Sonya Lynn Tangert, 52, Teen Challenge missionary, Deloitte Financial worker, author

By on October 24, 2018

Sonya Lynn Tangert, 52, of Lititz, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 under the care of Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy while surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Jere and Carol (Charles) Tangert of Lititz.

A graduate of Warwick High School Class of 1983, she furthered her education at Slippery Rock University class of 1987, and later graduated from Zion Bible Institute in 1997.

After graduating from college, Sonya worked for Teen Challenge in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 14 years, leading her into mission trips all over the world, including moving to Spain and Portugal where she would work for six more years. Sonya studied Spanish in Costa Rica to prepare her for her many mission trips.

She spent the last 11 years employed with Deloitte Financial, LLP in Manhattan as an administrative assistant and serving as a member of the executive board of the Abba Ministries in Western, PA, which gives a voice to children impacted by abuse. Sonya took pride in her work and enjoyed sharing the Word of the Lord and finding the good in all people.

Sonya fought cancer for nine years and made some progress before it ultimately took her life. She wrote a book about this journey, which her brother, Todd, will finish by writing the last chapter at her request. Her book seeks to inspire those who are looking to the Lord and his magnificent works during times of trial.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother: Todd (Kathy) of Wenonah, N.J.; uncle: Ben (Phyllis) Charles of Green Valley, Ariz.; aunt: Sharon Charles of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and cousins: Annette, Karen, Pam and Sue.

Services were held Oct. 22 at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz. Interment followed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Sonya may be made to Abba Ministries Christian Center, 525 Mercer Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.

Arrangements by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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