Sonya E. Boeser | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

March 18, 1987 - January 10, 2021

Sonya Elizabeth Boeser

Age 33, of Richfield. Sonya Attended Assumption and Blessed Trinity Catholic elementary and middle schools. She graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels in 2005 with High Honors. She graduated University of Minnesota Minneapolis in 2010 with a BA in Art History. While at the University, she had a student Internship position with Goldstein Museum of Design.

Sonya was active in her church of Assumption with music as a choir member and cantor. She was active with VASA Junior Swedish folk dancing group that grandparents Mark and Dianne Johnson introduced her to, up through age 18. She was also an active member of Junior Swedish fiddlers with her brother David.

She worked in various jobs that were mainly retail including Roberts Shoes in Minneapolis, Arc’s Value Village, Food Sample Demonstrator at Sam’s Club and Cub Foods, Crayola experience in the Mall of America, Bubba Gump Shrimp gift shop.

Sonya loved art, she loved to create and share her art work. Her most recent project was the decorative painting of river rocks, some with inspirational messages that she would leave in public places or give to others when the occasion came up. She painted lovely watercolor scenes as a volunteer for long-term care facility residents.

She loved David Bowie and Monty Python. Her favorite movie was “Labyrinth” starring David Bowie as the Goblin King. She loved to be silly along with Monty Python movies and sketches.

Sonya had epilepsy (seizures) and struggled daily with mental illness. Her struggles were real and raw, however her resilience in picking up and working on moving forward was without equal. She was unique in her gifts and struggles.

Her time on earth was shortened, but her spirit, now unencumbered with fallible physicality lives on in our hearts and in the universe.

Survived by father, Mark (Heather) Boeser; brother, David (Mary Jane) Boeser; grandfather, Mark Johnson; grandmother, Sue Boeser; step-grandmother, Nora Houser; step-siblings, Alex (Brook) Brennan , Bailey (Will) Daffner and Tony Brennan; aunt, Shawn (Jo) Boeser-Hutton; uncle, Todd (Michelle) Boeser; great-aunt, Rita (Rick) Moe; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by, mother, Melissa Johnson Boeser; grandmother, Dianne Johnson; and grandfather, Rodney Boeser. 

Private Funeral Service will be live-streamed 1:00 PM on Saturday (Jan. 23).
Click here: Zoom Link for Sonya’s Service.

Interment 2:30 PM at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, next to her beloved mother. Friends are welcome to join the family for the graveside service. Please respect social distancing and wear a mask.


  1. nancy lee says:

    Dear Mark Johnson and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I hold your family in peaceful thoughts.
    Nancy E. Lee

  2. Don Ramler says:

    Dear Mark and family, So sorry to hear about your granddaughter. I only met her briefly and she seemed such a lovely person. It is hard when someone so young passes on. We will hold you in our prayers.

  3. Tim Thoma says:

    Very sorry to hear about your loss. No parent should have to endure this type of loss.

  4. Dawn Marie says:

    She was a bright light amid her struggles. So sorry she is gone too soon. She will be remembered.

  5. Anne and Dan S says:

    Mark B and family, we remember a joyful Sonya during weekends at the Born Cabins up north and for NYE and other gatherings at your house. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and hearts. Hugs to you!

  6. Mary Sincheff says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family.
    May your days be filled with wonderful memories from family and friends.
    God loves his children, may you find peace only Jesus can give during this difficult time.
    Tom and I would like to visit with you when the time is right.
    Love you all

  7. Jan Nordstrom says:

    Mark and David,
    I am so very sorry to hear this but I also know that she was really struggling so I am comforted with the knowledge that she is at peace. Sending peace and prayers for Sonya and for your entire family.

  8. Greta Gaard says:

    David, Mark, Sue–my heart goes out to you all. Losing Missy 20 years ago is still so fresh. I pray that Sonya is reunited with her sweet mom and held in the arms of love and peace forever.

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