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Franklin E. Sonderegger, 92, of L'Anse, passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, Iron Mountain.
He was born July 8, 1925, in Midland, son of the late Jacob and Lena (Publeo) Sonderegger. Franklin grew up in Midland and before graduating high school, entered the United States Army, serving in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge, he resided in Traverse City, where he was employed as a superintendent for the Union from 1950 until his retirement in 1990.
In 2005 Franklin moved to L'Anse. where he enjoyed fishing, golfing, shopping for great deals and the outdoors.
He is survived by two sons, Bryant (Terry) Sonderegger, Nisula and Jacob (Cleo) Sonderegger, Traverse City; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis (Gerst) Sonderegger, 1993 and second wife, Pauline (Dennis) Sonderegger, 2015; one son, Phillip Sonderegger; one daughter, Cathy Olson; four brothers, Laura, Dwight, Karl and Walt; one sister, Barbara Paquette; and one grandson, Phillip Olson.
Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Franklin or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Franklin's legacy of life.
Published on September 16, 2017
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