Robert ‘Bob’ Sontag
Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church at the age of 68, Saturday, December 26, 2020.
Beloved husband of Kathy (nee Sullivan), dear father of Kevin (Nicole), Eric (Stacie), and Julia, beloved grandfather of Andi, dear brother of Sandy (David), Chris, and Phil (Keith), dear son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, mentor and volunteer. Bob devoted his life to the service of others, and the world is a better place because he was in it.
Services: Visitation and Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 at St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church, 796 Buckley Road, St. Louis, MO 63125. Visitation at 10:00 a.m. with the Mass to follow at 12:00 p.m. Due to the uptick in the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the family asks that everyone who attends the visitation and Mass be fully vaccinated. Bob donated his body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He was a member of St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Feed My People appreciated.
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Anonymous saysJanuary 25, 2021 at 6:27 pm
I send my deepest sympathy to the Sontag family. Heaven has certainly gained another angel.
Bob was my practicum supervisor at Green Park Nursing Home when I was working on my Masters in Social Work at UMSL. He has been a mentor to me ever since. He was the nicest, and kindest man. He challenged me and gave me all the insight I needed in learning how to be a strong, confident and caring social worker. He never let me give up. He always checked in with me well beyond my practicum years. He was so calm and cool and I loved that about him. He didn’t get rattled very often. Bob I will miss you and I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and commitment to the field of Social Work.
Anonymous saysJanuary 6, 2021 at 9:55 pm
I wanted to express condolences to the Sontag Family and to all to whom Bob was a friend and colleague. Bob was the epitome of a wonderful social worker! He gave so much of himself to his patients in the VA system, but he also supported countless other social workers, mentoring so many, and showing what best social worker practice was for so many. When he retired he took communion to homebound parishioners. I am so grateful to have known him for over thirty years. Hazel S Kirk, LCSW
Mary Moser saysJanuary 5, 2021 at 3:22 am
I was one of Bob’s many cousins on the Sontag side. We haven’t been very close over the past years but I will always remember what a big help he was when our parents Stan & Jackie Ferguson were in their declining years. He always kept track of our parents and was willing to help whenever he was needed. He will be missed.
Mary Raines Stassi saysJanuary 1, 2021 at 9:04 pm
I knew Bob and Kathy through St. Matthias where our daughters attended school together. I also had the honor of working with Bob in his role as a Social Worker when I was in LTC. I never saw him without a smile on his face and he always had a kind word for everyone he came in contact with. This world is indeed a better place because of his devotion to others. Prayers for the Sontag family. So terribly sorry for your loss.
Elisa Sandvoss saysJanuary 1, 2021 at 6:09 am
Bob will be missed by so many here at JB VA. Bob was a beautiful soul and the kindest man you could ever meet.
Eric Sontag saysDecember 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm
This is Eric Sontag, Bob’s son. I just want to thank everyone for their kind words about Dad. I knew he was highly respected in the social work community, but wow, I have been absolutely blown away by the number of people that have weighed in on how much of an impact he made on their lives and careers. Thank you all so much for your love and support.
Paul D and Susan R. McLaughlin saysDecember 31, 2020 at 12:40 pm
Bob and I go back to 1975 when we entered graduate school at SLU. We became and remained great friends, despite living so many miles a part. He was one of the few people I know who lived what St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians. It goes “…Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil (except when the Cubs lose), but rejoices in the truth…” Paul could lift up Bob as an example for all us.
We love Kathy and her devotion to his care was incredible. She and the rest of the Sontag clan remain in our prayers. But, he is now in the more immediate presence with the Almighty and can watch every Cardinals game.
I will miss you Bob. I hope to see you on the other side.
Seabrook Island, SC
Deb Bryer saysDecember 30, 2020 at 4:54 am
Bob will be so missed by the community of social service workers. One of the nicest people I’ve known…always so willing to help and to share his knowledge. He made a real difference in this world. My condolences to his family.
Joyce Wilton saysDecember 30, 2020 at 1:26 am
Bob was every social worker’s go to person
About VA benefits. He was always willing to present also when we needed a speaker. More importantly I am just sorry he is no longer here as he was such a gracious man & truly helped everyone!! Prayers for his family
Julie Kadlec saysDecember 29, 2020 at 11:32 pm
The social work community mourns this loss so very much but even more than that Bob was such a kind, thoughtful man that I know will be missed by all-family, friends, former colleagues, students and acquaintances. He touched so many of us, thank you Bob!
Maria Miskovic saysDecember 29, 2020 at 11:11 pm
Bob is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. I met him over 20 years ago when I was looking for a practicum in my graduate social work program. It wasn’t necessarily a match then, but when I met him again in person just a couple years afterwards, He always treated me like I was special. His humble attention to discuss work related functions was always a great support as I grew up in social work. We are so sad to lose him and wish you all love and peace in your days ahead. Without a doubt, Bob is one of our angels who affected so many lives for the better. I will miss his love of people, his love of the Cardinals, his respect of others and his strong unwavering faith. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for healing through the wonderful memories he leaves behind.
Anonymous saysDecember 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm
I had the pleasure of knowing Bob through social work organizations. He was one of the most caring and compassionate person. Not only was he a fierce resident rights advocate, but he also had a great enthusiasm to teach others to share his passion for those in need. I am deeply sorry to hear of his passing and my condolences goes out to his family who loved him.
April Esquivel saysDecember 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm
My heart goes out to all his friends and family. He always was a wealth of information about Veterans benefits and always willing to share, to teach and to help. He will be sorely missed…
Cheryl Kinney saysDecember 29, 2020 at 9:25 pm
Bob was truly a legend in the field of social work. I knew him first as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, leading a caregiver support group for many years. I also knew him through his affiliation with the Social Work Leaders in Healthcare group. Bob was a true leader and devoted his time to training up new social workers and sharing his expertise with others. His kind smile was always present. Bob will surely be missed by all whose lives were touched by him. RIP Bob
Mike, Paula & Kelly Family saysDecember 29, 2020 at 8:47 pm
RIP, Bob. A really ‘cool’ guy. We are richer because we knew you. You left the world a better place with the work you did and the people you met and inspired. To your family – Kathy, Kevin, Eric & Julia, et al – we offer our sincerest condolences. Because we believe God is always with us, and you ARE with God, then you ARE with us.
Stacey Barton saysDecember 29, 2020 at 8:15 pm
I have known Bob since I became a social worker through our professional memberships and crossing paths on professional matters. He is highly regarded and has left a mark in ways most of us never will. The world, our profession, and our community is better for Bob having lived it. I am sorry to the family for your grief. Please know that so many people know how special Bob is and your loss is immeasurable. I hope you find peace in your memories.
Pat Thibodeau saysDecember 29, 2020 at 8:07 pm
Only through Bob’s persistent encouragement and supervision did I complete the LCSW credentialing requirements in social work. His wisdom, patience, and kindness provided a model to all of the students who were lucky enough to have had his guidance. My sympathy is extended to his wife and family on their loss.
Sarah Layton saysDecember 29, 2020 at 7:43 pm
I extend my deepest condolences to the Sontag family. The social work community is certainly feeling this loss. He supervised me from 09-11 and was always someone I could count on. Thank you Bob, for your dedication to our field. He represented all that is good in the career and gave back to so many of us. I remember many hours spent in his living room, his sweet wife occasionally coming in from her nursing shifts and seeing the pictures of the kids on the wall. May peace be with you all.
Anonymous saysDecember 29, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Bob had such an impact on everyone. I only had the blessing of meeting him a couple of times, but his gentle spirit and guidance were so powerful. My condolences to family and friends. I know he will be missed very much.
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