God received another angel Tuesday when the gates of Heaven opened for Rita JoWan "Joanie" Somers, 84, of Tiffin. A choir of angels sang, and those whom passed before her embraced her with arms wide open. At 12:25 p.m. July 15, 2014, Joanie's journey to heaven began.
Joanie was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Tiffin, to Russel and Ollie (Breitigam) Greer. She married Robert Neile Somers Jr. Jan. 2, 1962, in Marion, and he died May 22, 1998.
Survivors include four sons, Frederick J. (Sandra) Vondenberg of Tiffin, Bernard A. Vondenberg of Chillicothe, David A. Somers of Tiffin and Robert J. (Amy) Somers of Republic; four daughters, Rebecca J. Rose of Columbus and Mary D. Biller, Lori L. (Victor) Botton and Dawn A. (Greg) Hefner, all of Tiffin; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Elizabeth Barber of Sycamore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Frederick Vondenberg; her second husband, Robert N. Somers Jr.; a brother, Darrill (Vera) Arnold; three sisters, Barbara (Richard) Welty, Patricia (Glenn) Kummerer and Geraldine Greer; a grandson, Shannon Lee Vondenberg; and lifelong friend, Sonja Cleveland.
Joanie was a dispatcher for the Fort Ball Seneca REACT for many years. She was a strong supporter of the Calvert Seneca's football teams, for whom she enjoyed decorating the field house, locker rooms and baked cookies every week prior to the games. She also was a member of the Calvert Boosters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a spotter at many local race tracks.
Joanie was a homemaker and enjoyed playing Yahtzee, Rummikub, canasta and rummy and doing whatever she could for others. She was an avid Earnhardt and NASCAR fan, she watched every weekend; she also was a fan of the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Dodgers.
All services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care or the Calvert Athletic Boosters in care of the Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113.
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