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Laurel M. Songer married William (Clay) M. Schmick on January 7, 1999

Engagement: Songer - Miller

Yuba City residents Becka Miller and Jon Songer plan to wed November 10, 2013 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Jon Songer, the son of Linda Songer of Yuba City and Kirk Songer of Live Oak, graduated in 2008 from Faith Christian High School.

He is working toward an associate’s degree in business from Yuba College and is employed as a mechanic at Harvey and Songer in Linda.

He also works as a summer technician for Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control in Yuba City.

The bride-to-be, daughter of Kyle Miller and Cynthia Sharp of Yuba City, is a 2009 graduate of River Valley High School.

She received her associate’s degree in psychology from Yuba College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandman University.

She works for Tri-County Respite.

Doreen A. Songer Married Scott H. Hodgkins on May 3, 1968
Keshia Marie Songer married Kelly Lee Davis in Ft. Lauderdale Florida on December 21, 2009.
Mary Frances Songer married Joseph Nathaniel Medlin on 07-07-07
James Songer 45 formerly of Tennessee will marry Kenna Scott on may 22 in their current home in Saint David Arizona
Beth Stewart Married Joey Songer on Oct 12 1985
"Matt & Beth Songer"
James Matthew Songer and Sarah Elizabeth Moore were married on July 25, 2009. The ceremony was held at the bride's parent's house in Forney, Texas. The ceremony was performed by Matt's uncle, Steve Gray, of Seagoville, Texas. Beth's nieces made up the bridal party with her oldest niece, Lauren Spoor, serving as Maid of Honor. Abby Branch was the bridesmaid and Jessica Crawford was the flower girl. Position of honorary flower girl was bestowed on Hayley Songer, Matt's niece. The best man was Matt's good friend, Scott Thomas. The groomsman was Matt's eldest brother, Victor, and the ring bearer was Beth's nephew, Gunny Crawford. Matt and Beth reside in Forney, Texas with their dog Honey.

Little - Songer
Crystal Elaine Songer became the bride of Justin Caine Little on Saturday, June 7, at Lee and Gordon’s Mill in Chickamauga, Ga. The ceremony was performed by Sean Stanfield. The bride is the daughter of James and Elaine Songer of Ringgold, Ga. Parents of the bridegroom are Randy Little and Cindy Little of Rossville. Bridesmaids were Casey Edwards, Elizabeth Sithimolada, Jessica Wilson and Melissa Conn. The flower girl was Macie Reza. Groomsmen were Greg Herbert, Richard Brady, Robbie Wilson, Matt Hancock and Wes Thornton. The ring bearer was Trip Kilgore. A reception was held at Lee and Gordon’s Mill. The couple took a wedding trip to St. Lucia. They reside in Ringgold.

( Dennis and Annette Songer - March 31st, 1979 )

( Jerry and Mary Katherine Coppinger - December 11th, 1956 )

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James and Barbara Songer will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary on December 31st

Doreen A. (Songer) Hodgkins Married Scott H. Hodgkins May 3rd 1968

( Christopher Fralick and Jennie Songer-Fralick - Married March 25, 2011 in Pensacola, FL )

( Vernon and Rebecca Songer - December 16, 2006 )


( Laurie Ann Songer(Jenkins) Married: Tracy Heath Jenkins - June 28, 2000 )

( Victoria Marie (Songer) and Gene Wyan - September 12, 1972 )

( Pennie and Jason Moore - March 24, 2001 )

( Victor and Mary Jane Songer - May 26, 1978 )

( Jerry and Mary Katherine Coppinger - December 11th )

( Jack and Sherry Songer - July 17 )

( Dennis and Annette Songer - March 31st )

( David and MaShelle Songer - June, 13 )

( Dave and Crosbie Songer - April 20th )


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Kimmie Fran Gray Songer - Birthday Information: Mrch 26 1956

Virgil H Songer - Birthday Information: Feburary 2 1954

Nikkita A V Songer - Birthday Information: February 18, 1997

Jimmy Songer - May 4 1965 Jimmy is the son of Jimmy Ray Songer and Dorothy Homan, of Hugo Oklahoma.

