|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2006|
KAPLAN – Adam Sonnier was called to eternal life in Christ on Monday, August 14, 2006 at his home in rural Kaplan at the age of 87.
The Rite of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Leroy, with Fr. Greg Semien officiating. Interment will be at the Leroy Cemetery Mausoleum Number 1 and will include a military salute and taps under the direction of Duhon Funeral Home of Rayne.
Visitation will be observed Tuesday from 11 a.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. until time of service.
He began his life in Wright near Gueydan. The oldest son of Theodore and Azetilde Lege Sonnier. He served in the Army in World War II in the European Theater, and returned home to finish his studies at SLI now ULL. He taught high school sciences and agriculture at Indian Bayou High School and became principal in 1966. He received his masters degree plus thirty hours from LSU and continued at IBHS until his retirement in 1979.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Lafayette on August 10, 1980, and served in Parks, Loreauville, and Leroy before being appointed to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne where he served for sixteen years till his retirement in 1999. He served as administrator of the Christian Service Center during that time among other duties. He had the privilege of baptizing six grandchildren and three great grandchildren during this time.
He served in various capacities in the following organizations through his adult life such as the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lay Carmelites, Knights of Peter Calver and school organizations like Boy Scouts and Future Farmers of America.
He is survived by four children, Marlene S. Foreman and her husband Jime of Rayne; Annette S. Rice of Rayne; Francis Sonnier of New Iberia;Teresa S., Leonard and her Husband, Mark of New Iberia; his nine grandchildren, Christopher, Melanie and Jonathan Foreman and his wife, Kim T. Foreman; Albert Nolan, Jr. and Jude Rice; and Aaron, Mitchell, Brian and Sarah Leonard; his three great grandchildren, Brock and Austin Nolan and Kaycee Foreman; two brothers, Rev. Alcide Sonnier and Ivy Sonnier; and one sister, Agnes S. Guillory. He is survived by his faithful caregiver Vivian Rougeux and family. He is also survived by his faithful caregiver of five years Carolyn Gary and her family.
He is preceded in death by his wife of over 51 years Ena C. Descant Sonnier; his parents, Theodore Sonnier and Azetilde Lege; one sister, Yvonne S. Derrick, and one brother, T.J. Sonnier.
Pallbearers are Francis Sonnier, Jonathan Foreman, Jude Rice, Mitchell and Brian Leonard.
Throughout his years of service he touched many lives. He was known, loved and respected by many in his community and beyond.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. or to the Diocese of Lafayette permanent Diaconate Fund.
Duhon Funeral Home of Rayne is in charge of arrangements.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Dec 24, 2006
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