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Sonja Fay Bankovich

July 2, 1948 - Oct. 12, 2013

BENSON - Sonja Fay "Ellingson" Bankovich, 65, of Benson, MN passed away on October 12, 2013 at the Fitzgerald Nursing Home & Rehab in Eveleth, MN. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of the facility for their dedicated care of her.

Sonja was born July 2, 1948 to Doris & Russell Ellingson in Benson, MN. She grew up in Benson and later moved to Minneapolis. She spent most of her years in Minnesota but also lived in Florida near her daughter Shelly where she loved the ocean and the warm breeze.

She attended Benson Elementary and South Minneapolis High School. She married and had three children. She worked in many different job settings to support her family. Sonja was a free spirit, did it her "own way", was always for the less fortunate, enjoyed casinos and finding a good bargain.

She is survived by two sons Russell (Heather) Snyder of Des Moines, IA, Raymond (Theresa) Snyder of Virginia, MN, one daughter Shelly (Larry) Nelsen of Florida; brothers Richard (Aleida) Ellingson of Texas, Michael (Pam) Loen of Mpls, MN, sisters Donna (Arlon) Haupert of Mora, MN, Barbara (Kenny) Paschke of Willmar, MN, Debra Treloar of Hibbing, MN and many precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. Along with nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step father Lloyd Loen, brother Lynn Loen and special niece Lynette Puska.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1 PM at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson, MN located at 800 10th Street South.