Reba A. Sommerfeld
Funeral services for Reba A. Sommerfeld, 89, of Norfolk will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 3014 at Grace Lutheran Church, with Reverend Ray Wilke and Reverend Christopher Asbury officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Reba died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at St. Joseph's Rehab and Care Center.
Reba Arline Sommerfeld was given life by her creator and was born on July 31, 1924, in Norfolk, Nebraska, the child of Richard and Helene (Reichel) Sommerfeld. On September 21, 1924, she received the gift of Holy Baptism at Grace Lutheran Church of Norfolk and became a child of God. On June 5, 1938 she publicly confessed her faith and was confirmed in the Lutheran Christian faith at Grace Lutheran Church and began to also receive the Lord's Supper for the forgiveness of sins. She lived in Norfolk throughout her life. She graduated from Norfolk Senior High School in May of 1944.
Reba was employed at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for thirty-five years. After retiring, she sold Avon products and later also sold Stanley Home products. She enjoyed serving in the Lord's church and had the privilege of years of membership at each Grace Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran Church of Norfolk. Her Christian service included singing in choir, membership in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Ladies Circle, the Norfolk Chapter of the Concordia University Nebraska Guild. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Free Lance Writers' Club. Reba loved to travel and was privileged to accompany friends on trips in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Holy Land. She enjoyed her nieces and nephews and their families and demonstrated a gentle spirit. She was especially dedicated to the care of her mother.
After residing at The Meadows, The Madison House and finally St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Care Center all of Norfolk, Reba was granted a peaceful death as the Lord took her home to rest in the arms of Jesus Christ to await the resurrection of the dead.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother LeRoy Sommerfeld. Those remaining to cherish her memory, mourn her death and celebrate her eternal life in Jesus are her nephews and nieces Rev. Russell and Donna Sommerfeld of Seward, NE; Elaine O'Leary of San Antonio, TX; Priscilla and Leslie Warren of Tekamah, NE; Peggy and Scott Caauwe of Norfolk, NE; Scott and Stacey Sommerfeld of Norfolk, NE; as well as great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many fellow Christians and community friends.
Blessed are those who live and die in the Lord. (Revelation 14:13a)