DELORES J. SOMMERS
Delores (Mrs. Roger) Sommers, age 76, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at her home after a courageous two year battle with Leukemia.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday, May 18th from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Delores Jean, the daughter of Henry G. and Martha (Recher) Boernsen, was born May 27, 1935 in Harrison Township near May City, Iowa. She was baptized at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in May City on June 16, 1935 and confirmed there on May 22, 1949. She attended country school Ė Harrison #4 and graduated from Hartley High School in 1954. She worked at Camp Okoboji for two summers during high school. She graduated from St. Johnís in Winfield, Kansas with a teaching certificate and accepted her first synod placement to Trinity Lutheran School in Faribault to teach 2nd grade in 1956. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. Delores married Roger F. Sommers on June 9, 1962. Together they farmed for numerous years and owned and operated A&W in Faribault for 27 years. Delores was involved in Bethany, LWML, Women in Mission, Trinity Pie Makers, Bowling League, and 500 Club with the American Legion. She and Roger took many trips, including New England, Hawaii, Florida, Alaska, Washington, D.C., Bahamas and Europe several times. She enjoyed flower gardening, bowling, swimming and rollerskating.
She is survived by her husband, Roger; seven children, Linda (and Bruce) Donnay of Glencoe, Laurie (and Rev. John) Meyer of Trimont, Richard "Rich" (and Loree Lynn) Sommers of Faribault, Robert "Bob" (and Raquel) Sommers of Northfield, Paul (and Karen) Sommers of Faribault, Christine (and Sean) Austin of Bozeman, MT and Carolyn (and David) Tillotson of Richfield; 15 grandchildren, Tyler Donnay, Sarah, Mark, William and Anna Meyer, Jessica Anderson, Molly (and Tedd) Pederson, Troy Sande, Nicole, Peter, Taylor and Nathaniel Sommers, Elsa Austin, Dylan Ramsey and Alice Tillotson; seven step great grandchildren, Logan, Luke, Ava, Gracie, Piper, Chloe and Zachary; sister, Arlene Zielske; brother, Kenneth Boernsen; sisters in law and brothers in law.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be directed to Lutheran World Relief, Trinity Lutheran Scholarship Fund or St. Johnís Lutheran in May City, Iowa.
Name: Jim & Sharon Drache
Date: Saturday May 19, 2012
Mrs. Sommers was my 2 & 4th grade teacher at Trinity. She was always nice to me and always had time to help me in class. Never meet her children but do remember she did take some time off when I was in the 4th grade to have her twins. Wish her family the best and we all know that Delores loved God and is with peace and pain free with God. Someday we will all meet again with the love of God at our side. God Promise is wonderful for all of us. Always Love God Best Wishes Jim Drache
Name: Susan Snyder
Date: Thursday May 17, 2012
May God be with your family at this time. Our thoughts, prayers, and love go out to you.
Name: Cheryl J. Hill/Purfeerst
Date: Thursday May 17, 2012
She was my teacher at Trinity Lutheran confirmation class of 1963 Always a nice and kind person, I have fond memories of her as a teacher.
Name: Diana Nelson
Date: Wednesday May 16, 2012
My heart hurts for you at this time of loss. Know that, although I am unable to personally express my sympathy to the family, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.