Sonja Rane Namtvedt (1982 - 2018)

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Sonja Rane Namtvedt, 35, passed away on Jan. 11, 2018, at her home in Wasilla, Alaska, due to complications from drowning in early childhood.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Wasilla, 900 North Leatherleaf Loop, with Pastor Steve Shrimplin officiating; pot luck and fellowship to follow.
Sonja was born on Jan. 20, 1982, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Tom and Teri (Lewis) Namtvedt. She attended Denali, Sherrod, Finger Lake and Tanina Elementary, Colony Middle School and graduated from Wasilla High School, class of 2004.
Sonja lived with severe disabilities, but through the assistance of her wonderful care providers and family, she was able to visit Hawaii twice; participate with her family in a Mexican cruise where she swam with dolphins in Mazatlan; visit Disney World; and travel to see relatives in Florida, California, Oregon and Minnesota.
As a small child Sonja lived in Cordova and Soldotna, Alaska. In August 1983, the family moved to Anchorage, staying there until June of 1990 and then moved to Wasilla. Sonja enjoyed live music, theater, hot-tubbing, being read to and going outdoors to enjoy nature. She loved all animals. She participated in Special Olympics bowling. During the holidays, Sonja volunteered as a Christmas bell ringer at Wasilla Fred Meyer.
"Sonja's life was short and yet, much longer than most expected due the exceptional care provided to her over the years by many care providers. She touched many lives and taught us all so much about empathy, patience, kindness, perseverance, joy in simple things and unconditional love. We want to thank all the care providers, therapists and physicians that helped make Sonja's life journey possible. She is now finally free. We will miss her."
She is survived by her parents, Tom and Teri Namtvedt; brother, Erik Namtvedt; sister, Heidi (Josh) Peters; grandmother, Arlene Wise; grandfather, Bud (Karla) Lewis; uncles, Mike (Cindy) Lewis and Pat (Ellen) Lewis; aunts, Katchen Helwig and Melissa (Bill) Wendell; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Sonja is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ingvald and Emma Namtvedt; and aunt, Ann Nielsen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hope Community Resources, Mat-Su Animal Shelter, Alaska SPCA or First Baptist Church of Wasilla.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 28, 2018
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