Mary Ann Sommer
Mary Ann Sommer, age 86, of Parkston, SD, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at Avera Bormann Manor, Parkston. A private, family service will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Parkston, with a public grave-side service at a future date in 2021. Family would prefer memorials in lieu of flowers.
Mary Ann (Weber) Sommer was born October 15, 1934, to Matt and Mary (Schmidt) Weber at Dimock, SD. She married Norbert Sommer on June 17, 1953, and worked side by side with him on the family farm, raising five kids, a multitude of crops, livestock and garden big enough to feed the entire neighborhood. In 1978, Mary Ann got her first job away the farm, sewing jackets at Raven Industries until her retirement. She got her driver’s license at the age of 59 and would often be seen tooling around Parkston in her little purple Chevy S-10. It’s that perseverance that got her through the difficult times – taking Norbert to his medical appointments, staying on the family farm after his death and adjusting to her life at the nursing home.
Cherishing the memories of Mary Ann are her children, Aggie (Dale) Schlump, Sioux Falls, Kathy Neugebauer, Sioux Falls, Rita (Gregg) Wagner, Parkston, Dort (Dewayne) Keiper of Lennox and Tom, (Tammy) Sommer, Parkston; 12 grandchildren: Sara (John) Weber, Cory Schlump, Angie (Travis) Henning, Ashley (Gary) Lazuk, Josh (Jenna) Neugebauer, Haylee (David) Maxwell, Logan Wagner, Matt (Lindsey) Keiper, Melissa (Ryan) Vande Kieft, Becky (Mikeal) Cooper, Nicole Sommer and Erin Sommer; 15 great-grandchildren Austin, Ian, Drew and Reese Weber, Chase, Brady and Grayson Henning, Addie and Ella Neugebauer, Nash and Noah Maxwell, Paige and Shaun Keiper, Crosbee Vande Kieft and Mila Cooper, two sisters; Delores (Harold) Leitheiser, Emery, and Lorraine (Allan) Montefering, Parkston, one brother, Jerry (Lois) Weber, Mitchell, a sister-in-law, Evonne Weber, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norbert, parents Matt and Mary, son-in-law Roger Neugebauer, sister Florentine (Harold) Pike, brother Ed Weber and sister-in-law Genevieve (Raymond) Berg. Arrangements by Koehn Funeral Home in Parkston.