Julia C. Somers

October 2, 2012

Julia Catherine Rommel Somers, 94, passed away in her home in Bear Creek Township Tuesday, October 02, 2012.

She was born on July 21, 1918 in Rahway, N.J., taught elementary school for several years and worked at Merck & Co.

She was an active member of her local church as she relocated throughout her life, including St. Mary's Parish, Rahway; St. James Church, Woodbridge; Our Lady of Victory, Tannersville, and St. Elizabeth's, Bear Creek. She organized the first Junior Catholic Daughters in St. Mary's Parish and was also a member of St. James Catholic Daughters, PTA, Altar Rosary Society, and Tannersville Senior Citizens' club.

She married Joseph P. Somers Sr. in 1951 and moved to Woodbridge, N.J., where they opened up Somers Flower House together. The couple celebrated 45 years of marriage before her husband passed away and she moved to Bear Creek Township.

She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Sr., and her mother, Sarah Rommel; her two brothers, Charles and Daniel Jr. Rommel; and her sister, Sarah Jensen.

Julia is survived by her son, Joseph P. Somers Jr. (Julie), Milford, N.J.; her daughter, Maureen A. Malone (Michael), Bear Creek; her grandchildren, Kerry Williams (Randall); Sean, Brian, Erin and Patrick Malone; Karleen Somers; more than 40 nieces and nephews.

She was a three-time cancer survivor, a true fighter, and left a legacy of strength and determination. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 9:30 a.m. from the Gerity & Chubenko Funeral Home, 411 Amboy Ave., Woodbridge, N.J., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Resurrection at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Woodbridge, N.J., with interment at St. James Cemetery, Woodbridge. Visitation will be Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In addition to flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Julia's memory made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.

Published in Times Leader on Oct. 4, 2012