Phyllis Jeanette Sommers

Phyllis Jeanette Sommers of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2017 at the age of 90.   She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 1926 to the late Albert and Helen Steck. Phyllis was preceded in death by her brother Gordon Steck, husband Jerome Sommers, and long term special love Jack Schwellinger. She was the beloved mother of Donna, Kathy and Susie Sommers and remembered by grandchildren, Cameron and Dawson June and her precious cat, Dickens.

A special thank you to Sandra who for years managed her care above and beyond everyone’s expectations. She also loved her other caregivers – Alecia, Crystal, Renee, Kathy, Elizabeth and Jennifer.

Burial will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and services will be announced at a later date.

22 Comments on “Phyllis Jeanette Sommers

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m wishing the family strength, good health and good fortune. Be well.

  2. Dear Kathy, Donna and Susie,

    Phil and I wish to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother.
    We visited with your mom and Jack during out stay in AZ in 2008 and 2009. She was very gracious. We had a good visit. Phyllis was blessed with a long life. May she rest in eternal peace.
    Your second cousin,
    Gloria Steck Kullmann

    • Thank you Gloria. Mom really enjoyed your visit
      Jack passed away early last year.
      I appreciate your prayers for their eternal rest

  3. Dear Donna Kathy and Susie, I am your 2nd cousin Laverne , eldest daughter of your Grandfathers brother Andrew. I grew up with your Mom though she was a few years older than me. My husband and I visited with her snd Jack in Arizona.
    She was a wonderful person and we communicated up to a couple of years ago.
    So sorry for your loss. If there is a ceremony in Milwaukee to honor her I know my sisters and I would want to attend.

    • Laverne,
      It’s really hard without Mom here – but she would smile knowing you sent this
      She is already back in Milwaukee. The funeral is at St Helen’s Church where she went to Catholic grade school. 3307 S 10th St.
      Tuesday 8/15 . A gathering will take place at 9:00 – 10:30. Mass will be at 10:30 with a procession to St Adalberts cemetery. There will be a lunch afterwards at the Packing House on Layton ave.
      I look forward to having you attend and celebrating her life completion at church.

  4. Hello Kathy, Donna and Susie
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she was able to die peacefully with family around her. I may not be in town for the funeral, but if I am – I will certainly attend and am looking forward to seeing all of you.
    Sandy Steck Griesemer

    • Sandy,
      Thank you so much for your reply to Mom’ s obituary. Susie and I were with Mom when she passed late at night on July 1st. We were holding her hand and praying for her transition. All of her caregivers were there as well. She had a lot of love around her when she left us.
      The funeral is at St Helens’ on 10th St on August 15th. The gathering is 9 – 10:30 with a procession to the grave after mass. I’m having a lunch at the Packing House afterwards.
      It was good to hear from you Sandy

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She lived a long life and I hope it was a happy one.

    • Hello Marilyn,
      Thank you for your comments – I have wondered over the years how you have been.
      I moved to Arizona 20 years ago to be close to Mom and have created a wonderful life here.

  6. So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, she was a beautiful lady and will be sorely missed.

    • Thank you so much Don and Rita for responding to Mom’s obituary
      Please keep her in your prayers

  7. Dear Kathy, Donna and Susie I can’t begin to tell you how shocked I was to see your Mom’s Obit in the paper. I was happy I had recently talked to her . While she did not sound the least bit ill. I knew dementia was there . We of course made light of it and I had her laughing. What she said to me was that she had moved several times since the last time we talked. She was living in Green Bay now. Which I knew was not the case When I asked if I could talk to the women that answered the phone she told me the only women there was the lady that works in the office with her. Because did I know she works in an office now? I am so sorry for your great loss. Phyllis was one of the first people Dave and I met when we moved here 19 years ago. We had a lot of good times together. I will miss her very much. If you have a service here please be sure I know because I will be there. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Rose

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    • Rose,
      My mother loved being your neighbor and all the parties at your house.
      She did have vascular dementia and was clear in and out – but always positive and loving to the end. I decided to take her home to Milwaukee and have mass at our old church – in celebration of the full circle of her life. Life will never be the same without her here, but I know she is happy in heaven and blessed for all the happiness and love she shared with us all.

  8. Kathy, Donna and Susie – I happened to see the obituary in the Milwaukee Journal and I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. This is Sandy Hartwig (now Armbruster) and we were bowling buddies back in the day! I told my husband that Phyllis was the fashion-plate of our league, she had the grace, beauty and form! We all had some good times. Again, I’m so sorry.

    • Hello Sandy,
      My mother certainly was all the above. Those were such fun and happy years.
      We all moved to Arizona 20 years ago and have had an amazing life here.
      I would love to talk to you sometime and see how you are doing these days.
      The funny thing is I feel like calling Mom to tell her that we heard from you. Didn’t know how to reach you over the years.
      Send me an e-mail when you get a chance.

  9. Dear Kathy, Donna, and Susie, I am sorry to read of the loss of your Mother. I have fond memories of your mother when we hung out at your house in high school and college. She was so pleasant, funny, and always had a bit of good advice. I also remember how pretty and young your mother always looked; and I couldn’t wait until I was her age so I could look that good! Of course that never happened to me.
    Sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you Judy. It was so good to talk to you last week.
      Time goes so fast. I’ll see you on your next trip to AZ

  10. Dear Daughters,
    I can’t say that I knew your Mom well but as a young child I remember her wedding to your Dad. She was a beautiful bride as I remember and greatly loved by her parents. I’m sure she will be missed by all of you and am sorry for your loss. She lived a very long life and hopefully did not suffer from illness as our Mother did.
    Take care,
    Nancy Steck Kriofsky (Daughter of Andrew Steck)

    • Hello Nancy
      Thank you so much for your posting. My mother was happy to the end of her life and dearly loved by many.
      It’s been difficult without her and I know your mother has been gone a few years now.
      Please keep her in your prayers
      I always remember your mother and father.

  11. Kathy,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I always remember her as being a lot of fun and laughing all the time. A woman of true poise and class who loved all three daughters tremendously. I hope that you are doing well. It brings back memories of old times and all the fun we had in the 70’s. I last saw her at Alverno College a few years back while attending a seminar. Just as vibrant as ever! I’d like to come to the service if possible.

    • Hello Bernie,
      Thank you so much for your comments and sharing your memories. Time has gone so fast Bernie
      She had dementia the last 2 or 3 years of her life. Jack died in 2016 – so I expected her not to be too long behind him,
      I had lots of caregivers for her and moved close to them 5 years ago to look after both of them. I feel totally lost without her – unlike the other deaths I dealt with in my life. I decided to bring her home to Milwaukee and bury her next to her parents – Grandma and Grandpa. The mass will be at St Helen’s on Tuesday 8/15 at 10:30 with a gathering starting around 9:00. There will be a procession to the cemetery afterwards and then a lunch at the Packing House. I have no idea of how many to expect. No matter what Bernie, I appreciate hearing from you. I pray for your parents all the time and have never forgot them. I hope you are and have been happy in all aspects of life over the years. Kathy

  12. Kathy are you on Facebook I would like to connect. I am under Mari Guckenberger I think we all missed your posting about the funeral. I feel terrible so sorry

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