Sonja J. (Sime) Reiland
Sonja J. Reiland, 73, of Clarion passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sonja Reiland will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, 608 2nd Avenue North East, in Clarion with Father Nils Hernandez officiating. Interment will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East, in Clarion with a Scriptural Wake Service beginning at 7:00 PM.
Sonja Julienne Reiland was born September 30, 1940, to Julian and Velma (Riley) Sime in Iowa Falls.
Sonja graduated from Dows High School in 1958, and attended the University of Wyoming where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Sonja taught elementary and preschool for over 30 years, including 5 years in Clarion at the beginning of her career.
Sonja was united in marriage to Rich Reiland on December 26, 1964, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clarion. The couple lived in Falls Church, Virginia for 27 years before returning to Clarion in 1999.
Sonja enjoyed attending musicals, loved to read and was a member of a local book club. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clarion.
Sonja is survived by her husband of 48 years, Rich Reiland of Clarion; daughter Julene Reiland Slusher and her husband Randy of Reston, Virginia; sister Judy Griffin and her husband Marv of Altoona; brother Larry Sime of Des Moines; mother-in-law Shi Reiland of Clarion; brothers-in-law Ronny Reiland and wife Mary of Savanna, Illinois and Dwight Reiland and wife Dee of Clarion; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Sonja was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law Duane Reiland and Tim Reiland.