In Memory of

Dawn Sonksen

August 27, 1943 - May 17, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Dawn Sonksen, the daughter of Glen and Phyllis (Wilkinson) Parker, was born August 27, 1943, in Cherokee, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Cherokee where she attended school. She was united in marriage to Ronald Shaefer. Dawn was later united in marriage to Roger Sonksen on November 27, 1961 in Cherokee In 1971, the family moved to an acreage by Larrabee, IA. They resided there for many years before moving back to Cherokee in 2012. . Dawn worked as a homemaker raising her children. She also worked as a waitress for many years and had most recently worked security for Wells Fargo before retiring in 2009.

 Dawn was an avid reader and enjoyed studying the Bible. She also liked to watch  birds, crochet, and bake. She was known to make the best pumpkin bars according to her grandchildren. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

 On Friday, May 18, 2019, Dawn passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 75. She was preceded in Death by her husband, Roger Sonksen; parents, Glen and Phyllis Parker; one brother, Tom Parker; and two sisters, Glenda Johnson and Bonnie Jean Parker.

 She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Gary (Sherry) Shaefer of Cherokee, IA, Dean (Sherri) Sonksen of Montana, and Nick (Shawna) Sonksen of Sioux City, IA; 12 grandchildren: Amber, Autumn, Shanon, Richie, Shayla, Matthew, Camron, Matt, Brittany, Brady, Skylar, Raegan; five great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Larry Ostercamp
Matt Keyser
Richie Keyser
Kevin Sonksen
Mike Sonksen
Matt Leckband
Brandon Johnson
Public visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8:41 AM
“Gary, so sorry for the loss of your mother. We will keep you and the Sonksen's in our prayers. What a beautiful tribute. ”
- Kevin Robbins
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Paulette. Kroll
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