Monica Songer - Nov.25, 1955

Joey Songer was Born March 14 1965

Sarah Elizabeth Songer
September 17, 1983 - Wife of James Matthew Songer

Rose I. Songer - April 19, 1950

Judy L. Songer Watts - Sept. 19, 1953

Jennifer Gonzalez - Nov. 16, 1975 - The daugther of Rose I. Songer


( Laurie Songer - September 29, 1971
Born In Villa Rica Georgia to Johnny Orvile Songer and Mary Mayfield Songer )

( Gene Wyan - March 3, 1946 )

( Victoria Marie (Songer)Wyan - January 23, 1952 )

( Robby Wyan - January 31, 1975 )

( Pennie Moore - July 28, 1973 )

( Victor Rejester Songer - June 9, 1979 )

( James matthew Songer - May 20,1983 )

( Tyler J. Songer - May, 28th )

( Geneva M. Songer - May 20th )

( Dennis E. Songer - February 19th, 1956 )

( Vicki K. Songer - August 29,1962 )

( Dave Songer - March 19, 1971 )

( Virgil Lee Fuqua III - Feb 7, 1947 )
Son of Virgil L. Fuqua and Rose Beatrice Songer

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New Birth's

Kevin and Roxie (Mogee) Songer of Atlanta Georgia are the parents of a son, Blake Owen Songer, born on Nov. 11, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Blake weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

Grandparents are Beth and Edwin Vavra of Milligan, Bill and Nancy Mogee of Utica and Paul and Karen Songer of Georgia.

Great Grandparents are Mary Ellen Blatchford of York, Marlene Snyder and Paul Songer, both of Georgia.

A daughter, Kennedy Lynne Grow, was born Dec. 4, 2013, at 10:25 a.m., to Janaya (Songer) and Kurtis Grow, of Billings, Mont., at Billings Clinic Family Birth Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 20 inches.

Grandparents are Paul and Donna Songer, of Laurel, and Craig and Karla Grow, of Sullivan, Ind. Great-grandparents are Zelinda Songer, of Judith Gap, Mont., and Patricia Brodie, of Sullivan.

Kimalee Faith Songer born October 20, 2011 to Dennis and Brandy Songer

Sarah Mary Catherine Songer "Cate" was born on March 8, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs, 7 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Genessa V G Songer - Born 4/13/09 6 lbs 12oz 20 in long

Brandon Lee Mikel - July 27, 2007 to Kathy (Songer) and Paul Mikel

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Carol D. Songer

Carol D. Songer, age 87, of Needles California died June 30, 2021 In Bakersfield California in the loving care of his daughter. Carol and his twin Harol were the babies of 11 children born February 1, 1934 at their home in Sawyer, Oklahoma to George and Ruby (Pettey) Songer. Carol married Eva June Welty, June 10, 1960 and had a long life together until her death in 2013. In 1965, Carol, living in Santa Rosa, CA, began his career as a state trooper for the California Highway Patrol. He was transferred to Needles, CA in March, 1966. He embraced the small town life, but never enjoyed the extreme heat of the summer months. They stayed in Needles because the local people made it feel like home. Over the years he made many friends. As a CHP, he was always consulted to sign off on “fix it” tickets. People would stop by the house to seek help and Carol would always invite them in. If it was dinner time, they were asked to join us. He had the biggest heart and couldn’t stand to see people suffer or go hungry. In a desert town like Needles, many travelers would break down or get into severe car accidents, especially on old route 66. Carol was the guy to help them. He said his primary goal as a CHP in our area was to assist stranded motorists. Many times, when off duty, he would take his sidekick, Cara, with him to offer food and blankets in the winter to stranded families. It was amazing to witness such quiet generosity. Eva was a perfect compliment to his giving heart. She crocheted countless blankets and they both cooked for an army to always have plenty for others. He continued to receive thank you cards in the mail from families many years later. Those that knew him best remember his sense of humor and quick wit. Sgt Songer made a difference in this world and he will be greatly missed. Carol was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eva, son Gordon James Songer, daughter Rolanda Songer Amstutz, grandson Gordon Jacob Songer, six brothers, Harol Songer, Ray Songer, Homer Lee Songer, George “Hick” Songer, Vester “Blue” Songer, and Curtis “Buster” Songer, two sisters Gracie Songer Potts and Delma Songer Campbell. He is survived by two sisters Dorothy Songer Stogsdill (90), Vay Songer Koyama (92); daughter Cara Songer Parker (husband Robert), granddaughters Jamie Songer Underwood, Gretchen Songer, Codi Songer, Carissa Parker Valov, and grandsons Kipton Amstutz, Alex Amstutz, Nicholas Parker. Carol and Eva were also blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Carol requested no services be held and he will be laid to rest privately at Riverview Cemetery in Needles, California. The family would like to share one of Carol’s many words of wisdom. “The only thing you leave this world with is your good name. Live your life with integrity.”

