Sonja Council

Obituary of Sonja Wilson Council

Mrs. Sonja Council suddenly left this life of 74 years for her place in Heaven on May 26th, 2022.  Born March 19, 1948 in Lake City Florida, she is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Michael “Mike” D Council Sr. and mother and father Hilda and John Wilson.

Sonja was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She survived by her son Michael Jr and daughter-n-law Robin, and three granddaughters Makenzie, Madelynn, and Macey Council. She is also survived by her youngest son Jason Emmett Council.  Sonja leaves two brothers, Karl (Doris) Wilson and Keith (Maxine) Wilson.  Sister, Glenda Kaye Oliverio.  Sister-n-laws, Gail and John Paulk and Betty Jo Council as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Sonja was married for 46 years to Michael “Mike” D. Council Sr.  Giving birth to two children, Michael D Council Jr and Jason E Council.  She was a graduate of Mulberry High School and the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Education.  Sonja taught elementary school for a number of years, and once she began having children transitioned to homemaker. Sonja was instrumental in founding M.D. Council and Sons of which she held the officer’s position of Secretary and managed all administrative and bookkeeping activities. One of Sonja’s passions was the Ruskin Woman's Club, where she was an active member for 42 years.  She was currently serving as trustee, and had been chair of the Hostess Committee, chair of the annual Christmas Tea for multiple years and co-chair of the annual Sweetheart Tea event, as well as past club President.

Sonja loved to cook and bake for her family and friends. She spent time canning tomatoes and making jelly from numerous fresh fruits. She loved the company of her three granddaughters helping her in the kitchen with holiday desserts and teaching them the best baking tips. She was a devout Christian and very passionate about spending time with family. Sonja will be remembered for her loving personality, kind soul, generosity, humor and of course her amazing southern cooking.

Services will be held at Sun City Funeral Home.  A viewing will be held Thursday June 2nd from 5-7 pm and service Friday June 3rd at 10am followed by a burial service (for those who would like to attend) at Bethlehem Memorial Cemetery (17385 Bethlehem Rd.  Lithia, 33574).  Approximately 1pm.

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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Sun City Center Funeral Home
1851 Rickenbacker Dr.
Sun City Center, Florida, United States

Memorial Service

10:00 am
Friday, June 3, 2022
Sun City Center Funeral Home
1851 Rickenbacker Dr.
Sun City Center, Florida, United States
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