Jennifer Walter Sonnier
Jennifer Walter Sonnier
  • July 4, 1934 - August 8, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jennifer Walter Sonnier, 83, loving and devoted wife of Earl Joseph Sonnier passed away peacefully on August 8, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her first born, Earl Joseph Sonnier, Jr. and her parents, Alonzo J. and Gertrude N. Walter of New Iberia, Louisiana. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Earl Joseph Sonnier, and her children, Gerard Joseph Sonnier, Suzette Sonnier (Shawn) Killeen, Gregory Joseph (Mary Blanchard) Sonnier and Scott Joseph Sonnier. She had 10 grandchildren, Celeste Marie Sonnier, Gerard Joseph Sonnier, Jr., Kiel Joseph Killeen, Jennifer Constance Killeen, Kohl Joseph Killeen, Kale Joseph Killeen, Gabrielle Marie Sonnier, Genevieve Marie Sonnier, Scott Joseph Sonnier, Jr. and Alden M. Sonnier. She is also survived by three siblings, Ret. BG Alonzo J. Walter, Jr., Gwenn W. Bent and Myrna W. Stone.

Born in Erath, Louisiana on July 4, 1934, she grew up in New Iberia where she graduated from Mount Carmel High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. She taught speech and theater at Mount Carmel Academy and the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans.

Jennifer was a member of many charitable organizations and served as President of the Jefferson Parish Medical Auxiliary. She was also a member of The Orleans Club and was active in the Southern Yacht Club Ladies Committee and served as its Chairman. Jennifer had many interests and activities, including travel, tennis and sailing. She enjoyed local theater and New Orleans restaurants, especially Gabrielle. She was a devoted Catholic and adored her children and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 631 State St., New Orleans, Louisiana on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at noon. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. A private burial at Metairie Cemetery will follow the mass. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Mount Carmel Academy of New Orleans, 7027 Milne Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit