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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA

OBITUARY

Gerald J. Sonnenberg

November 6, 1933November 27, 2019
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Gerald J. Sonnenberg, 86, of Athens, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Born on November 6, 1933 in LaSalle, Illinois to the late Mary and Phil Sonnenberg, he was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Sonnenberg married Kathleen Ann Anglevar in September 1957. The family relocated from Illinois to Athens in 1975. Mr. Sonnenberg worked for General Time Corporation in Illinois and Athens and retired as purchasing manager in 1999. Upon retirement, Jerry was most recognizable as the "on-site" manager of the Hull Street parking lot on UGA football Saturdays. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, had a love of God and put family first in his life. His favorite times were shared with family.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Sonnenberg was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. Survivors include wife of 62 wonderful years, Kathleen Ann Anglevar Sonnenberg of Athens; daughter, Jill S. Leysath of Braselton, Georgia; grandchildren, Hannah Justine Leysath and Luke Thomas Leysath; a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home, 3195 Atlanta Hwy., Athens.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 958 Epps Bridge Pkwy., Athens. Jerry's cousin, Rev. Robert Gielow will perform the funeral mass. Entombment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: St. Mary's Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Rd., Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.BernsteinFuneralHome.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 6, 2019

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Martha Richards

December 5, 2019

I spent many wonderful years with Jerry, working with him at General Time Corporation (Westclox). He was my Purchasing Manager, and I was one of his Buyers.

We worked on many projects brainstorming for cost savings ideas for the company. He had such tenancy...working diligently to support his employees to “do the job right...the first time”.

My deepest sympathy to Kathy, Jill, Hannah, and Luke, Love always. Martha Richards

Andre Richards

December 5, 2019

Jerry's smile was a ray of sunshine and he always smiled whenever he spoke of Kathy and his family.

I want to extend my deepest condolences.

Kind regards,
Ms Andre Richards

richard gielow

December 4, 2019

One thing that always stood out to me was his love for family.
Not only his own personal family but his extended families both
in La Salle, IL and in Georgia. Im sure he was pleased to see the
bulldogs in the top four in the country. He will be missed but
there are so many people in heaven waiting to be with him
once again... Special prayers and thoughts for Kathy.

john gruca

December 4, 2019

We always loved when Gerry and Kathy would come to our houseboat for laughs, great food and cocktails. He lived every day to the fullest. With all our love John and Cindy Gruca

Pam/Dennis Whitfield

November 30, 2019

So sorry to read this notice today. The Sonnenberg`s were our neighbors...good neighbors in Holiday Estates years ago. Jill, their daughter played with our children. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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