The Lusk Herald
October 5, 2011
Sonja Lorraine Alexander
Sonja Lorraine Alexander died on Sept. 28, 2011 at the Wyoming Medical Center, from complications due to a stroke. Sonja was born in Chadron, Neb. on Jan. 16, 1946 to Harry Leon Burke and Eileen Annette Leeling.
Sonja graduated from Chadron High School, Chadron, Neb. She married Eldon R. Alexander of Manville, Wyo. on Oct. 5, 1963. Eldon and Sonja moved to Lander, Wyo. where Eldon joined the Wyoming State Patrol, and they began their life as a law enforcement couple. Both Eldon and Sonja took great dignity in being a part of the Wyoming State Patrol.
On Jan. 8, 1968 Sonja and Eldon became the proud parents of their first child, Heidi Annette, and on Dec. 8, 1970 they welcomed Jason Roger, which completed their family. Eldon was then transferred to Lusk (back home) where they settled to raise their family, and where Sonja and Eldon would live their lives following their children and eventually retiring on the family farm in Manville.
Sonja worked at Safeway for five years before taking a full time position at the Lusk State Bank where she worked for 13 years. Some of her fondest friends and memories were made at the Bank. Many customers appreciated her warm smile and willingness to socialize with them about their families.
Sonja will be remembered most as a mother, aunt, and grandmother. She took great pride in all of her kids and family. She enjoyed cooking and preparing for Holiday gatherings that were always spent eating and playing cards. Her grandkids remember her most for her homemade kool-aid popsicles, playing cards, shopping, her love of fishing and of course the gingerbread men she made at Christmas.
Sonja is survived by mother Eileen Allsup, step-father Wilbur, sister Coleen of Marquette, Kansas; husband Eldon; daughter and son-in-law; Heidi and Jack Kramm, grandchildren Heather, Andrea and Kaden Kramm of Colorado; son and daughter -in-law Jason and Wendy Alexander, grandchildren Megan, Morgan and Jackson Alexander of Ord, Nebraska. Also surviving are various nephews, nieces and cousins, which Sonja loved dearly.
Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her father, Harry Burke; and sister, Harriet Lecher.
A memorial has been established to the Manville Community Church in Manville.
A funeral service was held on Oct. 3, 2011 at the Pier Funeral Home in Lusk. Interment followed at the Dellview Cemetery near Manville.
Alvin George Alexander (February 21, 1911 - January 30, 2005)Dannie Ray Alexander (July 22, 1935 - August 15, 2002)Doris Evelyn Alexander (January 3, 1916 - March 22, 2002)Floyd Irvin Alexander (December 22, 1912 - February 9, 1993)George Alexander (April 29, 1881 - June 1, 1944)Iza Geraldine Alexander (December 31, 1914 - January 30, 1963)Laura C. Alexander (January 19, 1923 - July 13, 2001)Leo Arthur Alexander (October 20, 1909 - October 5, 1991)Oscar Loyd Alexander (July 14, 1915 - February 10, 2002)Rena May Alexander (August 26, 1885 - January 26, 1976)Eileen Annette Burk Allsup (August 3, 1920 - May 18, 2013)Wilbur E. Allsup (August 14, 1919 - September 29, 2015)Esther Viola Bartos (November 14, 1917 - November 19, 2002)Floyd Joseph Bartos (May 9, 1911 - April 17, 1988)Gary Lloyd Bartos (August 31, 1941 - November 28, 1968)Amanda Joanne Bringham (August 29, 1968 - August 29, 1968)Gary W. Bringham (December 26, 1945 - May 24, 1987)Ruby Anne Bringham (Date Unknown - 1970)Harry L. Burk (December 11, 1903 - July 3, 1986)Verla Etchemendy (July 7, 1938 - December 28, 2010)Edith Lavia Foy (December 14, 1884 - October 24, 1971)Joseph Foy (July 7, 1880 - January 1, 1956)Jeffrey Wayne Jugler (March 10, 1963 - July 3, 1969)Evelyn Joeanna Larson (August 27, 1921 - April 23, 2015)Noal Franklin Larson (August 9, 1919 - September 25, 2008)Harriet Eileen Lecher (December 31, 1942 - February 13, 2005)Jimmy Charles Leeling (December 27, 1956 - December 27, 1956)Joseph Clarence Leeling (March 23, 1885 - March 17, 1951)Samuel Allen Leeling (October 28, 1923 - June 18, 1992)Charles Newton Lindley (December 20, 1960 - April 28, 1994)Clifford Gray Lindley (September 22, 1886 - April 25, 1969)Edith Bell Lindley (August 23, 1891 - April 4, 1973)Roger L. Lindley (December 5, 1919 - December 12, 1987)Gwendola Mae Longbone (June 27, 1936 - September 25, 2007)Ernest Criss Schuricht (May 1, 1891 - March 11, 1961)Rachel Schuricht (December 10, 1897 - January 27, 1990)Leah May Winder (May 8, 1895 - September, 1984)
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