Sonya R. Lebus, 82, Audubon, MN. (Lake Maud) formerly Fargo, ND. passed away on March 15, 2020 Sonya was born January 29,1938 to Richard and Nelda Peterson in Jamestown. She graduated high school in Jamestown, ND. and later attended business college in Fargo. Sonya married James Lebus in Jamestown, ND on January 4, 1959. They lived in Fargo until moving to Lake Maud to retire in 2003 when Jim soon died after. Jim and Sonya spent at least 50 years building and rebuilding their cabin. It was considered “Labor of Love”. She worked for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for several years and later worked for Home Heating both of Fargo. Sonya enjoyed spending time at her lake home reading books in her spare time and did a bit of traveling in her later years. Sonya is survived by her sons, Richard (Tracey) Lebus, Lake Park, MN; Bill (Rhonda) Lebus, Veblen, SD; Grandchildren Amy Lebus, Elisha (Aric) Washburn, Ryan Helgeson and 7 great grandchildren. Siblings, Barbra (Robert) Cumber, Sioux Falls, SD; Judy (Guy) Hatlie, Manhattan Beach, CA; Jean Pearson, Jamestown, ND. And many nieces and nephews. Sonya was preceded in death by her husband James Lebus, her parents Richard and Nelda and her brother Richard Peterson. A celebration of her life will follow in the spring. Memorials may be made in her name to Minn-Kota PAWWS of Fargo as she loved her kitties. We would also like to say thank you to Golden Manor of Detroit Lakes and Hospice.

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  1. Loved Sonya and Jim. Visitors were always welcomed if they ignored the sign “Lebus Alone”.

  2. My sympathy to Sonya family & friends. I meet Sonya when she moved into Riverfront on Main. Such a sweet kind lady. Rest In Peace Sonya

  3. Since Guy and I bought our seasonal lake place in 2005, we have had greater opportunities to see and socialize with my sister Sonya! Our children and grandchildren (from California and Germany) benefitted from this situation as well. They adored Aunt Sonya. Highlights over the summers were pontoon rides and barbecues on Lake Sallie, outings with daughter Erica to La Barista cafe’ downtown DL, and our son Mark entertaining all of us on the banjo at Golden Manor. Fun times. Sonya was well-loved and admired by our family. We will miss her affable personality and pretty smile. She and Jim were a fun-loving, very social couple.
    Judy Peterson Hatlie, Manhattan Beach, CA

  4. Aunt Sonya and Uncle Jim were always fun to visit at their lake cabin starting when I was very young. I loved seeing photos of our visits amongst all the framed photos on the walls. Very special place! Jim’s parents, Harold and Alice, would be there…just the same as ever. Along with ski master, Cousin Richard, they all showed us a good time!
    My beautiful Aunt Sonya was always easy to be around and game for a chuckle.

  5. I’m so sorry to learn of Sonya’s passing. I was Jim and Sonya’s UPS driver at their house and at Cystic fibrosis where Sonya worked. I often talked with Jim in the alley behind their house. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sonya’s. I’ll have you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless.

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