Mathilda E. Sommer, 91, of rural Marissa, Ill., born June 21, 1924, in Baldwin, Ill., passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, Ill.
Mathilda grew up with her 11 brothers and sisters on the family farm, where she learned the joy of hard work and a job well done. She began her working career at Wehrheim's Mercantile in Baldwin, and later moved to St. Louis, where she and two of her sisters shared a home for many years. Mathilda became an accountant at Washington University's Brookings Hall, where once, though she rarely spoke of it, she and her coworkers bravely stood at gunpoint and were locked inside the vault. Eventually she became financial director of gifts and grants at the University's Medical School campus. Mathilda enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad with sisters, nieces and friends. After 30 years of building an accomplished career at the university, she retired and lived again at the family farm where she took loving care of her family. Her many nieces and nephews fondly remember the lamb cakes she baked for confirmation and Easter. Mathilda was a loving godmother to Donna Kay Boyd, Debra Kennett and Emilie Cummings.
Ms. Sommer was preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinand and Emilie, nee Luebkemann, Sommer; four brothers, Ferdinand Sommer, Fred Sommer, Rudolph Sommer and Louie Sommer; three sisters, Goldie Bollmeier, Augusta Ohm, and Lena Behnken; two nephews, Nolan Falkenhein, and Wayne Behnken; four brothers-in-law, Arkell Bollmeier, Leonard Ohm, Carl Behnken, Adolph Falkenhein; a sister-in-law, Helen Sommer; two nephews-in-law, Richard Dethrow, and Martin Wright.
Surviving are four sisters and a brother-in-law, Emilie Sommer, Frieda Sommer, Ella Falkenhein, and Leona (Joseph) Braun; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great- nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at: www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home, New Athens, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home, New Athens, Ill., with Rev. Royal Boeder officiating.
Burial will be held in the Baldwin City Cemetery, Baldwin, Ill.
FUNERAL HOME, New Athens, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 30, 2016