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Sonia J. Francis, age 73, of Trufant, passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of Sherwood & Josephine (Johnson) Schaaf, she was born on February 18, 1946 in Fresno, California. 

Sonia was a gifted cook and was fortunate to make her passion a career, spending many years in restaurant and food service management.  She also was a talented artist and enjoyed gardening.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sherwood Schaaf;  a step-father, Frederick Sears;  her mother, Josephine Sears;  and a son, Robert Fuller.  Surviving are a daughter, Kacie Toffoli of Cooper City, Florida;  two grandchildren, Samantha Toffoli of Phoenix, Arizona, and Louis Toffoli of Fort Myers, Florida;  two aunts, Arlene Blaesing and Geraldine & Darwin Smith;  an uncle, Walter & Janet Johnson;  and many dearly loved cousins and friends too numerous to name.

Honoring her wishes, private committal services will be held at Trufant Cemetery.  Instead of flowers, Sonia would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Barrie's House, 1031 Johnson Road, Gowen, Michigan 49326 .

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Sonia's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. John Nastaj on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

  2. John Nastaj on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

  3. Jean Nielsen on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sonia ..We will miss you. Enjoyed our chats at MVI and every Thursday. Our sympathy to the family.
    Rit, Jean and Dirk Nielsen.

  4. Cheryel Kain & Sam Beardslee on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Our lives were forever changed the moment we met you.-á Your smile, laugh, friendship (and great cooking) will forever remain in our hearts.-á Our Sunday 4:30 visits are definitely going to be missed, along with holiday meals and our cookouts with friends.-á We loved being your recipe taste testers.-á Most of all, we will miss YOU!-á-á

  5. Elmo & Judy Carlson on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sonia, was a great friend and co-worker of ours at Elmo’s in Trufant.-á She was such an inspiration to us and will be sadly missed.-á

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