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Helen Sommer

Helen E. Sommer, 95, formerly of Marion and Correctionville, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018, in Madison, WI, on her 74th wedding anniversary.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion, conducted by Rev. Dennis Johnson.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Visitation with the family will be 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with Murdoch Funeral Home in Marion.

Helen was born on June 20, 1923, in Olin, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Martha (Feddersen) Luedeman.

She graduated from Olin High School and then served as a draftsman in Chicago, Illinois during World War II.

On Sept. 28, 1944 in Olin, Helen was united in marriage to Rev. Arnold E. Sommer. He passed away on Nov. 14, 2001.

Helen served as a pastor’s wife in Olin, Alvord, Tama, Bellevue and Correctionville before retiring to Marion. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

Helen was well-known for her positive outlook on life. She was proud to be a minister’s wife and her faith was very important. Her greatest love was her family.

Whenever something good happened to anyone, she exclaimed, “Oh Happy Day.” She was known as the “Happy Day Grandma.”

She is survived by her three children: Steven (Dr. Sandra) Sommer of Richmond, VA; Pamela (Dr. David) Thompson of Niantic, Conn.; and Barbara (Jon) Townley of Waunakee, Wis.; six grandchildren: Mark (Courtney) Sommer, Valerie (Daren) Williams, Kimberly (Neils) Pennings, Christopher Thompson, Michelle (Kris) Herring, and Eric (Emily) Townley; and nine great-grandchildren: Riley, Jocelyn, Luke, Max, Wesley, Schuyler, Barend, Sommer, and Bryce.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister, Norma Cooper.

A memorial fund has been established in Helen’s memory.

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