Sonja Rae Knutson, age 84, passed away on Dec. 29, 2021, in Chetek, Wis.

Sonja was born on Mar. 22, 1937, to Selma and Michael Zobrak in Rice Lake, Wis.

Sonja attended grade school at Africa School & Prairie Lake Heights School, graduating at the age of 12 from eighth grade. She then went on to graduate from Chetek High school in 1953. She was baptized and had her confirmation at the New Scandinavian Church. Sonja married Chester Bowers on Feb. 6, 1954. After 30 years of marriage, Chester sadly passed away on Mar. 29, 1984. Sonja went on to marry Burton Knutson on May 22, 1994, at the Chetek Lutheran Church. After nearly 18 years of marriage, Burton passed away on Apr. 10, 2012.

Sonja was a farmer’s wife and absolutely loved the country life. She was chosen as Barron County’s Farm Woman of 1986. She was a 4-H leader and officer for years. Sonja worked with Laotian families, was a part of the F.H.A. Board and taught Sunday school as a member of Chetek Lutheran Church. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, and thrift sales, especially shopping for Luther World Relief Kits.

She will be greatly missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Selma and Michael Zobrak; first husband, Chester Bowers; second husband, Burton Knutson; daughter, Denise Murch; and siblings, Norton Zobrak and Kathleen Weller.

Sonja is survived by her children, Rick (Kathy) Bowers, Deslyn (Steve) Dahlquist, and Rodney (Shari) Bowers; son-in-law, Karl Murch; stepchildren, Lori (Jeff) Pfaff, Jim Knutson, and Jerry Knutson; step-grandchildren, Katelyn (Noah) Musial and Morgan Pfaff; grandchildren, Kelli (Brian) Donohoo, Erik (Brea) Murch, Kerri (Joe) Witschen, Bradley (Stephanie) Bowers, Bryan Bowers, Blake (Angela) Bowers, Kirsten (Kevin) Van Camp, Joshua Bowers, Brandyn (Madison) Dahlquist, and Jayson Dahlquist; great grandchildren, Masen, Rylen and Adylen Donohoo, Mayla and Kaia Murch, Ellia and Colden Witschen, and Madison and Brooks Bowers; sister, Carla Oftedahl; as well as many other loving family and friends.

A memorial service for Sonja was held on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at the Chetek Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Funeral Home in Chetek, Wisconsin.

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