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Passing of Karla Dutcher

May 30th, 1953 - December 3rd, 2021

(Click here to view Obituary on the Morgan & Nay Funeral Home Page)

Mrs. Karla Lynn Dutcher Sonksen, age 68, a longtime resident of Madison, Indiana, entered this life on May 30, 1953 in Waterloo, Iowa. She was the loving daughter of George and Clara Dutcher. She was raised in Waterloo, Iowa and graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1971. Karla attended Wartburg College for a year and graduated with her bachelor’s in mathematics from Iowa State University in 1975. She was united in marriage on July 26, 1975 to David Sonksen in Waterloo, Iowa. This union was blessed with a son, Michael, and two daughters, Jennifer and Katie. Karla moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and lived there for 20 years until they moved to Madison. Karla was a member of North Madison Christian Church and former member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During her time in Fort Wayne, she spent many hours dedicated to the church nursery and Sunday school program, plus served as an elder of the church. In Madison, she was a group leader and member of the Women's Council, sewing group and helped organize many funeral dinners. Karla was dedicated to volunteering for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, PTA and the Madison Marching Cubs. She was a very skilled seamstress and quilter, with a specialty in crochet and needle-point embroidery. Her family will cherish the many heirlooms she left behind. Karla passed away December 3, 2021 due to unforeseen complications with her battle with cancer.


Karla will be missed by her loving husband David Sonksen; children Jennifer (Mike) Harrison, Michael (Austyn) Sonksen, Katie (Lyle) Smith; grandchildren Ridley Harrison and Dutcher Sonksen and brother Charles (Terry) Dutcher. She is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and life-long friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Clara and George Dutcher and sister Judy Penrose.




Karla had a special heart for the prison ministry with North Madison Christian Church that she dedicated many hours of service to. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be placed to the church and embarked for the “DOC dinner.” Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, remembrances and memorials can be left at

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