Mitzie Sommer passed away peacefully early morning on November 28th after complications from a femur break. She was born in September 1937 to Marie and Newton Kimball. The youngest of three children, she grew up in Bronx, NY and attended the Industrial School of Art in Manhattan NY, now the Art and Design High School. Mitzie fondly grew up spending summers in Block Island, RI in her family’s 100 year old house overlooking the ocean. She frequently spoke of her fondness of the island and her childhood memories spent there.
Mitzie moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 1965 where she and her husband Robert Sommer raised their family. Mitzie was a children’s illustrator and spent many weekends displaying her artwork in various shows. In addition to drawing, she enjoyed various crafts, painting china and making pottery. She was a long time member of St. Johns Lutheran Church and enjoyed making crafts with the her "crafty ladies" friends. Mitzie later relocated to Raleigh, NC in 2009 and moved to a retirement community in 2017 where she met some of her best friends; she felt very loved by both the staff and residents. Folks will fondly remember Mitzie riding her scooter throughout the building and stopping for conversations with her friends.
Mitzie is survived by her brother James (Natalie) Kimball, her son Eric Sommer, daughter Amy Sommer, grandchildren Chase (Christian) and Megan Sommer. She is preceded in death by her husband Bob Sommer, daughter Lori Sommer, sister Helen Kimball Russell, sister-in-law Carloyn Sommer Watson, parents Marie and Newton Kimball and her significant other, John Clarkson.
A private celebration of life service will be held on December 10, 2020 at 2pm at Capital Oaks Retirement Resort 6498 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC. 27613.
Her family thanks all to those who have supported Mitzie and our family through this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mitzie’s honor to Feeding America to assist those in need.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" (Revelation 14:13
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