FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Sgt. 1st Class Jason O. Sonnenfeld, 43, entered into Eternal Rest suddenly on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Jason was born in Bridgeport, Conn., but his home was always with his family, living on several military bases throughout his young life while attending schools in both Massachusetts and California.
Anchored in the strong familial tradition of dedication to military service and its values, our revered son and soldier became interested in and associated with the JROTC in high school in Oceanside, Calif. Upon graduation, Jason enlisted into the Army Reserve, prepared to serve his country, and he attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. After his family’s retirement from military service in 1994, they settled in South Paris. Upon arrival in Maine, Jason enlisted into active duty in the Army working full-time as a solider. He then married his sweetheart, Iva (Marie) Williams. His early military occupation began as a tactical truck driver. As he gained rank, he was assigned as a career counselor, reflecting his strength to assist soldiers in making their life-changing decision to proudly serve the United States of America. Popular in his unit, the soldiers he guided have made testament to Jason’s kind and empathetic demeanor, while always treating them with honor, respect and dignity.
Jason’s allegiance to the military service remained constant as he served Stateside at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Irwin, California and finally at Fort Drum, N.Y. His overseas tours included three tours in Germany at Babenhausen, Mannheim and Baumholder. His tactical tours included Kosovo, Iraq, and Sadr City, Iraq.
Jason loved his family. He had a strong bond with his devoted father, Otto Sonnenfeld Jr., and mother, Coleen Sonnenfeld.
He leaves behind his parents; his beloved wife of 23 years, Iva Sonnenfeld; sons, Cullen and Liam; daughter, Anja; his brother, Daniel Sonnenfeld; his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Sonnenfeld; several aunts and uncles, John Sonnenfeld (Mary), Zdenka Sonnenfeld, Sheila Rupprecht, Diane Scott (Geoff); and many cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Otto Sonnenfeld Sr. and Charles E. Polchies; his maternal grandmother, Rita (Quigley) Polchies; his twin aunts, Donna (Polchies) D’Eira and Debra (Polchies) Ruggio.
Jason is our hero. His sympathetic, thoughtful nature, kind, generous heart and jovial spirit will be sorely missed, as he leaves us and continues to serve God’s Army in Heaven. John 16:33 ESV: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Tributes to Jason and his family may be shared at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Jason O. Sonnenfeld