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Sonja N. Patzer

Sonja Nettie Patzer of Woodburn died at the age of 71 on July 19, 2013, after a very courageous battle with a long-term illness.  She was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Ryder, N.D., to Oscar and Alice (Jandera) Vasfaret.by: SUBMITTED - Sonja N. Patzer

Sonja graduated from North Salem High School. She also attended Portland State University and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Sonja was employed at Portland State University for 17.5 years before retiring. She was affiliated with Woodburn Eagles Lodge. Sonja enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Sonja is survived by her long-term partner, James Gowdy of Woodburn; daughters Tanya Jean Andersen of Tualatin and Tyrene Jill Dailey of Salem; brothers Oscar Lewis Vasfaret of Sweet Home and Gordon Paul Vasfaret of Glendale, Ariz.; sisters Adeline Carol Blair of Port Orchard, Wash., and Faye Lou Roundtree of Federal Way, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Private interment at Belle Passi Memorial Mausoleum in Woodburn.

Arrangements by Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, Woodburn.