Joseph E. Sommers, 90
Nov. 3, 1925 ó Feb. 27, 2016
Joseph E. Sommers went to the Lordís loving arms on Feb. 27, 2016, at the age of 90 years.
Joseph was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Matilda Sommers. He was baptized, confirmed and married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. He attended 20th Street Grammar School, North Division High School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, in Washington, D.C. His love of country led him to the armed forces in February 1944, and he was assigned to training camp at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania. After training in the states, he trained in England, and then went to combat in France, Germany and Central Europe, under General Patton. He received the Purple Heart, the Medal of Metz, and after 70 years, The French Medal of Honor, for liberating the French in World War II, along with numerous awards throughout his military career of 41 years.
He retired as a colonel in the United States Army.
He loved his church and his family and also enjoyed biking, swimming, hiking and staying active.
Joseph was preceded in death by his mother and father; his two sisters, Loretta and Mildred, and their husbands, Paul and Burt; and his son-in-law, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of 62 years, and his children, Nancy (Robert) Fedie, Vicki Sommers, Sharon (the late Robert) Brisky, Barbara (Joseph) Gill and Michael (Angie) Sommers.
Also survived by his 11 grandchildren, Adrienne (David) Henderson, Bradley (Jenny) Fedie, Brittany (Zach) Fedie/Kemp, Maxwell Brisky, Samantha (Matt) Biegalow, Elizabeth Fedie, Joseph Gill Jr, Emily Westman, Rebecca and Kyle Karttunen and Jack Sommers. He is further survived by his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Moriah and Calvin Henderson and Lilly and baby Biegalow, and nephews Richard (Mitzi) Thurow and Donald (Kathy) Thurow; and other friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church-Freistadt for its mission work. The visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 10729 W. Freistadt Road, Mequon, followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. There will be a private committal held at a later date.
Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Joseph E. Sommers video tribute or to send online condolences to the Sommers Family.