Obituary: SONNTAG, NORMA

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 6:36 a.m. MDT

Norma Voloy Sonntag 1921 ~ 2011

Our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away July 13, 2011. She was born on August 24, 1921 in Cleveland, Idaho to Roy Casper and Lula Sophie Andreasen. Voloy was raised on a farm in a family of eight. Her schooling took place in Thatcher, Idaho. After graduating from high school she came to Salt Lake and worked for Richard P. Condie, the director of the Tabernacle Choir. She enrolled in Henager Business College, later working at Anderson Jewelry Company. While there she met an amazing young man, Philip T. Sonntag, whom she would later marry. In December of 1941 she accepted a call to serve in the Northern States Mission. She was supported by her loving parents who dutifully milked cows to be able to send her $50 a month. Phil and Voloy were married on March 7, 1944, ten days after Phil returned home from his mission. He always said that it was the biggest mistake he ever made he wasted nine days. That love affair has continued for 67 years serving as an example to all who know them. After being separated during World War II, they moved forward and began a family. They are the parents of three children who feel treasured and loved. Mother took every opportunity to be involved in each and every part of her children and grandchildren's lives-making sure to have fun, but never missing a chance to teach and testify. She is survived by her husband Philip T. Sonntag; children Pam Hodson (Dean), Mark Sonntag (Frankie) and Peggy Plumb (Walter); 23 grandchildren and 54 great-grand-children; brothers Dee Andreasen and Max Andreasen; and sister DeVone Hogan. Voloy was a great teacher and loved teaching gospel doctrine, early morning seminary, and being an advisor at LDS Business College. She magnified every call as she faithfully served in all the auxiliary organizations of the Church stating whatever assignment she had at the time was her favorite. Her life has been entwined in service with her husband for the past 30+ years. She has presided with her husband over 6 missions, served as matron of the Portland, Oregon Temple, and trained temple presidents and matrons throughout the world. Truly she followed the scripture that became their guide, Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." She has said, "What a privilege it has been to be able to bear testimony that God lives and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer." She was always up for an adventure, competitive in nature, (especially in Skip Bo), had a quest for learning, was loyal, non-judgmental, quick witted, and had a great sense of humor. She made the room come alive when she entered, making everyone feel important. Her parting words at every occasion were "love you and like you." Faith was her cornerstone . . . faith in family, God and others. She always looked for the best in everyone and every situation. An elect lady, always cleaving to her covenants, she delighted in doing the will of the Lord. She will be missed deeply. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 12:00 noon at the Ensign Ward, 135 'A' Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call on Sunday, July 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah and prior to the services at the ward from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment will follow at the Salt lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the LDS Church Missionary Fund or the LDS Temple Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.larkincares.com.