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Sonja Willemien Makagiansar

April 29, 1930 ~ October 29, 2021 (age 91)


Sonja Willemien Makagiansar passed away on October 29, 2021, in Alexandria, VA at the age of 91. She was a long-time Washington, DC resident and active member of the Indonesian Catholic Community before moving to the Fountains of Washington House in 2014.

She was born in Gresik, East Java, Indonesia on April 29, 1930 to Levinus and Helena Wehelmiena Makagiansar. She was their only child who survived infancy.

Sonja’s career started in 1952 in Indonesia. By 1958, Sonja worked for Bank Indonesia (Central Bank of Indonesia) where she met Mr. Byanti Kharmawan. Sonja was fluent in English, Dutch, and Indonesian as well as being a skillful typist and stenographer. These capabilities and her work ethic left a strong impression on Mr. Kharnawan. So much so, he offered Sonja a job as his executive assistant at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. She worked for Mr. Kharmawan and other Executive Directors in IMF until she retired in 1995.

Her work at the IMF gave her the opportunity to travel the world, something she enjoyed very much. Her love of travel was in her blood as her father was a sailor. Some of the countries she visited included Denmark, Kenya, Jamaica, the Philippines, Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Gabon, Finland, Canada, Spain, Israel, Korea, Berlin (West Germany), Netherlands, Thailand, and France. She also traveled to more countries on her personal trips for fun.

She arrived at Washington House in 2014 where her joy for life radiated throughout the community.   She gave so much of herself and never asked for anything in return.  Sonja could always find an excuse to smile and dance! 

We wish to thank all the wonderful nurses and staff who made her life at Washington House so enjoyable and to Capital Caring for helping her in her final days.

This is a great loss for all who knew and loved her. 

Sonja is survived by her relatives, many friends, and people who had been touched by her kind spirit.

Please see below for service information. Also, please see the Zoom link here  for live streaming of the mass. 

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Funeral Mass
November 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1427 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302

Reception Following Service
November 13, 2021

12:00 PM
Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302

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