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Obituary: Rolly Ernest Sonnefeld, Columbus

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Rolly Ernest Sonnefeld, 92, of North Vance Street, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012, at 11:35 p.m. at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Sonnefeld was born in Indianapolis, IN, on November 29, 1919, the son of the late Frederick W. and Nona P. Burrows Sonnefeld.

He married Geneva “Gene” Smith in Louisville, KY, on May 31, 1940, and she survives.

Mr. Sonnefeld began as a messenger boy at Postal Telegraph which later became Western Union Telegraph where he was manager until the office closed in 1972. He then worked at Meshberger Stone, Inc.

He proudly served his country overseas in the United States Army during World War II, was wounded twice in Germany and received two Bronze Stars.

Mr. Sonnefeld was a member of the Hope American Legion.

A private graveside service will be conducted Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Garland Brook Cemetery, with Rev. John Sichting officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Sonnefeld family at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Myers-Reed Chapel.

Along with his loving wife of 72 years, Mr. Sonnefeld is also survived by a son, Larry E. Sonnefeld, and a daughter, Sonnie Brock, both of Columbus, IN; a grandson, Shawn (Cindy) Brock of Indianapolis, IN; a granddaughter, Shannon (Gary) Thalls of Columbus, IN; five great-grandchildren, Kortney, Kami and Brock Thalls, all of Columbus, IN, and Elayna and Orin Brock, both of Indianapolis, IN; and a sister, Marjorie Allison of Middleton, IN.

Along with his parents, Mr. Sonnefeld was also preceded in death by a brother, Fred Sonnefeld; a sister, Louise Strong; a son-in-law, Michael H. Brock; and a great-grandson, Jacob Matthew Thalls.

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