Sonja W. Hairsine

December 26, 1924 - December 1, 2021

Sonja W. Hairsine, age 96, of Lake Orion, MI, passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on December 26, 1924, to the late Francis J. and Mary V. (Mullin) Walsh. Sonja graduated from P.S. DuPont High School. After her graduation, she attended and graduated from Beacom Business School. Sonja worked as a secretary for DuPont in Wilmington, and later for Title 1 in Waterville, ME.

She married the love of her life, John Edwin Hairsine, Jr. in June of 1947. In her spare time, Sonja was actively involved as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Church of the Holy Child. She also participated in the Smocking Club, Wee Care Gowns, the local doll club, and enjoyed sewing.

In addition to her parents, Sonja was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, John Edwin Hairsine, Jr. She is survived by her children, John F. Hairsine (Judy), Marybeth (Hairsine) Morrill (Hiram C.); and Anne (Hairsine) Glaeser (Dennis A.); grandchildren, Jasmyn (Hairsine) Padmore (Norris), Jansen Hairsine, Jacob Morrill (Elizabeth), Sarah (Morrill) Fisher (Alan), Steven Glaeser (Michelle), Carrie (Glaeser) Christenson (David), and David Glaeser (Jordan); great-grandchildren, Samuel Morrill, Jonah Morrill, Ava Fisher, Caleb Fisher, Sophie Fisher, Kenryk Padmore, Elliana Padmore, Asher Christenson, and Tyler Christenson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, December 17, 2021, at Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance. Entombment will be held privately in Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sonja’s memory to Church of the Holy Child, at the address above.


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  • Sonja was a much admired member of our Diamond State Stitchers needlework group for many years. Her sewing skills were appreciated and inspiring. She was a wonderful story teller and shared many anecdotes with us along the way. Always gracious and possessing a great sense of humor and a sharp wit, she was wonderful company. We are so happy to have known her, and she will be missed and remembered. Rest In Peace.

  • Dear Anne,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. I had the pleasure of getting to know both you and her and I will always be thankful for that. Your mom was a lovely lady who loved you, her caring daughter, so much. I will always cherish our “mom” stories and I hope to see you along the way.
    Sending you love and hugs,

  • Sonja was one of my very favorite library patrons. She was such a graceful, sweet, witty and sharp woman! I am so sorry for your loss and hope you are comforted by the fond memories you hold. I will miss our visits and searching for her next favorite read. I am honored to have had the chance to get to know her over the last three years – I won’t forget you Sonja.

  • Sonja was a great lady. We always had fun sewing together. I admired her “spunk”. Carolyn

  • Marybeth,Anne,& John,
    Sorry to hear this news! Y’all will be in our prayers!

    Kathy & Dave