Tricounty News

Donald Sommers, 73



Donald Sommers of St. Cloud died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in Hackensack. He was 73.

A memorial celebration of Don's life will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud, with a special tribute beginning at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Donald L. Sommers was born Nov. 3, 1936, to Sylvester and Laura Sommers in the sandy hills between Kimball and Fair Haven on a fierce, fall blizzard day. He attended school in Kimball, graduating in 1954. That fall he enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Great Lakes, Ill. As an aerographer, he served stints on Kwajalein, N.I., Olympia, Wash., and aboard the U.S.S. Kenneth Whiting. In the fall of 1957, Don enrolled in St. Cloud State University. Dec. 28, 1957, he married Dorothy Leaf of St. Louis Park. Don graduated from SCSU with a degree in elementary education and took a job in Hibbing, teaching sixth grade in Cobb-Cook school. In the fall of 1961, Don and family returned to St. Cloud where he took a job at Garfield School until Westwood School was built. He taught at Westwood until his retirement in 1992. He was fiercely proud of the students, parents, faculty and staff that graced the halls of his beloved Westwood. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, sporting events, and spending time with his family. He was very vibrant, outgoing and a great story teller.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sister James, Marvin, Raymond, Edward "Bubs," and Fern.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; sons Scott (and Deb), Steve, all of Odessa, Texas, Gary (and Janell) of Spicer, daughter Susan (and David) Souba of Mora; eight grandchildren; and sister and brother Evelyn Strack of Cannon Falls and Stanley of Lexington, Ky, (formerly of St. Paul).