Sonja Rose Zoppe Loudermilk,  70

Sonja Rose Zoppe Loudermilk,  70, of Rochester, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne.


On October 11, 1949,   Sonja was born in Rochester.  She was the treasured daughter of Giovanni “Johnny” Sr. and Sara A. Ellis Zoppe. Growing up she shared her childhood with two brothers, Johnny Jr. and Davide.  Sonja graduated from Rochester Community High School in 1967.  She later attended the American School of Chicago.   

As a member of an entertainment family, Sonja became a circus performer on the high wire.  She gracefully captivated the attention of her audience while performing high risk routines.  Sonja was gifted with her hands making all of her show costumes.   

In Rochester, Sonja and Franklin G. Loudermilk were married on November 25, 1978.  They shared 25 years of life’s adventures. From thier union came a handsome son Johnny.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren.


Left to cherish Sonja's memory are her son, John F. Loudermilk and wife Dawn Risten of Rochester;  3 grandchildren, Alexys Lanae Loudermilk, Justin Risten, Makayla Risten,  2 brothers, Johnny Zoppe Jr. of and Davide F. Zoppe and wife Susan of Rochester, canine companion, Sophia, the blonde Teacup Yorkie.

Preceding Sonja in death are her parents Johnny and Sarah Zoppe,  beloved husband Frank on January 1, 2003 and her Teacup Yorkie Bella .

A celebration of the life of Sonja Rose Loudermilk will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 27, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  Friends may visit with her family an hour prior to services.   Interment will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

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