Constance Prendergast Sonthoff, 81

Jul 30, 2012

Constance Prendergast Sonthoff, 81, died July 20, 2012, at West Gate Manor, Bangor. She was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Stoneham, Mass., the daughter of Frank M. Prendergast and Dorothy (Ricker) Prendergast.

Connie graduated from Melrose High School and Hickox Secretarial School. She worked at CBS Radio and TV in Boston and New York City and as a personnel assistant at Brandeis University. On Nov. 11, 1965, she married Herbert G. Sonthoff. Later she and Herb moved to Belfast, where she was a secretary at Crosby Junior High School, District Court, and Moser and Mailloux. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry and as a warden. She served at the boards of Mid Coast Mental Health Association and Belfast Public Nursing Association. In 1985, Connie and Herb moved to Waldo.

Connie will be remembered for her willingness to help others, her wonderful sense of humor and her culinary skill. Perhaps Brandeis University summed her up best, proclaiming, “Her infectious high spirit and love of people will be sorely missed by those whose days were brightened by her presence.”

Connie was predeceased by her husband, Herb, on May 2, 2003. Her family and friends wish to thank the staff at Westgate Manor, Bangor, for the many years of faithful and loving care. A memorial Eucharist will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, with the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick officiating.

Those who wish may contribute to Westgate Manor Activities Fund, 750 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401 or St. Margaret’s Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast,. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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