Paula Joann Sommer

January 29, 1937 – April 1, 2024


TORRINGTON – Paula Joann Sommer, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother, passed away in the early hours after Easter Sunday 2024, in Torrington, at Goshen Care Center, surrounded by her family. 

Paula was born to Margaret (Hall) and Paul Burris on January 29, 1937, in Virden, Illinois. Known for her friendliness, faith and love for her family, Paula will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We rejoice that she is now face to face with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and will spend eternity with Him.

Starting out farming in Illinois in 1957, Paula and her husband made numerous moves and career changes in their lives. They moved with their daughters to Montana in 1974 and then on to Arizona following retirement. After several years of seasonal RVing and other travels, they settled in Torrington in 2008. Paula was active in her church and community throughout her life.

Paula is survived by her husband of 66 years, John Sommer, currently of Evergreen Plaza, sister-in-law, Helen Burris, two daughters, Laurie (Ralph) Sweet and Julie Sommer, as well as three beloved grandchildren, Marcell, Ivan and Angela Kincses. She is preceded in death by her brother, Don Burris, of Virden, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Torrington at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 8.