In Memory of Sonya Ward

Sharing of Stories

7:00 pm
Friday November 8, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home Hudson
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday November 8, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home Hudson
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

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Sonya Marie Ward, age 49, of Hudson, WI, passed away unexpectedly at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Sonya was born in South Carolina to parents Chuck & Sandy Berry. She was their favorite daughter from the moment she was born. When Sonya was young, her family relocated to Texas for some years before settling in the Cottage Grove, MN area, where she graduated from Park High School. In October of 1999, Sonya married her best friend, Tony Ward, in South St. Paul, MN. Their 20 years together were full of happiness & adventure. The pair loved to travel; & Sonya’s favorite place to go was Las Vegas, NV. At home, Sonya could be found watching scary movies, working in the yard, or spending time with her cats. She was a self-described “crazy cat lady,” & she worked hard taking care of her adopted fur babies & finding homes for ones that she couldn’t keep herself. Though keeping track of Tony & the cats was her primary job in recent years, Sonya also worked at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, for over 20 years. Her wonderful spirit, sensational sense of humor, & kind heart will be missed by people & cats alike.

Sonya will remain in the hearts of her beloved husband, Tony; children, Ashley Berry of Hammond, WI & Alex Ward of Hudson, WI; grandson, Braydn Chiles; parents, Chuck & Sandy Berry of Hammond, WI; parents-in-law, George & Gerrie of McGregor, MN; brothers, Sean (Lori Herman) Berry of Hastings, MN & Shad (April) Berry of Hastings, MN; dear friend, Kari Knutson of Pine Island, MN; her cats, Daisy & Lilly; as well as countless cousins, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, & friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Warren & Lois Berry; maternal grandparents, Kenneth & Vada Raanes; & uncle, Kenny Berry.

A Sharing of Stories Honoring Sonya’s Memory will take place at 7:00 PM, Friday, November 8th at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St. S. Hudson, WI, 715-386-3725, with a Visitation preceding the service from 4:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home.