Jean Sonnek

  • Born: February 25, 1955
  • Died: July 24, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean Marie Sonnek, age 65, of Easton, MN died Friday, July 24, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at OLMC Catholic Church in Easton, MN with Fr. Greg Havel and Deacon Gene Paul officiating for Jean's immediate family. Public visitation will be held Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells MN, from 4:00-7:00 PM for family and friends. Face masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed. Interment will be in OLMC Catholic Cemetery-Barber Twp., Faribault Co., MN.
Jean was born February 25, 1955 in Heron Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Ardyth "Ardie" (Weiland) Koch. Jean married Brian F. Sonnek November 10, 1973. To this union the couple had three boys. Jean was a member and worked at OLMC Catholic school in the office, sat on the school board as President, and worked in the OLMC church office. Jean also cooked at The Club for many years. She loved flowers, cooking for her family, sharing recipes, and deck visits with family and friends.
Jean is survived by her husband of 47 years, Brian of Easton, MN; 2 sons: Jamie Sonnek (Jean Busse) of Easton, MN and Ryan (Katie) Sonnek of Easton, MN. Grandchildren: Aiden and Tegan Sonnek, Jake Sonnek, Kennedy Howe, and Kaitlyn Busse; Mother: Ardie (Doug) Esser of Minnesota Lake, MN; Siblings: Jane (Donnie) McGregor of Minnesota Lake, MN, Julie Koch (Terry Jaeger) of Minnesota Lake, MN, Jeff Koch of Blue Earth, MN, Jason (Kelli) Koch of New Ulm, MN; Sister-in-law: Terri Nuehalfen of Florida; along with Brian's siblings and their families and a host of terrific friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her father James, infant son, 2 brothers: John and Jimmy; and her mother and father-in-law.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Brian & family,

So sorry for your loss, Jean was a woman not afraid to speak her mind, a lady willing to step up and help anyone in need! She did so much in the town...truly another pillar of the EASTON area community.
Our sympathies to you all, Meg, Ryan, Claire and Alex.

Posted by Meg Tibodeau - Albert Lea, MN - Friend   July 29, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will not be able to make it to the visitation but I am thinking of you guys during this hard time. Let me know if I can do anything for you.

Posted by Tyler Stindtman - Easton, MN - Friend   July 29, 2020

Dear Brian and family,
My sympathy and much sorrow , at this loss. My brother, George, was concerned about you and family. They are up North these days.
I have been remembering your Mother, Mary Jane. She was one of my favorite aunts- What a gift. Of course ,she was usually the 'Martha' in creating the kitchen goodies. I think I recall Jean doing the same at the Easton 'diner'.
My nephew Rick , is experiencing the loss of Kandy , this week. The rejoicing in Heaven ,just with family , must be wondrous. I join all ,and , each of us in the prayer of Sorrow . Hoping it can lead us to receive both Jean and Kandy's
songs of Gratitude for their journeys of life.
My prayer , with much love, Sister Carmen Sonnek


Posted by Carmen Sonnek - Rochester, MN - Family   July 29, 2020

Jean was a great gal to know and I will miss seeing her at the Club and at family events. Hugs to the family.

Posted by Sheila Laffey - Good Thunder, MN   July 28, 2020

So very sorry for this sudden and unexpected loss. Know that you and your family are being lifted in prayer.

Posted by John & Joanne Tibodeau    July 28, 2020

To all of Jean's family,
I am so sorry to hear of Jean's death. My thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with you all.

Posted by Marlys Schultz - Mankato, MN - Friend   July 27, 2020


rest in peace beautiful angel ❤

Posted by mckenzie Koch - Palm beach, FL - Family   July 25, 2020

Brian, was so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. We all had some great memories from our younger years. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time. Stay strong and you have my truely heart-felt condolenses.

Posted by Steve Braunshausen - Noffolk, VA - Friend   July 25, 2020

Oh my friend, how do we move on. I will miss your smile, your kind and warm personality. I know you and Sherry W. Will be in the garden just hug her let her know I will be along... Love you my friend...

Posted by Sarah Meyer - Winnebago, MN - Friend   July 25, 2020

Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Connie Martin - Wells, MN - Acquaintance   July 25, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss she will live on forever in your hearts You will be missed RIP Jean

Posted by Terri Neuhalfen - Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Family   July 25, 2020