Pauline Louise (Ratliff) Sonaggera Obituary

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Pauline Louise (Ratliff) Sonaggera, 96, slipped quietly from this world into Heaven on the morning of February 19, 2018. She was born on March 8, 1921 to Edward and Myrtle Ratliff in the rural community of Gowen, Oklahoma.


She is survived by:

One daughter:
Donna Sonaggera Brooks and husband Michael of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

One brother:
Tom Ratliff of Wilburton, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren whom she loved dearly:
Christopher Brooks and wife Lisa of Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Pastor Brad Brooks and wife Julie of Catoosa, Oklahoma
Rachael Brooks Myers and husband Bennett of Frisco, Texas
Krysta Brooks Farris and husband Justin of Coweta, Oklahoma
Amy Brooks Valdez and husband Joseph of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Eight great-grandchildren to whom she was their loving GiGi

Many other extended family members that held a special place in her heart


Following graduation from Hartshorne High School Pauline met and married Silvio Sonaggera on November 15, 1942.


They made their home in Heavener, Oklahoma, where Silvio was employed with the Kansas City Southern Railroad.


A lifelong commitment to sharing the gospel and missions led her to faithfully serve and volunteer at her church, Heavener First Baptist Church for 70 years. Pauline was an avid gardener and found joy in her flower and vegetable gardens well into her 90s. An accomplished seamstress, quilter, and artist; she held a one-woman art show following her 90th birthday, where she displayed and sold many original landscape and still-life oil paintings. She was an excellent cook who especially enjoyed sharing her delicious pies and cakes with her friends and family.


A member of the greatest generation who survived WWII, the Great Depression, Oklahoma dust storms, becoming a young widow, losing her son, 2nd Lieutenant Fred L. Sonaggera in Vietnam in 1968 and her beloved daughter, Sylvia Sonaggera Brooks to breast cancer in 2006. Pauline faced all of life’s challenges with grace and a rock solid faith in Jesus Christ.


The family is grateful to the people of Clearview Baptist Church and the staff of Baptist Village in Broken Arrow for their many acts of love and kindness shown to Pauline over the past 3 ½ years.


Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Sam Dyer and Pastor Brad Brooks officiating.


Burial will follow in the Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Chris Brooks, Bennett Myers, Justin Farris, Joseph Valdez, Ryan Brooks, and Brad Brooks


Viewing will be noon until 8:30 p.m., Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.


If you would like to continue Pauline’s legacy of faith and hope, please consider a charitable gift to Baptist Children’s Home at 12700 E. 76th St. N. Owasso, Oklahoma 74055 or Filling the Void at


To sign Mrs. Sonaggera’s online guestbook please visit



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