was a great guy and we enjoyed having him as our Postmaster in Webster City.
Prayerfully yours~ Tom & Lynette Vaske
Lyla - So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gary & Judy Koch
I just recently learned of Paul's death. I wanted to pass along my sympathies to you and your family with a card, but unable to attain an address. Paul was a wonderful mentor to me during my Postal career. I learned so much from him and continued to rely on his knowledge until his retirement as did so many others. I hope he had some small idea of how many people he touched during his career. All of us who knew him were better employees because of him. The last time I saw him, he was so excited about your new home and the move back to South Dakota. May he rest in peace.
I knew Paul and Lyla many, many years ago..way back in the 70s when we lived in a trailer court in Lincoln, Nebraska. I found out purely by accident of Pauls passing thru facebook. I don't even know if Lyla would remember me, but I wanted to pass along my condolences. When I knew them my name was Pat Schultz..married to Gerry Schultz. We both had only one child at the time. They had Allysa and we had Kevin. I would love to hear from Lyla again after all of these years. My heart just breaks thinking about the loss of Paul. May he rest in peace.
My name is Pat Goodman. I knew Paul and Lyla back in the 70s when we lived at Gaslight Village mobile home park in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the time they had Allysa and we had a son, Kevin. My name then was Pat Schultz, married to Gerry Schultz. So many years have passed and I came across finding out about Pauls passing purely by accident as I was on Facebook. I was deeply saddened when I saw this. I remember so well knowing Paul & Lyla and what wonderful people they both were. I hope Lyla sees this message and remembers me. My heart just breaks for Pauls family. I would love if I could reconnect with Lyla through Facebook if only to see if she does remember those days. My thoughts and prayers with the family. May Paul rest in peace...he was one of the kindest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. God Bless you!
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