Bruce A. Sonnenberg, 79, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on the morning of Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Bruce was born on August 22, 1941 in Michigan City, IN to Russell and Edith (Lasky) Sonnenberg.
After graduating from high school, Bruce enlisted in the US Navy for 8 years and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Later on, Bruce was stationed at China Lake Naval Weapons Center in California. He eventually became a long-term resident of Ridgecrest, CA, where he enjoyed attending car shows, restoring old cars and spending time with his loved ones. Bruce was a devoted and loving father of three, as well as a grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bruce is survived by his children: Robert A. Sonnenberg of Ridgecrest, CA, Brenda L. Sonnenberg-Young of Gilbert, AZ and Brian L. Sonnenberg of Ridgecrest, CA; 8 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother Lane (Shirley) Sonnenberg, Sr. of Union Mills, IN; nephew Lane (Amanda) Sonnenberg, Jr. of Mill Creek, IN; niece April (Bob) Sonnenberg-Salat of Michigan City, IN; former spouse of 20 years and mother of his three children, Beverly Sonnenberg; special friend and former partner of 36 years, Barbara Sempert; special friend Lucinda Sutt; as well as a host of additional friends, extended family members and loved ones. Bruce was preceded in death by both of his parents.
Memorial services for Mr. Bruce Sonnenberg will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST at Palmer Funeral Homes – West Chapel, 2702 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, IN 46628. Friends may call on the family for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Pastor Greg Crump to officiate. Memorial donations may be made in Bruce’s honor to any charity organization of the donor’s choice. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
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