Jeff J. Sonday

MCFARLAND – Jeff J. Sonday, age 55, passed away unexpectedly from complications from his illness on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at home, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

Jeff was born on April 3, 1959, in Ottawa, Ill., the son of Vernon and Betty Sonday. He graduated from Marquette High School in Ottawa and was a proud graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Jeff began his illustrious career in Finance at Ottawa Community Hospital. He continued his career as Controller at Pizza Hut of Southern Wisconsin, and eventually Chief Financial Officer at Famous Footwear/Brown Shoe Company. He then held various leadership positions at companies from northern Wisconsin to Las Vegas until his illness.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Deb (Kuehn) of McFarland and their children, Amanda, Chase and Alex, all at home. He is further survived by a sister, Barb Wilhelms; nieces, Wendy (Tim) Goetsch and Brandi (Jud) Patterson; his mother-in-law, Eileen Kuehn of McFarland; brother-in-law, Michael (Tracy) Kuehn of Mason, Ohio and their children, Tyler, Trenton, Tristyn, Brianna and Joshua; as well as many other valued friends, relatives, colleagues and combination of both. Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Allen Sonday; brother-in-law, Al Wilhelms; and his father-in-law, Chuck Kuehn.

Jeff will always be remembered for his love of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Wisconsin Badgers, Nascar and his passion for music, travel, entertaining family and friends, cooking and grilling. To know Jeff was to love his hot eggs. His enjoyment in life came from his kids' academic and athletic achievements, both from coaching and cheering from the sidelines.

The family wishes to thank the University Hospital and the transplant clinic, Dr. Said, and the first responders from the McFarland Fire Dept. and EMT. Jeff's family would also like to thank the many, many friends for their expressions of kindness and support.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL HOME, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jeff J. Sonday Memorial Trust for the kids' education or UW Transplant Clinic.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Road

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