In Memory of Ralph Schommer

Funeral Service

11:30 am
Thursday April 12, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday April 12, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Ralph Francis Schommer, age 84, of Ellsworth, WI passed away at Preferred Senior Living in Ellsworth on Friday, April 6, 2018. He was born on November 24, 1933 in Red Wing, MN to Eugene and Margaret (Purfeerst) Schommer. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force. On June 9, 1959 Ralph was united in marriage to Kathryn M. Birkel. He worked for 3M for 35 years. He was a longtime member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Margaret Schommer; sisters, Rose Hove and Dorothy Frey.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn Schommer; brothers, Eugene (Jane) Schommer and Lee Schommer; sister, Carol (John) Mercord; 27 nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Ralph will be 11:30 am Thursday, April 12th at St. Francis Catholic Church, 264 S. Grant St., Ellsworth, WI. Visitation will be 10:00-11:30 am also at the church. Interment will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. 

Services have been entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI (715)273-4421. www.oconnellbenedict.com

Ralph's Tribute Wall

Tributes (1):

  • Myself and cousins Molly, Amy, Missy and Maggie have been talking about how we best remember Uncle Ralph. We remember him having a passion for nature and conservation efforts, his work with the Rod & Gun Club & involvement in the Ruffed Grouse Society and Ducks Unlimited (he liked showing us his memorabilia). He tried to educate us about conservation and nature by buying Ranger Rick magazines for his nieces and nephews (which many of us continue on for our own kids in his honor). We remember the joy it brought him to smoke his own meats and the generosity of giving away his meats during the holidays (Kathryn would always include a “candy cane” full of M&M’s in the baskets too 🙂 They also enjoyed giving away fruit baskets with grapefruit and apples! We often got birthday cards with quarters, 50 cent pieces or silver dollars taped inside (we think Kathryn had a hand in that). He will be so missed! So glad we have all these precious memories to remember him by!