Elizabeth M. (Bette) Songer

Elizabeth M. (Bette) Songer passed away at age 89 on Sunday, December 5th surrounded by family. She lived a life blessed with family and faith, both of which defined her as a person. Her professional life was that of a religious education teacher and director. It was a passion for her.

She spent many Sundays on the altar with her husband, Keith, serving as a Eucharistic Minister. She also found comfort in bringing the eucharist to the elderly in nursing facilities in the area. In more recent years she volunteered her time in various capacities for local organizations, always a dedicated member of her community.

She served on numerous boards and helped on whatever level she was able despite her failing vision. She was an ever-present gift in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be greatly missed.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Keith E. Songer. She is survived by her five children: Therese Sheehan and husband Richard of Maynard, Mark Songer and wife Tina of Sandwich, Kyle Songer of Bourne, Leanne Songer Avakian and husband Mark of Bourne and Daron Songer and wife Annie of Bourne, her sister, Suzanne Serafini and husband Henry of Leominster. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, as well as other family and friends spread far and wide.

Wanda June Songer

Wanda June Songer, 82, passed away on December 17, 2021, in Columbus surrounded by her family. She was born on November 13, 1939, to the late Albert and Rosa Hatfield in Milton, West Virginia. She was also preceded in death by husband, Duane Songer; daughter, Rhonda Lynn Wiseman and siblings Clyde and Jerry.

She is survived by children, Skip (Jewel) Thomas, Deanna (Michael) Scoggins, Michelle Songer, and Cheryl (Jorge) Martinez; siblings Buck Hatfield and Wilma Murrel; grandchildren, Dwight, Seaira, Danielle (Dominic), Tabitha, Hailey, Dreena, Rachel, Charles (Jennifer), Allison (Thomas), Ashlyn, Josh, Kassie, Jayson (Victoria) and Tyler and well as several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Wanda retired from White Castle in 2001 after many years of dedicated work. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, walking her dog, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Anyone that met Wanda knew how well she captivated everyone in conversation and stories, often including an ornery joke to make you laugh.

Charlotte L. "Sunny" Songer

Charlotte L. "Sunny" Songer January 19, 2022 Charlotte L. "Sunny" Songer, 77, of Auburn, passed away at Auburn Community Hospital on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, after a long illness. Sunny was born in Syracuse, NY on July 19, 1944, to the late Duane and Dorothy (Colette) Estes. She had previously been employed as a store clerk with Grants, then Kmart in Nedrow. Sunny enjoyed times spent camping, especially along the Rideau Lakes. She also enjoyed cooking for her family, trying new recipes. Charlotte is survived by her children, Michele McConnell, Len (Teresa) Songer; her grandchildren, Thomas (Emily) Brownwell, Kayla McConnell and fiance, Dan Tomarchio, Robert McConnell and fiance, Yanet Tlatelpa, Megan (Dan Pascetta) Wagner, Nicole (Ronnie) Freeland, Matthew Wagner, Michael Songer and Steven Songer; five great grandchildren; son-in-law, Robert Wagner; sister-in-law, Linda Mooney; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her beloved dog, Daisy. In addition to her parents, Sunny was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Leonard J. Songer Jr., her daughter, Christine Wagner, and three sisters-in-law.


