In Memory

Katherine Dooley (Sonntag)

Katherine Dooley (Sonntag)

DOB:  7/24/49

DOD:  2/25/18

Katherine 'Kay' Sonntag        

Sonntag, Katherine "Kay" 68, of Long Lake, MN passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. She was a loving grandma to her six grandchildren, a devoted mother to her three children and a beloved wife of 45 years to her husband.

Kay volunteered with Interfaith Outreach.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merlyn and Susan Dooley. She is survived by husband, Robert; son, Matt (Ide); daughters, Megan (Nick) Brown and Rebecca (Stan) Coffin; grandchildren, Gabriella and Fernanda, Connor and Logan, Andrew and Abigail; sister, Ann Dooley (John Dodge); nephew, Chris Dodge; niece, Katie Dodge.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Thursday, March 1, at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Rd 24, Medina, with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment Holy Name Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Interfaith Outreach. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411,

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03/11/18 03:18 PM #1    

Diane Strand (Vinopal)

So sorry to hear of Kay's  passing. I have known her since 5th grade. I'm sorry to say we did not keep in touch. My condolences to her husband and family. I remember Kay as being a very warm friendly classmate. May she rest in peace.

03/11/18 04:19 PM #2    

Penny Blackseth (Bechel)

Penny Blackseth BechelKay and I were best friends in school. I will miss her sense of humor and brilliant mind. I remember her parents well and sister and dog Boinky! I am so sorry for family and friends­čśó 


03/11/18 06:15 PM #3    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

Sorry to hear of Kay's passing .  Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

03/11/18 08:07 PM #4    

Carolyn Berg (Kinville)

sorry to hear about Kay's passing.  Sympathy to her husband, children, and family!!  Rest in Peace Kay!

Carolyn Berg Kinville


03/11/18 11:40 PM #5    

Ron Halpern

Deeply sad (and shocked) to hear of Kay's passing. She was on the debate team with us and she was not only very good but, perhaps more importantly she was a good person. I cannot remember Kay speaking ill of, or disparagingly of, anyone. Believe me, that was a distinct rarity among the debaters. She was always a person of great humanity. More than ever these days, we need more people like her.

03/12/18 10:30 AM #6    

Margaret White (Grudem)

I was sad to hear of Kay’s death.  I have wonderful memories of her in high school.  We were on the debate team together.  She was bright, poised, kind and humble.  I know know she was a loving wive, mother,grarandmother and compassionate interfaith worker.  I am thankful to have known her in school.

03/12/18 11:21 AM #7    

Sue Monty (Thomasgard)

I was so saddened to hear of the death of Kay Dooley.  Kay was one of my best friends all through high school.  Kay, Linda Corsie, Margaret Watts, and I used to hang around together.  She was always a fun person to be with, kind to everyone, smart,  and liked by everyone.  Kay and I kept in touch over the years, and I know how proud she was of her children and the joy her grandchildren brought to her.  I feel blessed to have known Kay and to call her my friend.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

03/12/18 03:44 PM #8    

Mark Ortiz

I remember Kay from English classes and elsewhere.  I did debate one year, '64-'65, but I think Kay did it different years.  I think we did forensics the same year at least once.  I remember Kay as articulate, intelligent, and nice.

03/12/18 07:45 PM #9    

John Schaller

Throughout our junior and senior years, to my good fortune, Kay and I spent a great deal of time together as we were often paired as partners on the debate team.  Kay was the best and the brightest, always smiling, always calm and collected whether it was a simple two school event or the state debate tournament.  After we had both moved on to UW I saw Kay from time to time.  When she and Bob were married, she called and asked me to attend as the witness to their wedding in a church on State Street.  I am very sorry that we did not stay in touch after college, other than to talk, maybe at a reunion, to learn that Kay and Bob had moved to MInnesota following Bob’s graduation from medical school.  Kay was a great friend.  I will always remember her voice, her smile and that when we walked down the hall together, she was about 6 inches taller than was I.  As Ron said, I, too, was very sad and shocked to hear of her passing.  I had hoped to see her at the 50th.  I will miss her.

03/13/18 04:23 PM #10    

Julie Wollum (Holzinger)

Kay and I were not close friends, but we both were close friends of Pat Bates" so the 3 of us made some great memories.  Specifically, rooming together in someones house in Madison during the state basketball tournament.  Kay's height also gave me a couple of very funny memories - Pat's boyfriend was a member of Ski Sprites and tried to teach Kay and me how to water ski at Pat's family cottage on Lake Altoona.  Jim wasn't very tall and had to let go and sit down in the water when Kay's legs got out of control as they shared a tow rope.  Also, Kay and I were in Driver's Ed together with good old Mr. Rex Adams; also pretty short.  Mr. Adams had to sit on the very edge of the passenger bench seat when Kay was driving in order to reach the instructor's brake pedal.  Kay braked suddenly and he slid off the edge of the seat onto the floor.  It was all I could do to stifle my laughter as I watched it all from the back seat.

It sounds as though Kay lived a life of kindness and most likely touched a lot of lives.  My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved her.

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