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Joseph R. Sommer Joseph R. Sommer

Joseph R. Sommer

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Mary’s Parish member

Joseph R. Sommer, 61, of Whitehall, died July 3, 2019, in his residence. He was the husband of Jean (Sharkazy) Sommer for 28 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Joseph G. and Patricia (Betz) Sommer of Coplay.

He was a 1975 graduate of Whitehall High School. He graduated from Muhlenberg College and earned a Master of Business Administration from DeSales University.

He was a general manager for Carpenter Company, Fogelsville, for 16 years. Before that, he was a quality control manager for the former C.R. Bearing Seals Division, Bethlehem.

He was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish, Catasauqua.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Elijah R. at home; three daughters, Gabrielle R. and her husband Jacob Donchez of Grantham, N.H., Hannah E., at home and Kristin of Whitehall; three brothers, Christopher of Coplay and Jeffrey with Janice and Timothy with Sara of Whitehall; two sisters, Sandra and her husband Randy Knecht of Nazareth and Charlotte and her husband Timothy Minnich of Walnutport; nieces; and nephews.

Contributions may be sent to the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation Inc., c/o Dennis Latos, 15-54216 St., Bayside, N.Y. 11360; or to the church, 122 Union St., Catasauqua.

Arrangements were made by Robert S. Nestor Funeral Home Inc., New Tripoli.