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Obituary for Barbara Elizabeth Sommer
Barbara Lehman Sommer 80, of Peoria passed away on Friday September 5, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born April 28, 1928 to Theresa and Edgar Lehman in Wausau, WI. Barbara moved to Peoria with her parents in 1940 and spent her college years at Bradley University. She married Donald Arthur Sommer on September 9, 1950. He passed away on December 6, 1997 in Minocqua, WI where they had lived for many years. Barbara is survived by one daughter, Debra (Buford) Heidenreich of Minocqua, WI and two grandchildren; Donald and Michael Heidenreich and her brother Robert (Gloria) Lehman of St. Germaine, WI. Mrs Sommer was a former member of the Junior League of Peoria, the Country Club of Peoria and the Minocqua Country Club. She is a current member of the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. During her years as a Junior League member, Barbara enjoyed and took part in the Children’s Theater and chaired the League’s original TV production, which featured a puppet show teaching French to young children. She also was one of the first presidents of First Federated’s Jack and Jill pre-school. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. Cremation has been accorded and a visitation will be held on Wednesday September 10, at First Federated Church in Peoria from 3:30 to 5:30. p.m. Memorials may be sent to the Peoria Humane Society or P.A.W.S. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be made at csmico.com