Gregory F. Somers
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Gregory F. Somers, 87 of Polonia, passed away peacefully at the Portage County Health Care Center, on Monday, October 8, 2012, with his family at his side--and went to meet his mother for the first time.
He was born May 23, 1925 to Bert and Valeria (Sankey) Somers in Stockton. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by his maternal Uncle and Aunt, Frank and Susan Kubisiak.
He attended grade school at Saint Mary's Fancher and then went on to graduate from PJ Jacobs High School. When he was 17, he enlisted into the service on December 3, 1942 in Milwaukee. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Navy. He received the Asiatic Pacific medal with 2 stars, Good Conduct medal, WWII Victory medal and Philippine Liberation medal. He was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946 in Seattle Washington.
He married Grace Kozelek on June 5, 1948 at Sacred Heart Church in Polonia. They went on to have five children.
He worked for Consolidated Papers for 39 years and retired as a storeroom clerk. He was treasurer of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1306. And was a Knapp/Mason shoe salesman.
He was a past president of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, treasurer of the parish for numerous years, and was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 185 and American Legion Nelson/Kaminski Post 509 Rosholt.
He is survived by his wife, Grace. Three sons, Joseph (Henrietta) Somers; James (Judy) Somers; John Somers; and one daughter, Jacqueline (Ken) Adamski. All reside in Polonia. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jodi (Brandon) Schuster; Michael (Amber) Somers; Holly Somers; Nicholas Somers; Andrew (Lindsey) Somers; Abbie & Alex Adamski; Two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Isaac Somers. He is further survived by his sister, Esther (late Gene) Burant of Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Jerome; brothers Ray (Gertrude); Maynard (Eleanor); Bruno (Esther); sisters Sister Mary Constantine SSJ; Leona (Ed) Sharafinski; and Grace (Phil) Konkol.
He taught his children and grandchildren to try and fix things that were broken before you got rid of them. And if all else failed, duct tape fixes everything. He will be missed for his loving heart and kind spirit.
The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Portage County Health Care Center for their superior service, excellent care, and special attention during his stay.
Funeral Mass; 5:00 p.m. Thursday October 11, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Polonia. Rev Michael Radowicz officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at the church. Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home of Stevens Point is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com
Published in Stevens Point Journal from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2012