Our beloved father and grandfather, John Sommerfeld, passed away peacefully at the Elk Valley Hospital on November 7, 2015 at the age of 88 years. John was born in Brightholme, SK on May 7, 1927 to parents Edward and Josephine Sommerfeld.
John will be dearly missed by his daughters Arlene (Jack) Punk and Phyllis Sommerfeld, grandchildren Ryan, Shayna, and Tyler Punk, brothers Fred and Norman (Maureen), and sisters Agnes, Alice, Edna and Violet as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Agnes, sisters Lillian and Emma, and brothers Leonard and Eddy.
John married Agnes Dortman on October 23, 1953. The couple lived and farmed near Shellbrook, SK where they raised their two daughters. In 1964 they relocated to Riondel, BC where John worked in the Bluebell Mine for 7 years until moving to Elkford, BC in 1971. In Elkford, John worked as a driller with Fording River until his retirement in 1993. After retiring, John threw himself fulltime into his woodworking hobby, making over 200 cedar chests and numerous other small projects before moving to Sparwood in 2005. While living in the Senior’s Villa and later Lilac Terrace, he continued his woodworking in his shop on Jack and Arlene’s acreage. In 2012, John moved to Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie, BC. Unable to physically do any more woodworking, he still dreamed of his lathe and all the projects he could do with the wood from the big, dry tree outside the dining room at the home. He replaced his woodworking with many hours of colouring, which filled his days and kept him happy and content.
Cremation was held, and a Memorial Service will be held in the Spring of 2016.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.