---- — GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sonya Yvonne Stanz, 57, of Maple City and Alachua, Fla., died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville, following a long illness.
Born July 27, 1955, in Paris, France, she was the daughter of the late Albert Joseph and Bette Jo (Johnson) Brey.
Sonya graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1977, earning a degree in graphic art.
As a gifted graphic designer, she formerly owned and operated Glen Lake Graphics.
From a very young age, Sonya loved the world of horses. She became an accomplished equestrian rider and soon brought home many blue ribbons. She continued training and traveling to horse shows into adulthood.
Among the many wonderful memories of Sonya that will be cherished by her family and friends are the holiday celebrations she hosted at her home during the Christmas season. But in particular, the love Sonya showed for her son, Zachary, and the sparkle in her eyes as she held him as a baby will remain in the hearts of all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, John H. Stanz, of Maple City; son, Zachary J. Stanz, of Maple City; sister, Ingrid K. Brey; and brother-in-law, Michael P. Smith, of Grosse Pointe Park.
Funeral services will be held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at 1 p.m., with visitation starting at 11 a.m. The Rev. Zeljko Guberovic will serve as the celebrant. Graveside services with burial will follow at Empire Maple Grove Cemetery.
Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.