Sonja K. Teigen, January 19, 1944 - February 6, 2019

Sonja K. Teigen
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Sonja K. Teigen, age 75 of Eau Claire passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at home.

She was born on January 19, 1944 to Chester and Bernice (Holversholm) Teigen. She met her companion, Lawrence Risler in 1989.

Sonja loved her church, being creative and painting, playing cards, traveling and flea marketing. She was also very active at the Moose Lodge and playing horseshoes. She was known for wearing funny hats.

She is survived by her loving companion, Lawrence Risler; his children and grandchildren, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Service will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Jim Alhquist officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Eau Claire Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. donna rock February 22, 2019

    We missed seeing you the last few years We enjoyed our meal with you and Dorothy Anderson many years ago. Keep watch over us here on earth because I am sure you are with the angels.

  2. Lori Teigen February 20, 2019

    Rest in peace Sonji. I remember laughing alot with you. You were always full of energy.

  3. Peggy A Simonson February 19, 2019

    Rest in peace Soni. Lots of memories with Chester and Soni when I was a kid and also working at Uniroyal.

  4. Eldora (Johnson Heller) and Merlin Bauer February 19, 2019

    Our condolences on the passing of Soni. I was always happy to see her and call her cousin. She will be greatly missed by a lot of people. It gives us pleasure to think she may be sharing a card game or pitching horseshoes with Eldora's late husband Roger Heller and Eldora's brother, Leland.

  5. Mike and Sonja Thorn February 18, 2019

    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Sonja was a caring and lovely person.
    She worked with my husband, Mike at Uniroyal for many years.
    She had a very kind heart.

    With love and sympathy, Sonja and Mike

  6. Jean (Mrs. Leland) Johnson February 18, 2019

    Larry, I am so sorry for your loss. I always had a great deal of respect for Sonie and really liked her. She was one of a kind. I will miss her smiling face and unique voice. I know you will too. She and Leland are probably playing cards right now!

  7. Bonnie Thalacker February 14, 2019

    I met Sonja a few years ago at Spirit Lutheran. She was helping with voting and we struck up a conversation and exchanged phone numbers. Ever since then for every holiday she has sent me a greeting and a cute holiday picture/meme. Today I sent her a Valentines greeting but it was returned so I knew something was wrong, then I saw the email form Spirit she had passed. I just wanted to let you know her messages always brought a smile to my face every holiday and I will continue to think of her and miss her cheer. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Bonnie Thalacker.

  8. Erick Hoversholm February 12, 2019

    Soni will be missed by anyone who was blessed to get to know her smile, quick wit, and passion for family, friends, baseball, crafting, trivia facts and just talking and catching up. Soni's passion for the things she loved gave her great joy. She always held her faith close and spent countless hours at church sharing her love, talents, and gift to make friends. I was lucky to call her my Godmother and my Cousin, a double connection to a special lady that God used to touch many lives. Soni was always a phone call or letter away-she will be missed! Her spirit, laughter, sense of humor and love of people will carry on through many of us. I take great comfort knowing God welcomed Soni home with the words, well done my faithful servant! Soni Thank You for always being Soni--Much Love and many memories will endure in your memory and honor! Try not to tell too many Norwegian jokes in heaven right away, pace yourself--Love and Hugs!! Erick and Family

  9. Luana Allen February 9, 2019

    What a beautiful, sweet, dear lady. I worked at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Sonja helped in the office all the time. Always wanted to help everyone. A wonderful lady.

  10. Fred Hoversholm February 7, 2019

    I will miss my our cousin Sonja, every night after 1030 we would text etc. talk about old westerns how we couldnt sleep, she never missed a night sending me greetings, pick me ups, talked about family, health, she inspired me and always, always had a joke for everyone to cheer them up, she never complained about her health ever...She called me cuz, and i called her cuz, God bless her for all the those she touched in her very quick witted humor and heartfelt messages to myself and so many, love you, fred hoversholm