Otto W. Sommerhalter, Jr.

otto sommerhalter, jr.

November 6, 1930 ~ December 5, 2018

Sommerhalter, Jr., Otto, age 88, of Lakewood, formerly of Palisades Park, on Wednesday December 5, 2018. Raised in West New York and Packanack Lake, Wayne, NJ. He attended Memorial High School and later graduated Stevens Academy and the School of Modern Photography. He was a proud Veteran of the Army who served in Korea as a tank commander in the 31st infantry, 7th division. He was the recipient of 2 Bronze Stars and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. He was the owner of several businesses throughout his life including Sommerhalter Dairy, City Soda, and the Cold Cut Store. He was a proud member of the Order of Alhambra and served as General Commander of Zamora Caravan #117. He was also proud of his membership in the V.F.W and the Disabled American Veterans. He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine (nee: Ame). Devoted father of Sharon Podsada, David Sommerhalter (Paulette), Amy Sambogna (John), Judy Dinardi. Cherished grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Kenneth Sommerhalter and the late Joan Faye. The family will receive their friends on Sunday 3-7 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. The funeral will leave Monday at 9:30 AM for the celebration of his funeral mass in St. Michael’s R.C. Church at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a disabled veterans association of your choice. For condolences, directions, or information (201) 944-0100 or


Mass: December 10, 2018 10:00 am

St. Michael R.C. Church
19 E. Central Blvd
Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Visitation at Funeral Home: December 9, 2018 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Cemetery
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Thinking about your family at this difficult time.
    May his memory become a treasure.

    Love, Francesca and family

  2. Otto was like a father to me when I was growing up in palisades park. He greeted my best friend Sharon and I as “hi men”. I will always cherish the memories of such a wonderful man. Condolences to the Sommerhalter family
    Renee Kascic Ferreri

  3. Dear Dave and family –
    My deepest condolences to all of you. Your father was such a great man. I will keep you in my prayers.

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