Hus­band’s heartache over death of Sonja(34)

New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID LOOBY

COM­MU­NI­TIES across New Ross and south Kilkenny are in mourn­ing this week fol­low­ing the sud­den death of a preg­nant young mother-of-two.

Sonja Way­land, who turned 34 in June, died sud­denly at her Bally­brazil home on Satur­day morn­ing.

Sonja (née Power) hailed from Slieverue.

She mar­ried lo­cal man An­drew Way­land had one child Cameron (1) to­gether. She was the de­voted mother of Cian also and very close to An­drew’s son Calum.

An­drew said: ‘She was my ab­so­lute rock. I am just dev­as­tated. No­body can get to terms with it. She had just found out that she was a few weeks preg­nant and had been to see the doctor for a check-up. The doctor rang in tears, she can’t be­lieve it.’

An­drew said Sonja was in the shower when she sud­denly took ill.

COM­MU­NI­TIES across New Ross and south Kilkenny are in mourn­ing this week fol­low­ing the sud­den death of a preg­nant young mother-of-two.

Sonja Way­land, who turned 34 in June, died sud­denly at her Bally­brazil home on Satur­day morn­ing.

Sonja (née Power), hailed from Slieverue.

She mar­ried lo­cal man An­drew Way­land, who she met thourgh the Dun­brody Archers – a group she was a mem­ber of. Sonja and An­drew were mar­ried in late De­cem­ber and had one child Cameron (1) to­gether. She was the de­voted mother of Cian also and very close to An­drew’s son Calum.

An­drew said: ‘She was my ab­so­lute rock. I am just dev­as­tated. No­body can get to terms with it. She had just found out that she was a few weeks preg­nant and had been to see the doctor for a check-up. The doctor rang in tears, she can’t be­lieve it.’

An­drew said Sonja was in the shower when she sud­denly took ill.

‘I tried to re­sus­ci­tate her and had 999 on the line. The am­builance crew came and they tried too but she died at home.’

Sonja, who worked as a le­gal sec­re­tary for Kieran Boland’s law firm in Kilkenny City, was about to go swim­ming with her baby Cameron and An­drew when she took ill.

An­drew said: ‘She was a fan­tas­tic per­son. We were mar­ried in Whitechurch and she will be buried in Whitechurch Tues­day. She was Church of Ire­land and I am Catholic but noth­ing ever came be­tween us. She was a great, loyal friend and a very thought­ful per­son. She was a kind hearted mother who doted on he chil­dren and the baby was her lit­tle pride and joy.’

Sonja grew up in Snowhill, Slieverue and set­tled into Bally­brazil com­mu­nity af­ter she and An­drew struck up a ro­mance.

‘It’s just gut wrench­ing, es­pe­cially with the baby, but then the baby won’t un­der­stand. Every­one is just dev­as­tated. She was just 34. Sonja was a great con­fi­dante and friend and she had a huge cir­cle of friends. I would say to every­one to go home and give every­one they love a hug. Hug your kids as you never know when some­thing like this will hap­pen. Words can­not even be­gin to ex­press how I, the boys and the fam­ily are feel­ing now, Sonja was such an amaz­ing and lov­ing woman snatched away from us in a flash and far, far too young. Sonja, we will al­ways love you and will never ever for­get you. You kept us all con­nected.’

Sonja is grieved by An­drew; her sons Cian and Cameron; her step­son Calum; par­ents Pa­trick and Geral­dine; brother Thomas; sis­ter Rose; step­mother Sheila; niece Chloe; brother-in-law Trevor, ex­tended fam­ily and a large cir­cle of friends.

She re­posed at her par­ents’ res­i­dence in Snowhill, Slieverue, on Mon­day af­ter­noon and evening and her fu­neral ser­vice takes place to­day (Tues­day) at 12 noon in Christchurch Cathe­dral, Water­ford, with burial af­ter­wards in Whitechurch Church­yard, New Ross, Co. Wex­ford, ar­riv­ing at 1.45 p.m. ap­prox­i­mately.

The late Sonja Way­land.

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