Emmeli Schaffner Sommer, our adored and beloved wife and mother, passed away very unexpectedly at the age of 81 on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Salt Lake City, soon after attending an LDS mission reunion with her eternal companion.
Emmeli was born the sixth of seven children to Karl and Emma (Weisskopf) Schaffner on Aug. 21, 1931, in the small hillside village of Fullinsdorf, Switzerland. When Emmeli was 9 years old, LDS missionaries taught and baptized Emmeli and several of her family members into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Emmeli remained true to her testimony of truth from the day of her baptism to her final breath.
In July 1951, at age 19, Emmeli immigrated to America -- Rexburg, Idaho, of all places. She worked for the Eldon Steiner family as a nanny and developed her English skills around their children. She has ever retained her stunning Swiss accent.
Emmeli first met Jack Sommer of Rexburg just prior to her immigration to America. Upon Jack's return from his Swiss mission in late 1951, Jack and Emmeli were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Jan. 2, 1952.
Emmeli's love of life was her family and service to all. Her untiring care and love unbounded for her husband, children and grandchildren, her delivery of many loaves of bread and meals to friends, neighbors and those in need, and her innumerable kind acts and love unending will be sorely missed. Her commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been whole and complete. She has served multiple missions with her husband, Jack, and has served in church callings and in LDS Temple service.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Sommer of Hibbard; children, Jack N. (Annette) of Salt Lake City, Thane (Carolyn) of Grover, Wyo., Shawn (Shirleen) of Salt Lake City, Michel (Ryan) Walker of Billings, Mont., Raymond (the late Mindy) of Hibbard and Jared (Katie) of Hibbard; 29 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister in Switzerland; and a sister, Liselotte Janson of Rexburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother and Raymond's wife, Mindy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the LDS Henry's Fork Stake Center, 1508 S. 3000 North in Rexburg. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday prior to the funeral services at the stake center. Interment will be in Rexburg Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.