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William M. Schommer

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William M. Schommer Obituary

Townshend - William M Schommer, 92 of Townshend died Wednesday morning November 23 at the Grace Cottage Hospital, succumbing to an injury and complications suffered in a fall at his residence. His was a brief struggle but always remained optimistic and smiling.

Bill was born to Edgar and Louise Schommer on August 22, 1924, in Appleton, WI.

During his senior year of high school, Bill enlisted in the US Navy in January 1943. He proudly served this great country as a Pharmacists Mate 2nd class in the Pacific theater during WW II. Bill was awarded the ASIATIC PACIFIC AREA RIBBON, the AMERICAN AREA RIBBON and the WORLD WAR II VICTORY RIBBON prior to his honorable discharge in January 1946.

Bill returned to civilian life and settled in the Bay Area of San Francisco where he studied art and met the love of his life, Shirley Mae (Quelland). Not Long after their marriage they moved east and settled in New York City where Bill pursued his career as a very successful Graphic Artist an AD MAN. Bill travelled the world with Shirley over the course of their 60PLUS years together. Together they visited such places as: France, England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Egypt, Ireland and China. But his favorite trips were the 14 winters they spent together spending two months each time relaxing on the beach, swimming, fishing and enjoying their time together and with their many newfound friends on the Caribbean island of Culebra, PR.

The travel bug was still biting, even after Shirley passed. At 88 years young, Bill took off for a cross-country adventure in his car, visiting friends, family and enjoying the scenery. On a later expedition, he went cross-country by train, even visiting the Grand Canyon.

Bill never lost his passion for art, design and painting. Some of his commercial projects included working with Dristan, Mattel (Barbie) and the New York World's Fair. He continued to create his wonderful art, long after relocating from the Big Apple and moving to Vermont. Bill worked on many advertising and business projects, while he and Shirley also created a successful antique business in Newfane. Bill was also an avid fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the Green Bay Packers. Much of his art is on display in various homes and businesses throughout the world.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and his two brothers, John (Jack), and Philip (Phid).

He is survived by a sister, Louise (m. Roger Steppe), a sister-in- law Jeannie (m.Jack), his sister-in- law Janet (Quelland) Schweitzer, his loving daughter Sara and her husband Howard, grandchildren Adam (m. Monique) and Rachel Shrome (m. Nicholas) and his three great grand-children Alixandria and Liliana Shrome and Ari William Cohen, all living in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. area, along with many nieces and nephews. Bill's loving family and his `extended family' at Valley Cares (West River Valley Assisted Living) all miss him tremendously and his many friends have expressed their love for this "GENTLEMAN" many times.

SERVICES: A Memorial Service / Celebration Of Life will be held at the Newfane Congregational Church at 11 a.m., January 14, 2017 with a reception to follow at the church. Contributions in Bill's honor may be made to the GRACE COTTAGE HOSPITAL, or Valley Cares.

To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Dec. 10, 2016
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