Kathleen Ethel Somers
Kathleen Ethel Somers, 91, most recently of Tanglewood Manor and formerly of Seneca, Pa., was called home to the Lord at 4 a.m., Saturday, March 30 in Jamestown, N.Y.
Born Nov. 2, 1921, in Nottingham, England, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Henry Green and Louise Hutchinson Green.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Kathleen never knew her father, who died from pneumonia as a result of being gassed in the trenches in World War I. She was raised by her loving mother and surrounded by her brothers: Noel, Harry and George and her sister, Mary, all of whom predeceased her. George and Harry died as a result of injuries suffered on the battlefield in World War II.
Kathleen graduated from high school in 1937, working as a secretary in the local textile mills. In 1941, she was conscripted into the National Fire Service. She worked there during the war, leaving in March 1946, with the rank of leading firewoman.
Kathleen met her husband, Ralph, in April 1944, while he was stationed in Nottingham as a paymaster sergeant for a U.S. Army Air Corps glider group. They were married Feb. 10, 1945, in All Souls Church in Nottingham. Two weeks after their wedding, Ralph was stationed in France, and then in Brazil as the war ended. She did not see him for the next year.
Kathleen arrived in the United States in March of 1946 on the Queen Mary. They lived in Butler, Pa., until 1955 when they moved to Oil City, Pa., where Ralph opened a Western Auto Store.
They lived in Oil City until 1960, when they moved to Seneca, building the first house on Little Egypt Road. Her husband, Ralph, predeceased her on Dec. 28, 1986.
Kathleen was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church from 1955 until the present. She served in many capacities, including Sunday school teacher, bereavement committee, lector, deacon, greeter, women’s circle and the women’s board. In her younger days, she served on Pinoak PTA, Cub Scout mother and the Red Cross Bloodmobile. She volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic from 1972 until it closed in the 1990s, and was a charter member of the Oil City Meals on Wheels, serving from 1972 through 2002.
Kathleen is survived by five sons: George (Imelda) of Indianapolis, Ind., John of Boardman, Ohio, David (Jana) of Oil City, Paul (Carol) of Lakewood, N.Y.; and Greg (Jan) of State College, Pa. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Morrison Funeral Home at 110 Petroleum St., in Oil City.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 800 Moran St.. in Oil City, with the Rev. Philip Scherr presiding.
Memorial contributions can be made to Good Hope Lutheran Church, 800 Moran St., Oil City, PA 16301.