Sonja Elizabeth Ishmael, a 68-year-old Trenton resident, died on Monday, Dec.30, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, IL.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Resthaven Mortuary of Trenton. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Gardens, north of Trenton.
A visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.
Mrs. Ishmael was born December 14, 1946 in Lecember, Germany to Jessie and Ingebor (Stark) Saxton. She grew up in Seaside, CA then moved to the Bay Area in Fremont, CA, where she raised her four children Edward, Alfred, John and youngest daughter, Virginia. She also worked at General Motors until the plant closed its doors in the early 1980′s.
She was married on Sept. 3, 1986 to Terry Duane Ishmael, her true soulmate. He preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2013.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Edward Martinez, and his wife, Lisa of Oakland, MD, Grabiel Martinez of Nashville, IN; a daughter Virginia Worel and her husband, Phil of West Chicago, IL; a step-son, Clarke Ishmael of Kansas City; 11 grandchildren, Nathan of California, Edward Jr. and John Paul Cambria of Oakland, MD, Justin and Joshua of California, Kyle, Miranda and Avery of Nashville and Marcella and Steven of West Chicago; and four great-grandchildren.
Those preceding her in death include her parents, husband and a son, John D. Martinez.
Sonja was a wonderful wife, loving and caring for all who needed a shoulder; a fantastic mother who worked so hard to provide for her family. She will be greatly missed for an eternity. May she rest in peace.
Memorial donations may be made to the family and left with the funeral home.
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