Sondra ‘Sonni’ A. Hettman, 88, of La Crosse, Wis., passed away on Sunday March 22, 2020 at Brookdale Assisted Living. She was born in Mansfield Ohio on March 14, 1932 to Robert and Dorothy (Morris) Barnett. She married Gary Hettman on June 29, 1957 in St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse.
Sonni loved anything that got her outdoors including camping, fishing, motorcycling, and being by the river on the houseboat. She was active in her Bridge Club, the Red Hat Society, and was a DVIP for New Horizons Women’s Shelter. She loved her dogs and kitties throughout her life and enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. Most of all, she cherished spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Sonni was a loving kind gentle caring and giving person; she would do anything for you whether you were family, friend or someone she just met. Everyone who knew this beautiful soul loved her and she returned that love ten fold!
Gone from our sight but forever in our hearts.
She is survived by her two daughters, Teresa ( husband Ric ) Morton and Lisa Hettman; two granddaughters Amanda ( husband Isaac ) Chase and Emily Reardon ( significant other Billy Yang), and one great granddaughter Isadora Chase.
Sonni was preceded in death by her husband Gary. Sonni will be inurned next to Gary at the Catholic Cemetery in La Crosse.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers who assisted Sonni.
In honor of Sonni’s wishes, there will be no services. Due to COVID-19, a Celebration of Life will be planned in the future.
Memorials are preferred to New Horizons Women’s Shelter or Tabby Town.
Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com
“Red Feathered Soul”
“When you’re lost or feeling down,
Don’t despair, just look around.
God made me red so you would see,
I still exist outside your memory.
I make my visits in bright daylight.
You’ll hear my song in distant flight.
My cardinal song is a call to you.
To tell you that I miss you too.
I am everywhere and finally free,
Like love you cannot touch our see.
You’ll see me in the trees and skies,
I didn’t leave you, love never dies.”