MECHANICVILLE - Charles J. Sommer, 88 of So. Second Ave, died Saturday, Oct 12th at Stratton VA Medical Ctr, Albany. Born in Franklin, Virginia, son of Carleton and Gertrude Sommer, Charlie served with the US Army’s 519th Military Police Battalion in Korea, being honorably discharged in 1953. He has been a Mechanicville area resident for most of his adult life. A deliveryman for 25 years with H.P. Hood and Sons of Saratoga Springs, and later for several food brokers.
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A charter member of the Hillcrest Fire Dept, He was a committeeman and active member of Mechanicville Republican Party for years and the Korean War Veterans Assn.
A coin collector, Charlie enjoyed outdoor yard work and along with his late wife and family, cherished times spent at their family camp on the Sacandaga Reservoir.
He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Olive who died August 30, 2016, also his young daughter Carolyn and granddaughter Chera Sommer.
Survivors include his daughter Cindy (Dr. Barry) Constantine of Mechanicville, and three sons Carl Sommer of Chico, Calif, Chuck Sommer of Warrensburg and James (Lynn) Sommer of Jacksonville, Fla, along with grandchildren Jason, Josh, Jeremiah and Allison Constantine, Annabella and Troy Sommer, Charles IV and Hannah Sommer and James, Jr, Drew and Sarah Sommer and great grandchildren Heidi and Carsten Sommer.
A Burial Service will be conducted on Friday at 11:30 AM at Saratoga National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to arrive at Cemetery entrance by 11:15 AM Friday.
Charlie’s family would like to offer sincere thanks to his wonderful neighbors Nancy Jo Raucci and Joan Murphy, the CLC - 9Charlie @ VA Hospital for all the wonderful care he received, special thanks to Dr Uppal and Dr Kaushik, Vanessa, Beth, Brian, Christine, Abduhl, Matthew, Gerald, Renalde, Sparky, Sunshine, Asia and Harriet, and also to Kathy English and Gina from Social Services.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, in respectful memory of Charles J. Sommer.