Redlin Funeral Home

Dorothy M. Sonsalla , Age 85

June 24, 1936 --June 03, 2021

Dorothy M. (Habermeyer) Sonsalla, age 84, of West Baraboo, passed away peacefully at home on June 3, 2021, after a long battle with Parkinsons and Dementia. The family had an early celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary the day before.

She was born in Taylor Cty, WI, on June 24, 1936, to parents Edward and Louise (Fountain) Habermeyer of Stetsonville. She doesnt remember that day because she was too young. Her mother passed when she was almost three years old, so her father and siblings raised her on the family farm. She was the youngest of six children, each of them helping on the farm until they moved away. She was the last to leave the farm when she married Everest "Ev" Sonsalla, Ag Teacher, on June 6, 1956, because he knew how to Polka.

The couple lived in Enterprise, Alabama, while Ev served in the Army. They moved to Portage, WI, in 1958 and later to Baraboo from 1962-66 and Wisconsin Dells for a few years. They settled in Baraboo in 1969.

Dorothy worked at Geberts Store in Medford while she was still living on the family farm. After they were married, she was a stay-at-home mom and prided herself for always being home with her children when they needed her. She always had treats on the counter when the kids came home from school. Whether it was chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake or homemade bread, it was always delicious. She took a cake decorating class and decorated delicious cakes for birthdays and other celebrations. She enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren, babysitting them, camping, biking, playing Dominos and cards with her family. She attended and volunteered for as many events as she could for her children and grandchildren; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, school concerts or plays, sporting events, rodeos, Otsego Days; the list goes on and on.

She had various positions throughout her life such as teachers aid, working at Hardees, cleaning the offices of the Armed Forces, but her true passion was sewing beautiful drapes for McGann Furniture for 22 years. She was a very active member and long-time parishioner of St Josephs Catholic Parish in Baraboo, WI; volunteering with St. Marthas Circle and Daughters of Isabella. She co-founded the funeral dinners of St. Marthas Circle in 1976 and diligently served until she became ill a few years ago. She also volunteered for many years to Meals on Wheels, Baraboo Food Pantry, and the Baraboo Elks Club Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, her children Daniel Sonsalla of Baraboo, Dean Sonsalla of Baraboo, Diane (Will) Foreman of Otsego, Greg (Joy) Sonsalla of Baraboo, Vicki (Dale) Harmon of Mauston, and daughter-in-law Heather Sonsalla of Merrillan; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister Marion Paul of Abbotsford/Colby, WI, brother-in-law Melvin Gebert of Medford, and sister-in-law Bernice Sonsalla of Independence, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son David M. Sonsalla, along with her siblings Bill (Phyllis) and their son Wayne, Emery (Mabel), Patricia Gebert and her daughter Donna, Ruth (Wayne) Bischel, and in laws Bob Paul, Bernice (Dick) Boland and their son Rick, John Sonsalla, Beatrice (Sister Jean), and Tanner, their dog, who recently led the way to Heaven for her.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 until 11:00 at the church. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Marthas Circle in Baraboo or Parkinsons Research. If you do choose to send flowers, she prefers they not be dandelions.

Special thanks to the SSM Health Hospice crew of Nurses and CNAs that assisted in keeping Dorothy home. Ev and Dorothy always wanted to care for each other at home and he succeeded.

Remember to keep your car doors locked on the Interstate.


John & Mary Ann Kopp June 05, 2021

Parishoners Colonial heights , Virginia

We remember the many days we shared at mass at St. Joe's on Sunday after Sunday

Bradley and Denise krueger June 05, 2021

friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Our sincere condolences to Ev and the entire family. Sending you love and hugs

Annemarie Schaefer June 05, 2021

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Dear Ev and Family, Our sincere condolences to each of you. Dorothy was always such a positive, loving lady in every interaction throughout my life. Love and prayers to all. Annemarie and Dan Schaefer

Nancy John June 05, 2021

extended family Pottstown , Pennsylvania

dear Eve and Family, What a loss. Dort was such a warm and loving person. She'll be missed.

Sam and Lynn Schuebel June 05, 2021

Family Friends Baraboo , Wisconsin

Ev and family, Our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. What a legacy Dorothy provided your family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Sam and Lynn

Don & Verna Sonsalla June 05, 2021

Cousin in law White Bear Lake , Minnesota

Our thoughts are with Ev and the family. Dorothy was a gem of a lady and will be missed by all.

Kathy and Dennis Johnson June 07, 2021

friends Baraboo , Wisconsin

what a wonderful and beautiful person an honor to k ow her