As Aunt Cleo said in a comment yesterday, Aunt Alma was taken to be with Jesus on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. I spoke to Carolyn Jean this evening and she shared a little of information with me about Aunt Alma’s last few months. I’ll pass some of that along here for those of you who, like me, live a little further away:
In August, Aunt Alma was in the hospital for about a week, but she got better and was able to move back into Jefferson Manor.
One late night in September, Aunt Alma told the nurses at Jefferson Manor that she wanted to have her sins forgiven. Carolyn Jean and David went over and Aunt Alma told them the same thing. They called Pastor Powell who came right over (this was between 11:30 and midnight). Pastor Powell spent about a half hour reading passages from Revelations and Matthew as well as the 23rd Psalm (which they recited together) . After that he communed the whole family. Carolyn Jean said it was very nice and she was impressed by the amount of time that Pastor Powell spent there in the middle of the night.
October was a good month for Aunt Alma. She was able to go up and down the halls in her wheelchair. Craig, Cassandra and Cassica were all able to come to visit at various times during the month and Alma was strong enough to hold little Clairann.
They were all looking forward to spending time together at Thanksgiving, but Carolyn Jean said that Aunt Alma was looking forward to a different and altogether nicer Thanksgiving in heaven.
I’ll copy and paste the obituary and funeral information below. You can also read it directly at the Hauser-Millard Funeral Home website.
Alma Selma Sommerer, 100, of Jefferson City died Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Jefferson City Manor. She was born March 4, 1913, in Jefferson City, a daughter of Richard and Leona Loesch Goldammer. She attended Trinity Lutheran School.
On February 14, 1947, Alma was united in marriage at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in St. Louis to Erhardt Mathias Sommerer, who preceded her in death on December 29, 1996.
Alma was a housekeeper for various families in the area for over 30 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the church’s Women’s Auxiliary.
She is survived by one son, Leon G. Sommerer of Salt Lake City, Utah; one daughter, Carolyn J. Schlichtmann and husband David of Jefferson City; three grandchildren: Craig Schlichtmann of St. Louis, Cassica Jobe and husband Justin of Fairmont, Minnesota, Carissa Schlichtmann of Cleveland, Ohio; and three great grandchildren: Cailwyn, Cadleigh and Clairann Jobe. Alma was preceded in death by one daughter, Diane Lynn Sommerer, on November 16, 1955; four brothers: Edwin, Albert, Harry and Tommy Goldammer; and three sisters: Minnie Zumwalt, Clara Goldammer and Aleda Thiel.
Friends will be received from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Russ Bowder and Rev. Samuel Powell officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Music Fund or Calvary Lutheran High School.
Anyone have a better copy of this?
My 7th and 8th grade years were spent at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Honey Creek. This school was located only about ¼ mile from where I was born (we moved to Henley address when I was one year old). My catechism teacher was Rev. Zeigler and regular classes were taught by Marvin Brandt. Marvin lived with my Aunt Nora and Uncle Henry Hemeyer. Aunt Nora and Uncle Henry lived in the house my grandpa Ehrardt built. Grandma Sommerer watered the cedars that are still on the road. This sacred spot is called “Cedar Row.” Marvin later married my cousin, Alice.
For a while our catechism classes were held in the original building which I believe served as church and school. It was a log cabin. I don’t believe it is there now. I graduated from 8th grade at Honey Creek then went on to Eugene High School. I was also received confirmation at Immanuel Lutheran Church. I can’t remember what my memory verse was. I can remember the nice dinner held at our house with brothers, sisters and relatives attending. I received many gifts. I remember a pink billfold, a chiffon pink blouse from Alma & Bud and there were other gifts I can’t remember.
It was special to me in another way – I got to wear my first high heels, hose and bra! I made my white dress (it was traditional for the girls to wear white dresses). I think Margie sent the material. My moral values and spiritual commitment were a result of my parents’ strict upbringing and influence. It was well understood/absorbed from my early years on that expectations were high and no immorality would be tolerated. I am thankful to have had parents who loved enough to make life a little difficult in the teenage years, to later have an unencumbered and fulfilled adulthood. (In other words, I am glad they were strict/mean to me so I turned out good!)