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Everest Edward `Ev` Sonsalla , Age 89

March 19, 1932 --November 12, 2021

Everest Edward "Ev" Sonsalla, age 89 of West Baraboo, passed away on Friday November 12, 2021 unexpectedly at home.

He was born in Independence, WI on March 19, 1932 to parents Ignatius and Catherine (Woychik) Sonsalla. Ev married Dorothy Habermeyer on June 6, 1956.

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.

He attended Independence schools from grade school until high school, and he graduated college from UW River Falls. He was a teacher at Dorchester, WI, later enlisting in the Army as a Sergeant in both Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Rucker in Alabama; and after honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to teaching in Portage, WI.

Ev was the Boy Scout Master for several years for troop #93. He enjoyed camping at Double KD Ranch with a pink camper, as well as camping with family and scouts. He loved helping people with any building projects, he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a member of Knights of Columbus #746 and Elks Club, devout member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo, he was a member of the St. Joseph Parish Council, acting as the president for several years, and ushered for many years. He was involved in the pancake breakfasts for the Knights of Columbus.

Ev adored his grandchildren, and always took the opportunity to go on school trips or other functions with them. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were extremely important to him. He enjoyed gardening, canning, playing cards, dominos, working on his HAHSA; a waste oil burner to heat the home and the office, and he went to many farmers and businesses to collect their waste oil.

He is survived by 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. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, 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, very dear cousins and many, many friends.

Ev was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; his parents; son, David Sonsalla; siblings, Bernice (Dick) Boland and their son Rick, John Sonsalla, Beatrice (Sister Jean) Sonsalla; siblings-in-law, Bill (Phyllis) Habermeyer and their son Wayne, Emery (Mabel) Habermeyer, Patricia Gebert and her daughter Donna, Ruth (Wayne) Bischel. And Ev and Dorothys special dog, Tanner.

A memorial mass is being held at Noon on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church Thursday. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with military honors. The Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo.

As Ev would often say, "dont take any wooden nickels" and "keep smiling."


Cheryl Fay November 14, 2021

Ex wife to Dan Sonsalla Ronan , Montana

Ev was amaze man raise great kids love him .

Dan & Heather St. Pierre November 14, 2021

Cousins West Melbourne , Florida

So sorry, you and the family are in our thoughts...

Dori Lynn Wetherelt November 14, 2021

Friend East Helena , Montana

I am so very saddened to read of the passing of Grandpa Ev. He was a loving, kind, funny, wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. His dedication and love to his God, family, friends and community were inspiring and he will be deeply missed. I am sending love, prayers, strength and peace to all my dear Sonsallas. God bless, Dori Lynn

Tom November 14, 2021

Friend Gilman

So sorry for your loss...prayers to the Sonsalla family and friends

Lisa Meyer Stolp November 15, 2021

Family friend Manitowwoc , Wisconsin

My condolences to the Sonsalla Family. Ev was a wonderful man loved by all. I will miss his smile and hugs. Our families have many fond memories together. Ev and Miss Dorothy were a very special couple. The Baraboo community was so lucky to have them.

Virg Peckham November 15, 2021

Friend Richland Center , Wisconsin

I didn't know Ev for a long time ,but found him to be very, very friendly and outgoing. I shall miss him and his friendly greetings.

Mary Hyde & Bill November 16, 2021

First cousin Sparta , Wisconsin

Dear Family, It is with deep regrets that we cannot attend the services. Mary will be out of state. Ev was always a special cousin to us Adolph Sonsalla kids. We enjoyed his laughter, big smiles & sincere hugs ! So many happy memories at family gatherings & picnics. Knowing he is with sweet Dorothy now in Heaven fills my heart. Love and sincere sympathy to each of you. You were blessed to have had a great dad and mentor. Lovingly, Mary ((Sonsalla) & Bill Hyde

Dr. Don & Verna Sonsalla November 18, 2021

cousin White Bear Lake , Minnesota

Ev was one of the great American Heroes. He served his country, his family, his church and his community well. He gave so much to so many. Sorry to say we can not be there to give condolences. He will be missed