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June 26, 2013

Clifford A. Sondergaard

Clifford A. Sondergaard

DECATUR — Clifford August Sondergaard, 77, passed away on June 24, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.

Clifford was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on June 4, 1936, to Victor Christian and Ethel Agusta (Kuehn) Sondergaard.

He married Gail Below Engel in the early morning of Aug. 15, 1981, on the Easton Reservoir in Trumbull, Conn.

He grew up in Connecticut, on a dairy farm and worked for Bridgeport Hydraulic Co. for 37 years. Clifford always loved farming and raising animals, he could grow anything and took great pride in raising hundreds of turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners all over the United States. Clifford and Gail bought their farm in Decatur in 1981, they remodeled it on weekends and vacations and moved there in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Gail B. Sondergaard; children, Ronald and Deborah Sondergaard; his sister, Joan and her husband, Earl Smith; granddaughter, Virginia Squires; sisters-in-law, Connie and Joan Sondergaard; and many nieces and nephews.

Clifford was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Ethel Sondergaard; his sister, Dorothy; and two brothers, Victor and Philmore Sondergaard; and his stepdaughter, Abigail (Engel) Squires.

For all who want to celebrate his life, there will be a gathering at the Sondergaard Farm on Route 39 in Decatur at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Donations can be sent to the Worcester Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 191, Worcester, NY 12197.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

Arrangements are under the guidance of the E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., Worcester.

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