Debra Lee Sonntag
Debra Lee Sonntag, 67, of the Village of Leesburg, Springfield Township, passed away on Tuesday (March 17, 2020).
She was born in Grove City on July 19, 1952, to Robert James Dick and Marian Josephine Henry Dick.
Debra graduated from Grove City High School in 1970 and Clarion College in 1974.
On June 16, 1979, she married Timothy Ray Sonntag. Tim preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2002.
Debbie began her teaching career at the Cranberry School District in Venango County and later at the Grove City Area School District. She taught second grade, kindergarten, and fourth grade.
She and Tim greatly enjoyed boating with their children and spending time at their camp on the Clarion River. She loved her dogs, doing yoga, participating in Zumba classes, traveling, water skiing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Leesburg ECO Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include: daughter, Katie Jo (Seth) Black, of Howard, Ohio; son, Daniel Ray (fiancée Britt Kenniston) Sonntag, of Mooresville, N.C.; father, Robert J. Dick, of Grove City; sister, Denise L. (Donald) Gozzard, of Grove City, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Harper Laine Black and Kennedy Marie Black.
She was preceded in death by her husband and mother.
The family would encourage those wanting to express their condolences and fond memories to write a remembrance letter to the family. Letters can be mailed to 27 Leesburg Road, Volant, PA 16156.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to honor Debbie's favorite charities: the Butler County Humane Society and ECO Presbyterian Church.

Debra Lee, 67, of The Village of Leesburg, Springfield Township.
Service: In light of recent events, the family will have a private viewing on Saturday (3-21-20). The family will also have a private funeral service at SMITH FUNERAL HOME at the Village of Leesburg at 2 p.m. Sunday (3-22-20) with Rev. Jeffery Hurst, pastor of Leesburg ECO Presbyterian Church, presiding.
Online viewing of the service will be available.
Please visit, or Dan or Katie's Facebook page to view the service in real time. Additionally, send a message to the family for access after.
Published on March 19, 2020


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Rhonda McClelland
Mar 21, 2020
Katie Jo and Danny,
Please know that our prayers are with you at this difficult time. You kids have really been through a lot in your lives. Deb and I had some fun times spending the night together as classmates, and I truly enjoyed getting back together after retirement with our friends sharing stories about our families. She always had the best stories about you two. You were the lights of her live and I am glad she spent as much time as she could with you. May she rejoice in your Dad's arms and watch over you as you continue to depend upon each other and make her proud in the way you continue to live out your lives each day until you see both of them again.
Love, Terry and Rhonda
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Matt Farren
Mar 20, 2020
Katie and Dan,
We are truly so sorry to hear the news about your Mom. I am heartbroken that Harper and Kennedy lost their Grandma. Your Mom was a sweet lady and an awesome kindergarten teacher. I'll never forget the smell of captain black and skating in your basement as kids. Take care you guys.
The Whole Farren Family
Mar 20, 2020
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Mar 20, 2020
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