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In Memory of

Sondra K. Conk

April 17, 1947 - September 4, 2016

Obituary


In loving memory of Sondra Conk who passed away peacefully after a courageous battle against kidney cancer, with her loving family at her side.

Sondra was the first child born to Helena and Gerard Poirier in Syracuse, NY; moving to Liverpool, NY as a child. Sondra owned and operated a Paperback Booksmith store in Baldwinsville, NY for 4 years and was an avid reader. Sondra followed the sunshine to Sarasota in 1977 with her husband, David Guelfi and daughter, Tina Guelfi. After several years in retail Sondra found her true calling and passion by...

In loving memory of Sondra Conk who passed away peacefully after a courageous battle against kidney cancer, with her loving family at her side.

Sondra was the first child born to Helena and Gerard Poirier in Syracuse, NY; moving to Liverpool, NY as a child. Sondra owned and operated a Paperback Booksmith store in Baldwinsville, NY for 4 years and was an avid reader. Sondra followed the sunshine to Sarasota in 1977 with her husband, David Guelfi and daughter, Tina Guelfi. After several years in retail Sondra found her true calling and passion by helping new families moving into Sarasota/ Manatee area after taking a position OUR TOWN AMERICA. When the company started to franchise; she jumped at the opportunity and bought the 1st franchise.
She just celebrated over 10 years of success and growth. Sondra's gift was making everyone feel like a friend and had the ability to light up the room.

She was a champion for women. She mentored, nurtured, and became best of friends with many women over the years, not only through business, but also personally. Sondra was active in many business organizations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties such as the Professional Network of Sarasota, Executive Network, Women with Connections, SWAT Sisters, TCOB (Taking Care of Business), BNI (Business Network International) and Meet up Dogs with her little Yorkie, Buster. She was especially passionate about helping the needy families every year at Christmas for (The Florida Center for Early Childhood Development).

But most of all Sondra loved to dance!

Sondra was predeceased by her daughter, Tina Guelfi; her first husband, David Guelfi, and her second husband, Ronald Conk and is leaving behind all of those who loved her; sisters, Lisa (David) Miller, Janice (Richard) Paestella, and her brother, Douglas Poirier; nieces and nephews and her best friends.

The family will hold a "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00am-12:30 pm at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34232. Following the Service, the family would like to extend an invitation for a luncheon at Sahib Shrine, 600 N. Beneva Road in Sarasota.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Florida Center for Early Childhood Development.