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Sonja Apking age 95

Posted: 12 September, 2012

Funeral services for Sonja Apking, age 95 of Laurel will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday (9/18) at the United Lutheran Church in Laurel.  Interment: Obert Cemetary in Obert.  Officiates: Rev. Shawn Apking & Rev. Todd Thelen. She passed away Monday (9/10) at her home in Laurel.  Visitation is Monday (9/17) 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church in Laurel with family present.  Hasemann Funeral Home of Laurel is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory

( Age 95 ) Sonja Apking (Laurel, Nebraska)

October 28, 1916               Obert, Nebraska

Entered Into Rest

September 10, 2012     Laurel, Nebraska

A Christian Service

 United Lutheran Church   Laurel, Nebraska

Tuesday    11:00 a.m.   September 18, 2012


Rev. Todd Thelen   Rev. Shawn Apking


Amazing Grace”  “How Great Thou Art

Organist   Glenda Johnson


Richard Leger     Cody Leger   

Jarrett Leger     Keith Nielsen  

Marvin Ellyson      Josh Clise


Obert Cemetery   Obert, Nebraska

Hasemann Funeral Homes


     Sonja Ann Marie Apking was born October 28, 1916 to Nels and Tonetta (Olsen) Nielsen on a farm near Obert.  She attended rural school near her home and during her late teens she was employed as a nanny.  She was a member of the Baptist faith.  In June of 1936 she married Clarence Apking.  They enjoyed life in over 10 locations including the state of Washington during World War II and Colorado in the 50’s and 60’s.  She worked at various occupations during her lifetime.  Sonja also volunteered with the 4-H and American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and traveling to the states of Nevada, Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Alabama to visit children and grandchildren.

     Sonja is survived by her son, Perry (Lila) Apking of Frisco, TX; daughters, Claire (John) Leger of Laurel and Elaine (Harry) Linn of Fort Payne, AL; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; sister, Neletta (Ralph) Norris of Denver, CO; nieces and nephews.

     Sonja was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence in 1982; son, Larry in 2007; siblings, Lydia,  Matthew and Obed Nielsen.


God looked around his garden

And saw an empty space

He then looked down from Heaven

And saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you

And took you in His care.

To make up for all you suffered,

He wanted you up there.

It broke our hearts to see you go,

But you didn’t go alone-

For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home.


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