Sonia Ann (Scholl) Wilson
Sonia Wilson, 84, of Iowa City passed away at Mercy Hospital on Monday, December 2nd, following a lengthy illness. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 1:30 pm at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Iowa City. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 pm. Because of Sonia's passion for education, specifically music education, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to either The University of Northern Iowa School of Music Scholarship Fund or Belmond-Klemme Community Schools Scholarship Fund.
Sonia was born on November 10, 1929 in Middleport, Ohio to Konrad and Ondine Scholl. She attended schools in Middleport and Pomeroy, Ohio as well as Hays, Kansas and Casper, Wyoming. She graduated from high school in Boone, Iowa in 1948. She was the Concert Mistress of the very first Iowa All State Orchestra in 1946 and Co-Concert Mistress in 1947. She continued her education at Iowa State Teachers College, graduating with a B.A. in Music Education in 1952. She married Robert J. Wilson in December of 1952 in Boone, Iowa.
Sonia began her teaching career in the fall of 1952 in Toledo, Iowa where she taught K-12 vocal music. She continued her teaching career in Alexander, Iowa where she taught K-12 vocal and instrumental music until 1957. Following a twelve-year absence, to raise her three boys, Sonia began teaching again in Belmond, Iowa in 1969. She taught middle school instrumental music there until her retirement in 1992. During her teaching tenure in Belmond, she also directed Belmond Methodist Church choir and the Belmond Community Chorus for several years.
Sonia treasured her family above all other things. She was blessed with three boys - Scott, Bruce and Brian. She was most proud of her two grandchildren - Colin and Kayci.
She is survived by her husband, Robert and their three sons, Scott (Mondy Raibon) of Patterson, New York, Bruce (Cathy) Wilson of Iowa City and Brian Wilson of Hutchinson, Kansas; grandchildren Colin Wilson of Iowa City and Kayci Wilson of Hutchinson, Kansas.
Sonia was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter-in-law Julie.
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Services in Iowa City is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 6, 2013