Barbara Sonsini 1939–2018

Barbara Sonsini

Barbara Condon Sonsini of Woodside CA died on Nov. 28 at the age of 79. The cause of death was ovarian cancer.

Sonsini attained the rank of Emerald Life Master at the Sacramento Regional in June. She has one NABC title – the Machlin Women’s Swiss in 2012, and second-place finishes in the 2005 Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match and the 2013 Machlin Women’s Swiss. Her team finished in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Venice Cup in Bali, Indonesia, in 2013.

Dutch professional player Huub Bertens, who lives in Bend OR, played with Sonsini for a number of years.

“We played a lot of bridge together,” Bertens says. “She studied hard and worked so hard on her game. She played three to four club games a week and seven or eight times a week online with players including Beth Palmer and Bruce Ferguson. Barbara couldn’t stand losing! We flew to tournaments all over the world. It was an adventure. I will miss her.”

Sonsini was born in San Francisco on Nov. 7, 1939, to Col. John Condon and Betty Condon of San Mateo. She graduated from Pomona College in Claremont CA, and received a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. She also studied in Geneva, Vienna and Mexico. For many years, she taught German and French at Cupertino High School in California.

Sonsini grew up an avid tennis player, competing in several junior tournaments in her youth.

She is survived by her husband Larry, daughter Alison, stepsons Matthew and Peter, and eight grandchildren.