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James F Sonnen

April 17, 1936 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

James Sonnen Obituary

James Francis Sonnen passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood at the age of 87. He was born April 17, 1936 to Harry & Margaret (Kaus) Sonnen. He attended the Stock Creek School until 8th grade, graduating from Greencreek High School in 1954, where he excelled in sports, though baseball was his favorite.

After graduation, Dad joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. While in Korea, he was chosen to play on an exhibition baseball team as their pitcher. Upon returning home, he married Mardel Wessels on July 13, 1957. He was employed at local sawmills, while also farming. Dad was a hard worker and had a strong work ethic. He had a great love for the outdoors and spent much of his time hunting, camping, fishing and making firewood. He was well known for his gardening and loved to share his produce. 

He is survived by his daughters Cheryl Sonnen, of Lewiston; Aleta Coppernoll, Laurie (Rick) Workman, Sharon (Joe) Schaeffer, & Susan (Lynn) Guyer, all of Cottonwood. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mardel; son-in-law, Keith Coppernoll; his parents; his sisters Margie Smith, Joan Schussler, Darlene Von Bargen, Wilma Whitlock, & Kathy Banks; and his brothers Jerry Sonnen & infant brother, Edward Sonnen. 

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 at Assumption Church in Ferdinand, with dinner to follow at the Ferdinand Hall.  A private family graveside service will take place at a later date.  Blackmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences to the family at

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Memorial Mass
March 16, 2024

10:30 AM
Assumption Catholic Church
460 Maple Street
Ferdinand, ID 83526


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