US Army

Melvin "Mel" K. Sonnleitner

November 5, 1939 ~ October 29, 2021 (age 81)

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Hunt --- Melvin “Mel” K. Sonnleitner of 5317 Sonnleitner Road passed away on October 29, 2021 in his family’s home. He was born on November 5, 1939 in Nunda, a son of the late Oliver and Violet Wilcox Sonnleitner.

Mel was a graduate of Fillmore Central School, class of 1957, and after he graduated he worked several odd jobs until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1959. He served until 1962 and later began his career as Lt. of University Police at SUNY Geneseo in 1966 until his retirement in November of 1994.  

After his retirement Mel joined the Fillmore Cub Scouts in 1995 as a Den Leader for his son Stephen’s group and soon became Cub Master for the Scouts. This is something Mel would become extremely passionate about in helping young men become good role models for society. Mel touched many lives during his career as Cub Master. He was on the committee for the Boy Scout Troop as well and he was instrumental in helping many boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Mel was an active member of the American Legion for over 36 years. There is no doubt that Mel will be missed by many in the community.

Surviving are his children, Lisa (Sam) Faulds of Tuscarora, Aaron (Carol) Sonnleitner of Hunt, Michael (Colleen) Sonnleitner of Geneseo, Sarah (Terry) Williams of Canaseraga and Stephen (Jaime) Sonnleitner of Irondequoit. Mel was blessed with 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Karen (George) Lucas of Nunda, Brenda Bivonia of Florida and Deborah (Tom) Beardsley of Hunt and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Pamela James and a brother, Merlin Sonnleitner.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N Genesee Street, Fillmore where a funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Shawn Harnish, pastor of the Dansville Four Square Church, will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be in Short Tract Cemetery, Short Tract.

Memorials if desired to: Fillmore Cub Scout Pack 747

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
November 6, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Kopler - Williams Funeral Home
21 North Genesee Street
Fillmore, NY 14735

Visitation
Saturday
November 6, 2021

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Kopler - Williams Funeral Home
21 North Genesee Street
Fillmore, NY 14735

Funeral Service
Sunday
November 7, 2021

2:00 PM
Kopler - Williams Funeral Home
21 North Genesee Street
Fillmore, NY 14735

Video is available for this event


American Legion Service
Monday
November 8, 2021

11:00 AM
Short Tract Cemetery

Short Tract, NY

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