• Born in Napoleon, OH, to parents Otis and Lois (Benzino) Sonnenberg, 1954
  • Grandparents Ted and Amelia (Badenhop) Sonnenberg of Holgate, OH, and Frank and Margaret (Cain) Benzino of Tonawanda, NY
  • Married Elizabeth S. (Beth) Sonnenberg at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC, Rev. Horace Hilton officiating, 1978
  • Two sons born 1986 and 1989 in Wilmington, NC





  • Newspaper Carrier, Toledo Blade, Bowling Green, OH, 1966
  • Newspaper Carrier, Sentinel Tribune, Bowling Green, OH, 1967-1970
  • Dishwasher, Roberts Fine Foods, Bowling Green, OH, 1968
  • Painter, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1969-1970
  • Painter, Pearl Oil Gas Company, Bowling Green, OH, 1971-1972
  • Stock and Sales Clerk, University Bookstore, Bowling Green State University, 1972-1974
  • Sales Clerk, Art and Engineering Department, University Bookstore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1974-1975
  • Farm Hand, F.A. Needham Dairy Farm, Mebane, NC, 1975
  • Truck Loader, Wilmington Package Company, Wilmington, NC, 1976
  • Research Assistant to Dr. Gilbert Bane, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 1976 – 1978
  • Industrial Painter, Precision Metal Products, Wilmington, NC, 1978
  • Research Scientist, NC State University, Brunswick Nuclear Plant, Southport, NC, 1978
  • Teacher and Construction Supervisor, Youth Conservation Corps, NC Aquarium, Ft. Fisher, NC, 1979
  • Framing Carpenter, J. B. Johnson Construction, Wilmington, NC, 1979
  • Industrial Painter/Wood Finisher/Re-finisher/Cabinet-Maker, The Master’s Touch, Wilmington, NC, 1980-1982
  • Painter, Wilmington Painting, Inc., Wilmington, NC, 2004, 2007, 2015-2016
  • Sonnenberg Painting & Home Repair, Wilmington, NC, 2016 – present


  • Tennis, woodworking, photography, music, writing, bicycling, kayaking, blogging, journaling

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