Christine M. (Fairfield) Sonn (1920 - 2014)

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GREENFIELD - Christine Mary (Fairfield) Sonn, 93, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility, surrounded by her loving family.
Christine was born Sept. 3, 1920 in Wilton, N.H., the daughter of Edward L. and Velma T. (Nickerson) Fairfield. She grew up in Wilton, N.H., where she lived for many years, graduating from Wilton High School in 1938. She then moved to Milford following her marriage to David. They then moved on to Fitchburg, returning to Milford and then to Athol, for over 30 years. In 1993, she moved to Montague and since 2004 has resided in Greenfield.
Christine worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Athol Memorial Hospital for over 20 years, where she also received her nurses training. She also worked at a nursing home in Milford for many years.
While living in Milford she was very active at the Milford United Methodist Church, was part of the ""Helping Hands"" group at the church, member of the Milford Senior Citizens Club, Lioness of the Milford Lions Club and was a member of AARP, national and local chapters.
Christine leaves three sons, Thomas J. Sonn of Leesburg, FL, David E. Sonn of Hamilton, NY, and James W. Fairfield-Sonn of Old Lyme, CT; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Alvin Fairfield of Concord, NH, and a sister, Margaret Shaw of Wilton, NH, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, David A. Sonn, who died in 2000; a daughter, Martha C. Castine, who died in 2013; three brothers, Otis, Amos and Winston Fairfield; four sisters, Helen Lorette, Velma Swain, Jerry Bergeron and Peg Bischoff.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Milford, NH, in May at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Christine's name be made to: the Athol Area YMCA, 545 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 3, 2014