Sonja Katrina Dahlbacka
December 28th, 1960 - September 13th, 2022

Sonja Dahlbacka passed away in the early hours of September 13, 2022, at the age of 61. Sonja was born in Eureka and was adopted by Finnish immigrants Erik and Kaija Dahlbacka.

Sonja is survived by her son, Morgan Beebe, and his daughter Genevieve, and her adopted son Trevor Beebe, and his children, Finn, Henry, Arya, and Kahlan. Sonja loved her five grandchildren so much and spoiled them as much as she possibly could. She prayed that her children would instill the memory of her in their children; her grandchildren were her pride and joy. As a mother she was generous, loving and kind. Sonja loved her children and loved to spend time with them more than anything. She loved family dinners with Morgan and her daughter-in-law Anastasiia, going for a drive with them or to the North Jetty to watch waves. Sonja prepared amazing traditional dinners for holidays that will be greatly missed. She enjoyed going to Faith Center Church on Saturday nights, and then going out for dinner or a drive afterwards.

Everyone knew Sonja and Sonja knew everyone. She loved baking, especially Finnish “Bulla,” the most beautiful cupcakes, and delicious cheesecakes. She loved making various handmade crafts, holiday wreaths, her famous jeweled Christmas spiders, earrings and more. She loved laughing and staying positive. She had a beautiful style for home decorating and made every space beautiful and cozy. She loved helping everyone as much as she could. She worked as a medical transcriptionist for 30 years and then she worked for a family business that she and her sister Lisa inherited. Sonja loved pets, especially dogs.

A dear friend of Sonja’s offered that: …”Sonja was a special gal to all who were fortunate enough to call her a friend and had a bright smile. She was generous and spontaneous and there were many fun outings through the years. She frequently redecorated her home with varied paint combinations and changed her furniture around in her home often.

She was a loving mother and grandmother, a caring sister, and a treasured friend, she was dedicated and loyal to her parents and to her employers. Sonja worked as a transcriptionist for over 20 years at North Coast Family Practice. Sonja loved her very special pets Pearl, Muppy and Otis. Sonja was very proud of her Finnish ancestry, speaking a little of the language. She would always happily share memories of her trips to Finland as a child and continued to stay connected with relatives in Finland. She belonged to the Order of Runeberg Lodge No. 102 in Eureka.

Sonja lived for her loved ones and friends. She made the best of every day; when she needed solace from sadness or pain, she put it in God’s hands. Family traditions were so important to Sonja. She lived every day to the fullest, reaching out to family and friends daily. She always wanted to stay in touch and spread kindness. She was very proud of the young men her sons had become and she treasured the time she spent with her sister Lisa, running the business they had inherited when their parents passed away.”

She would want her family and friends to take a moment, remind their loved ones they are loved, and to pay it forward.


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