Sonja Lane, long time Santa Barbara resident, passed away suddenly on August 18 while camping near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sonja earned her BA and Masters Degree at UCLA, and went on to serve as a research librarian at the central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. In the early 1970s, Sonja began working on the Catalogue Of The Literary Estate of Arnold Schoenberg. Her completed work was then used as an inventory when the Schoenberg archives were donated to the University of Southern California.
Both before and after the loss of her husband Samuel Lane, Sonja volunteered for many years in the community, including both at Food Bank & for 20 years at LotusLand in both orchard, the gift ship, & hospitality . She was also a member of The Lotus Society.
At her side when she passed was Jace Miller, her close companion of 40 years, with whom Sonja often travelled, under sail and by road, exploring the American southwest and Mexico. Sonja is survived by a sister in Santa Barbara, and extended family in Germany.