Our sweet and gentle daughter, Sonja Carl Goodwin Olson, died early Monday, October 9, with her parents and her caregiver of many years at her bedside. Her death resulted from acute complications of a progressive and degenerative neurologic disease known as "NBIA disorder."
Born on the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13, 1995, she was a lifelong resident of Griggstown, New Jersey. She was proud to have graduated in June from the Midland School in North Branch. Over the years, Midland created the perfect environment for Sonja to flourish. She especially enjoyed being a Girl Scout, school dances, music therapy, jigsaw puzzles, and all the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books. She filled our homes with her arts and crafts projects, jewelry, and mosaics.
Sonja charmed people with her beautiful smile and quirky sense of humor. She loved her sister and brothers, who were able to be with her before her passing. She is survived by her mother Megan Thomas and husband Tom Bodenberg; father Robert Olson and fiancée Irene Strapko; siblings Robert Olson and wife Sara Probasco Olson of Portland, Maine; sister Gwyneth Olson and husband Kendrick Smith of Princeton and Toronto; brother Nevin Olson and wife Allison O'Brien of Somerset; her nieces whom she adored, Lucy and Livy Olson; her grandparents, Lowell and Judy Thomas of Blue Hill, Maine; and grandmother Jacqueline Olson of Meadowbrook, Pa.; and by her beloved caregiver of many years, Gloria Orantes.
Her family is thankful for the compassion and expertise of the St. Peter's University Hospital pediatric intensive care unit nurses and doctors.
A mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at All Saints' Church, 16 All Saints' Road, Princeton. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Saul Funeral Home, Hamilton Square.
Contributions in Sonja's memory may be made to The Midland Foundation, P.O. Box 5026, North Branch, NJ 08876, and to NBIA Disorders Association, 2082 Monaco Court, El Cajon, CA 92019-4235.