Sonya Anne Neisess, 45, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at her home in Libby,
She was born in Sept. 27, 1962 in Valparaiso, the fifth child of Rush Dean
and Carolyn Elaine (Fant) Colley, both of whom preceded her in death.
She married Joseph Neisess, Jr. on June 21, 1980 in Kemmerer, Wyo., who
survives in Libby.
She is also survived by children, Ashley Renee and Adam Christian; sisters
and brothers, Nancy (Michael) Vrska of McKinney, Texas, Mark (Rebecca) Colley
of Sandy, Utah, Renee and (Steve Tornello) of Jacksonville, Fla., Karl
(Carol) Colley of Chesterton, Denise Lange of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dean
(Julie) Lange of Lake Jackson, Texas, Joseph (Margaret) Colley of Durango,
Colo., and David (Dawn) Colley of Brownsburg; her step-mother, Arline Colley
of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 28 nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and
Sonya attended grade school in Chesterton, and later went to Troy, Montana
during her freshman year in high school, graduating as salutatorian from Troy
High School in 1981.
She and her husband returned from Wyoming to Montana, first to Troy and later
to Libby in 1983. Sonya first worked for 14 years as an employee for Cabinet
Books and Music and later purchased the business which she operated for six
years. She remained active in that area, serving on the Montana Book Award
Always active in community affairs, Sonya had served on the board of the
Libby Area Chamber of Commerce and the Libby Revitalization Committee. A
noted local musician, she had been a band member of Young Country for several
years and had been a member of The Treasure Tones. She also had been a member
of a local troupe of actors in several productions of the Kootenai Heritage
Sonya was a member of St. John Lutheran Church as well as a member of the
Alter Guild. Her largest passion in life was that of being a loving wife and
partner and a very involved mother to her children Ashley and Adam.
Funeral services, Pastor Eric Christiansen officiating, will be at 2 p.m.
Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment services will follow in the
City of Libby Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday
and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. John Home Health/ Hospice, 350 Louisiana Ave.,
Libby, MT 59923.