ONEIDA BRUNELL SONGER, 95, of Huntington, died Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Oneida was born December 28, 1926, in Huntington, a daughter of the late Daniel Floyd and Evadna Brunell Hicks Shepard. She was Baptist by faith and was retired from Stone and Thomas in 1989 as their Corporate Buyer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond M. Songer; one sister, Charlene Shepard Tatum; and two brothers, Donald and Charles Shepard. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Songer Collins of Huntington, and her niece, Janet (Toney) Light of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Graveside funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, White Chapel Mausoleum, Barboursville, with Dr. David B. Lemming officiating. Visitation will be after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the cemetery.

Patricia Lou Songer

Patricia Lou Songer, known to childhood friends as "Patty Lou, '' was born November 11, 1930. She died of natural causes on October 28, 2021, at a retirement home in Eugene, Oregon. Patricia was born in Anderson, Indiana, to Ruth and John (Bill) Brannon. She was the eldest of her sisters: Sandra, Sally and Karen. Pat fell head over heels in love with a dashing sailor, Jack Songer, who winked at her as she sang in the church choir. They married and traveled the world, then settled first in Staunton, Virginia, and finally in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They raised four children who became a pilot, an artist, a professor and a dedicated University of New Mexico employee and Lobo fan. Pat loved playing bridge, watching Jeopardy! reading biographies and laughing with her many friends. She had the long fingers of a skilled pianist (and a not-so-skilled autoharpist) and the mean backhand of a woman who could beat her granddaughter at tennis well into her 70s. She joined Jack for hikes along trails near their New Mexico home in the Sandia foothills, and for 20 years, until Jack's death in 2005, they sat together and watched afternoon lightning storms, sipping Manhattans and snacking on Planter's peanuts. From exploring the United States in a pop-up trailer to setting off on foot across London without a map, Pat loved adventures. She recognized life for the adventure it was. In her late 70s, she set off on safari in Tanzania, where she grabbed a baboon by its tail to keep it from climbing in their Jeep. Pat dearly loved her friends, both those she had known since she was 3 and those she met along the way. Her friends were her light, her joy and her home base. When life dealt its blows, blows that came more often and brutally than they should, her friends were her support and her lifeline. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; and children, Polly, Jeff, and Kim. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn; grandchildren, Edward, Katherine and Brannon; great-grandson, Eddie; daughter-in-law, Kaye; a niece, two nephews and many dear friends. Pat will be interred in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Jack and near Jeff and Polly, also in the National Cemetery.

Gary Michel Songer

Gary Michel Songer, age 63, of Blacksburg went to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Lewis Gale Hospital-Montgomery. He was born in Christiansburg, Va. on November 6, 1958 to the late Harry and Clarice Holdren Songer. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Norma Hall, brother, Eddie Songer. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Jean Songer, son and daughter-in-law, David and Tiffany Songer, step-daughter, Crystal May and Avery, grandchildren, Charlee and Michael Songer, Michael, Joshua, Shyan, and Aubrey, six great-grandchildren, sister, Sharon McMahon, brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry and Jill Songer, Bobby Songer. He had 40 years of dedicated service with Federal Mogul.

