Sandra Piper Sonneborn, next to her loving husband of 47 years, died on July 17th at her home in Palm Desert, California. She was 75.

Sandy was a beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Born August 26, 1938, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Alberta Sonnefeld Piper and William C. Piper, she married Sydney R. Sonneborn on March 30, 1967.

Sandy graduated from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in 1956 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling West Virginia, a teaching hospital. She also graduated from Wheeling Jesuit College with a Bachelor of Science degree in premedicine and philosophy in 1960. She then became a medical technologist at Ohio Valley General Hospital working closely with Doctor Robert Sonneborn and Doctor Michael Caruso. After relocating to Miles City, Montana, Sandy earned her RN degree from Miles Community College in 1980 and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Montana State University in 1982. In Miles City, she worked as a surgical nurse at Holy Rosary Hospital and the Miles City VA Hospital.

She served on the board of directors and secretary of Miles City Concert Association for 25 years. She was also a member of the Miles City Association of University Women, Holy Rosary Hospital Guild, Woman’s Club, Miles Community College Faculty Women & Wives Association, and Montana Nurses’ Association.

While accomplished with four separate BS degrees, Sandy found great pride and happiness in her husband, two sons and friends and family across the country.

Sandy is survived by her loving husband, Sydney Sonneborn of Palm Desert; and sons, David (Nancy) Sonneborn of Cathedral City, California, and William “Bill” (Karen) of Washington, D.C.

Services are private with inurnment at Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Miles City, Montana.

Those of us who knew Sandy will miss her quick wit, intelligence, laughter and her cooking.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to either of three organizations that Sandy deeply supported: Wheeling Jesuit University, Custer County Art Center Foundation, and Oglebay Foundation.

FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements.