Sonia Baron Saag passed away January 10, 2019, at age 93. A native of Louisville, she was born on May 21, 1925, to the late Faye and Sam Baron and lived in Louisville all her life. She and her late husband, Henry I. Saag, were best known in Louisville as owners of movie theaters. Along with Henry’s family and later their son, John, they owned and operated several movie theaters in the region – the Kentucky on Fourth Street, the Village Eight, the Vogue, the Preston and South Park Drive-Ins, and other theaters in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Sonia was a stunning and stylish woman with striking red hair. Always well-dressed and coifed, she looked years younger than she was. She was famously known to have skipped work one day to attend the Kentucky State Fair, only to find herself pictured the next day in the newspaper as Miss Redhead of 1944, much to the surprise of her unaware boss and parents. She attended Atherton High School and the University of Louisville. During college, she met Henry, the love of her life. They married after he returned from the war and enjoyed 51 years of marriage until he passed away in 1998. She and Henry were seasoned travelers and shared many wonderful trips in this country and abroad.
Sonia was a sought-after organizer and an accomplished hostess. She loved to entertain. Her home was the scene of many creatively themed parties and was a favorite gathering spot for family. Sonia was active in many community organizations. A life-long member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, she served as President of Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood and President of Jewish Hospital Women’s Guild. She was an avid supporter of Fund for the Arts and an active member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women.
Family played a central role in Sonia’s life. She grew up in Louisville with an extended group of aunts, uncles and cousins, raised three children, and was devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who, as the family grew, scattered across both the US and Switzerland. In turn, they were devoted to their Grammy, gathering in Italy for her 80th birthday, California for her 90th, and then all returning to Louisville to be with her for a reunion this past summer.
Sonia is survived by her three children: Linda Saag (Mike) Baker, Susan (Ueli) Engel-Saag, and John (Debbie) Saag; seven grandchildren: Sam (Molly) Baker, Joshua (Stefanie) Baker, Andrew Baker, Anne Engel, Lea Engel (Denis Felser), Noah Saag and Rebecca (Kathleen) Saag; and nine great-grandchildren: Sydney, Ellie, Mae, Leo, Jack, Faye, Lou, Esme, and Lela; her brothers Dr. Norton (Pat) Baron, Gerald (Mickey) Baron, brother-in-law James (Gloria) Saag, and many nieces and nephews with whom she has maintained close relationships. She is preceded in death by her brother- and sister-in-law Edward and Elaine Saag.
The family would also like to thank her companion, Jackie Partee, her caregivers, Barbara Foster, Paula Burr, Bertha Spaulding and Debra Priest, and Louisville Hosparus for their attention, loyalty and care.
Funeral services will be at on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue, Louisville, with interment to follow in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Home of the Innocents, 1100 East Market Street, Louisville KY 40206, or donor’s favorite charity.
Interment: Adath Jeshurun Section D-2, Lot 22, Grave A