Mary Elvira (Conner) Gibbons, 89

October 22, 2009

JULY 30, 1920-OCT. 20, 2009

Mary Elvira (Conner) Gibbons, 89, of Hagerstown, Md., died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born July 30, 1920, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late William Ermine and Ruth Elizabeth (Boward) Conner. She was the wife of the late George William Sonnik Jr., who died in July 1947, and Ronald Charles Gibbons of Hagerstown.

Elvira graduated from Chambersburg High School, class of 1938. She was a secretary for sophomore guidance and attendance at North Hagerstown High School, retiring in 1982. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

In addition to her husband, Elvira is survived by one son, George W. "Bill" Sonnik III of Williamsport, Md.; one daughter, Suzanne G. Cochran of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren, Betsy Ingoe, Robbie Cochran, Chrissy Cochran, Annie Cochran and Elizabeth Sonnik.


A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fr. George A. Limmer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, with a Christian Wake service at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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