Danny Sonaty

Danny Lee Sonaty

Monday, March 18th, 1946 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Danny Lee Sonaty, 74, of Rensselaer, Indiana passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. He was born in Gary, Indiana on March 18, 1946, the son of Ernest and Donna (Boyd) Sonaty. He attended Merrillville High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1967. He spent a year in Vietnam where he drove an M50 Ontos tank destroyer. Danny and a group of fellow Ontos driver veterans kept in touch, and got together yearly after the war was over.

On December 7, 1968, in Hobart, Indiana Danny married Sharon Lee Wencl. They made their home in DeMotte, Indiana from 1972 until 2000. Danny was a steel worker at Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor for 32 years, retiring in 2000. Upon his retirement they moved to Rensselaer.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the woods at his camp. He loved wildlife and enjoyed feeding the birds every day. Danny was the #1 fan at his grandchildren’s sporting events. He never missed a meet or a game.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sharon Sonaty of Rensselaer; two sons, Russ (Danielle) Sonaty of Fair Oaks and Jake (Liz) Sonaty of Morocco; two brothers, Ronnie (Donna) Sonaty of Hobart and Tom (Linda) Sonaty of Joplin, Missouri; two grandchildren, Casey (fiancé Alyssa) Sonaty of Rensselaer and Madisyn Sonaty of Fair Oaks; and one great-grandson, Owen Sonaty of Rensselaer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Donna Sonaty.

Due to the current pandemic a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans online at

Steinke Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family with cremation services. Memories and condolences may be shared online at
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Colton, Alison, and Cedar

Posted at 04:55pm
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john charlesworth

Posted at 11:16am
My condolences to Sharon and the Sonaty family. Danny was a childhood pal. We grew up in the Ainsworth/Deep River area having the best of times. Danny had strong character traits. So glad I knew him and have great memories.
John Charlesworth
Venice, Florida


Posted at 12:11pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Steve Barkley

Posted at 08:44pm
Condolences to Sonaty family.Dan was very good person He was very proud of his family.

Steve Cadwell

Posted at 01:29pm
I have fond memories of spending time with Danny as a kid. I'm super saddened to hear of his passing and sorry for your loss. He'll be sorely missed, but in my memory, we're still running carefree through the woods of Lake County.

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