Sonia O (Orloff) Buck
Born 1930 in Philadelphia, PA
Died Nov. 3, 2021 in Syracuse, NY

Sonia O. Buck, 91, of Fayetteville, known as Sunni to friends and family, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who lived life with gusto. Sonia got her professional start at Random House in New York City before pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher at Edward Smith and other Syracuse schools. A lifelong learner, traveler, and theater lover, Sonia acted in multiple community theater groups, and was known for her ability to shake the rafters with a piercing Brooklyn accent on demand. She honored both Jewish and Unitarian traditions, and was an active May Memorial UU member. An ardent amateur tennis player, Sonia won multiple championships at Sundown, where she earned a reputation for placing killer shots without ever leaving the baseline. In her later years she became an avid bridge player and lover of Korean soap operas. Sonia was predeceased by her parents, Morris and Fannie Orloff, brother Jack Orloff, and sister Marian "Billie" Bailes. Sonia is survived by husband, Robert, her children, Tandy Camilli and her husband Dan, Robyn Gold and her husband Brett Peruzzi, Neil Buck, Edwin Buck and his wife Catherine, and grandchildren Michela Peruzzi Rosenblum, Angela Buck and Andrew Buck. Graveside services and burial will be conducted Monday November 8, 2 pm at Frumah Packard cemetery in Syracuse. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) or The Nature Conservancy. Please sign the guestbook at

Published by Syracuse Post Standard from Nov. 5 to Nov. 7, 2021.
Burial Location