Yole Velona Sommer

yole sommer

August 13, 1923 ~ May 28, 2017

Sommer, Yole, nee: Velona, age 93, of Fort Lee, on Sunday May 28, 2017. Beloved wife of Theodore Sommer; devoted mother of Terry Sommer, Kathy Sommer and her husband Rick Heckman. Yole was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and was a big band singer during the 1940s and 1950s.

The family will receive their friends and family on Sunday, June 4 at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”.

Gathering begins at 1:00 pm, with a humanist service starting at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation


Community Food Band of New Jersey


Environmental Defense Fund


AARP Foundation


For condolences, directions, or information www.frankpatti.com or call (201) 944-0100.


Memorial Service: June 4, 2017 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

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

Gathering: June 4, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

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  1. In all the years we have known Yolie, the gigs, the phone calls and the visits she was always an incredibly positive force and a shining light despite her years of physical issues. We celebrate having known her for the wonderful but brief moments that we did. Thoughts and prayers to Teddy, Cathy and Rick, and Terry and the rest of the family and friends. RIP…

  2. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle's compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

  3. paula, so sorry about the loss of your Aunt Yole. she sounds like she was a wonderful lady who lived a full life. God bless you and all her family and friends. shirl stepp

  4. Terry,

    My sympathies to you and your family at this time. May memories of happier days sustain you now and help you in the weeks and months to come.

    My best wishes,

    Mark Donnelly

  5. We are so sorry to hear about Yole's passing. She was always so nice to me when I was spending the summer with Carole and Jerry. May she rest in eternal peace.

  6. Ted, Terry, Kathy and Rick,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law. While words cannot ease the pain of the grief you are feeling, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and with Yole.

    In sympathy,


  7. Look to the man who loved her…
    You’ll see her in his eyes.
    Look to those who valued her friendship –
    The selfsame rule applies.
    Then look to the children left behind;
    Can we say she is truly gone?
    For each one is her legacy,
    And in them, she lives on.

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Barry Harman & W. Jay Hering

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