Sonja Rosilie Holmes Lantinen Ruechel, 78, passed away Feb. 7, 2018, at Aurora Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis., with her family by her side. Sonja was born on Jan. 19, 1940, in Iron River, Mich., to Victor and Diolet (Strom) Holmes. 
    Sonja married Wayne Ruechel on Jan. 27, 1962, in Florence, Wis. She graduated from Florence High School and gained her teachers certificate at Marinette County Normal. She worked as a nurses’ aide at Marinette County General Hospital while continuing her schooling. After a short time at teaching, she returned to being a nurses’ aide.
Sonja is survived by her husband of 56 years, Wayne Ruechel; their children: Alan (Charissa) Ruechel, Steven (Amy) Ruechel, and Audra (Eric) Kollross; brothers: Dewey (Patricia) Lantinen and Wayne Lantinen; sister, Sharon Demboski;  five grandchildren: Chevie (Elizabeth) Kollross, Ian Payne, Patience Kollross, Connor Ruechel and Abby Ruechel; and great-granddaughter, Sophie Kollross.
Visitation will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Marinette, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by a service.
Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home is assisting the family.