Gerald E. 'Jay' Sommers, 96Gerald E. "Jay" Sommers, age 96, of Hastings, died Monday, March 11, at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
Gerald E. "Jay" Sommers, age 96, of Hastings, died Monday, March 11, at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community.
Jay was born June 13, 1916, in Hastings, to Charles and Laura (Knaresbo) Sommers. He was a graduate of Hastings High School and served in the Army during WWII. Jay had worked at Smead Manufacturing for over 50 years. That was where he met his future wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Milbauer, and they wed on July 1, 1950, in Hastings.
Jay was a life member and past commander of Hastings VFW, a member of the Am. Legion, had served on the Hastings City Council, served as the Grand Marshall in the 2006 Hastings Rivertown Parade, and was an avid deer hunter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; and his two brothers, Thomas and Marvin.
Jay is survived by his daughters, Sandy (Lloyd) Burdine of Rosemount and Pam Marquette of Hastings; grandson, Brian Schommer (Nicole) of Arizona; sisters, Marie McAlwee of California and Loretta Foss of Hastings; sister-in-law Char Milbauer of Plymouth, Minn.
The funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Cole Kracke, will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings, with visitation 2 hours prior to the service. The Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post #1210 will provide military honors following the funeral at church.
Arrangements by Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com.
Comments posted on this page do not reflect opinions of Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion, advice given or made. All replies are subject to approval and must follow Forum Communications Company guidelines concerning statements of libel, personal attacks or defamation of character. Replies in the "Talk About It" section that criticize a person by name may not be posted, unless that person is openly involved in a public issue. Comments written in all capital letters or bold print will not be considered for inclusion in the forum.