Sonja Klocker

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Sonja Klocker, 65, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sept. 20, 2020, after a series of continuing health issues.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it will be safe for people to gather.

Sonja was born in Dubuque on March 26, 1955, to parents Curt and Wilma Troester of Garnavillo.

Sonja worked at Iowa State University for 37 years, most of those years in the office of the Vice President for Research (VPR).  She supported the administrative research component of the university by developing and administering centralized research incentive programs and by assisting the Vice President for Research in other areas of research administration.  In her role there, she gathered data and developed reports, initiated many special projects, helped develop guidelines to be used by faculty in preparing grant proposals, represented the VPR office on university committees, and eventually became the HR liaison to approximately 50 units that reported to the VPR office.  She was widely known and respected across campus and had many friends and associates in the Ames community.

She will be remembered for her love of traveling, fishing in northern Minnesota, visiting Akumal, Mexico and spending time with her family.

Sonja is survived by her husband, John Klocker; her father, Curt Troester; step-mother, Karla Troester; sister, Cindy Jones (Mike Kozelka); brothers, Rick Troester (Gloria) and Randy Troester (Julie), and David Troester (Anna); stepsisters, Lisa Davis and Lori Rink (Kevin) along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Sonja was preceded in death by her mother.

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