Sonja K. Wiltsey, 99, of Arbor Vitae, went peacefully to her heavenly home for her earthly home on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 under hospice care.
She was born October 25, 1915, in Lombard, IL to Joel M. and Christine (Danielson) Kallman. Her parents were both born in Sweden, and until the age of 5, Sonja spoke no English at all. She had three younger brothers, Albert, Robert and Herbert.
On August 15, 1936, she married Galen E. Wiltsey. They lived in the IL/WI area until 1948 when they moved to California, and raised a family. They had 3 children, Sharon, Terry and Diane. They missed the Mid-West area, so they moved back to the Northwoods in the 1970’s and made it their permanent home.
Sonja and her husband led an active life, and were involved in Square Dancing for several years with a group called the “Square Wheelers”, who had lots of picnics and get togethers besides dancing. They also were involved in several bowling leagues. Sonja loved animals, and had many dogs, and her husband taught her to horseback ride. He even bought them each a horse. She loved to sew, quilt, and crochet things for her family and friends. This included several hundred little finger sized dolls for the police to give to little girls during stressful times. She was a member of the “Ladies of the Lakes Quilt Club”, and participated in some of their quilt shows.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joel and Christine Kallman, her daughter, Sharon W. Scott, her husband of 64 years, Galen, all three brothers, Albert, Robert, and Herbert Kallman.
Sonja is survived by a son Terry (Joanie) Wiltsey of Canoga Park, CA and daughter Diane Wakeman of Arbor Vitae,WI; three grandchildren; Tami (Garrett) Pollard, Jason Wiltsey, and Tiffany Wiltsey all of California and four great grandchildren, Gage, Bryson,Collin and Blake Davis all reside in southern California.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, May 13th at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel and was officiated by Pastor Ed Johnson. Internment was carried out in Evergreen Cemetery on the same day. Sonja was a kind, gentle, and lovingly generous person who loved her Lord and Savior, and will now be with him for eternity.
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