Sonia Dagny Hamre Bowyer
Sonia Dagny Hamre Bowyer, died Oct. 4, 2021. She was the wife of the late Cledith Don Bowyer Jr., who died in 2008. Born in Flushing, Long Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Margaret Olsen Hamre and Ivar Hamre.
She attended NYC public schools, graduated from the High School of Music and Art, the Barbizon School of Modeling, attended Hunter College and was employed by the NY Life Insurance Co. She studied voice with Dorothy Miller and Evelyn Manacher Draper.
During the 1950s she performed as a soloist in various churches and oratorio societies, performed major roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas under the direction of Dorothy Raedler and Glenn Jordon of Starlight Theater, performing major roles at the Manhattan Center.
She was also a solo classical vocalist at St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton School, Mendham, N.J. and various other churches. She was the first woman appointed Clerk of the Vestry, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mendham, N.J. and was an active member of the choir.
She was employed by Crum & Foster, Inc. for 15 years, retiring from her corporate career as executive assistant to the president and chairman of the board in 1993.
She spent a number of years traveling in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean with friends and family. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2003 and settled at Legacy Oaks, Macungie.
She is survived by children, Elizabeth and her husband, Dr. Robert Malacoff, of Bethlehem, Louise and her husband, Dexter Hebert, of Hudson, Fla., Andrea and her husband, Michael Karas, of Montclair, N.J.; grandchildren, Julia and her husband, Crawford, Alex, Nicholas and his wife, Tori, Elizabeth, Michael, Benjamin and Sonia. She was predeceased by a son, Robert Dean in 1982.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tenn. 38105.