Jack L. Songer,

Jack L. Songer, 81, of Chula Vista, California, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on March 10, 2021. Jack waged his battle against cancer over 17-years ago and will always be remembered for his strength and determination to have been a three-time cancer survivor. Jack was born November 21, 1939 in Newton, Illinois. He joined the United States Navy at age 16, and had a remarkable career in communications, earning the National Defense Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation while onboard the USS Hyman, for his work during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Jack deployed on multiple occasions while serving in the U.S. Navy. He manned the communications with distress calls when the USS Thresher sank off the coast of Massachusetts. His favorite stories of military service included duty with his older brother, Jerry, on the USS Shangri-La and recovering the Apollo 10 Astronauts, paving the way for the first manned landing on the moon. His deployments led him to Africa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Midway Island and cities throughout the U.S. His most rewarding deployment would be in 1964, to the Philippines, when he met his wife, Luz. They were married in 1966 and would go on to have six children together. Jack completed his service to our country in 1976 after a stellar 20-year career and would eventually settle in San Diego, CA. Reflective of his character, his military evaluations continually applauded his impeccable work ethic. His commanding officer noted in one such evaluation: "He is looked up to by his operators, getting the most out of his men with minimum effort. His appearance, both in and out of uniform, is above reproach, reflecting obvious pride in the uniform he wears. He displays a firm, no-nonsense attitude and continually ensures a smooth-running efficient watch. He has a keen sense of humor and is very well liked by all." Jack’s skills and dedication to duty carried over from the military into his work with the United States Border Patrol. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2422 in Coronado, CA. In his retirement, Jack found his new mission in enjoying life which included; gardening, model building, amateur radio (HAM), picking his banjo, perfecting ‘fruit art’, being the house quartermaster, his dogs, joking with his grandkids, anything to do with Halloween, deploying signage as needed for instruction, and often being tasked by his family to find the unfindable on the internet. Jack was a strong presence, with a kind heart and will be deeply missed by his family. Jack is survived by his wife, Luz, of Chula Vista, CA; children Dianne (Mike) Gerard of Algonquin, IL, Mark Songer of Denver, CO, David (Vanessa) Songer of Oxnard, CA, Edward (Eileen) Songer of Macomb Township, MI, Corrina (Mark) Songer-Meredith of Chula Vista, CA, and Perlita Songer of Chula Vista, CA; grandchildren Jason Thompson, Justin Songer, Christopher Songer, Rachel Songer, Kayla Sides, Paige Songer, Eric Gerard, Masen Meredith, Nick Gerard, Hannah Songer, Jack Songer and Nicholas Songer; great-grandchild Maya Songer; his dogs, Banjo and Enzo. Sisters Susan Coleman of Decatur, IL, Cindy Dell of Dalton City, IL and Robyn Bodine Tate of Decatur, IL. Jack was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Doris, brother Jerry, and sister Jeannie.

Dr. J. Glenn Songer

Dr. Songer was born on February 10, 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts, passed away on July 26, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. He was a professor and researcher in Veterinary Microbiology for a total of 37 years between the University of Arizona and his alma mater, Iowa State University. Research took him around the world from Australia to France, From N. Ireland to Thailand, from Belfast to Budapest, from Paris to Rome and more. In his work he wrote 53 scientific publications, three textbooks (one of which was translated into Korean) and had 857 citations. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies. He especially liked bow hunting, forging knives and working with wood. He completely took apart and restored his BMW and Chevy truck. And he was never without a book in his hand. He is survived by his wife, Pam of 48 years; his children, Ashley Harmon (Greg) and Alistair and his three beautiful grandchildren, Natalie, Nathan and Ellie Harmon. Glenn was generous with a quick wit and dry sense of humor. He was committed to God, his family and his friends. One week before his passing he said, "Jesus is good. And someday, sooner or later when I see His face, it's going to be a good day!" Someone once said, "We see death as the end, but God sees it as the beginning." A Memorial Service will be held at Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Mary Kuzminski Songer

With great sadness we announce the passing of Mary Kuzminski Songer, 96, on Tuesday July 27, 2021. Mary was born in 1924 to Micheal and Mary (Karas) Kuzminski of York Hill in Youngsville, Pa.

After graduating from high school, Mary completed Beautician Training in Erie, Pa., and worked in Warren, Pa., until the arrival of her firstborn. The rest of her life was dedicated to family and her faith; she was deeply loved by many. As a beloved wife and mother, she developed many skills, including finishing and reupholstering furniture.

She was a member of Women Aglow and the Home Bureau of Great Valley, N.Y. She also served as a den mother and taught Sunday School.

Mary raised five children and one exchange student daughter: Robert M. Songer of Pinckney, MI, Katherine A. (Bill) Hager of Ishpeming, MI, Valerie K. (David) Thor of Busti, N.Y., Mark A. (Cindy) Songer of Mars, Pa., Wesley S. (Debbie) Songer of Elkton, VA. Her exchange student daughter is Nancy (Donnie) Eastman of New Port Richie, Fla.

Her other surviving family includes 17 grandchildren; 26 1/2 great-grandchildren; a sister Anne Foreman of Corry, Pa., and a brother Edward Kuzminski of Lander, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Robert S. Songer and grandson, Ben Graessle. Mary was one of nine children. Those that preceded her in death are Helen Battko, Genevieve Fehlman, John Kuzminski, Micheal Kuzminski, Mary Kuzminski (died in early childhood), and Frank Kuzminski.

Lind Funeral Home, Jamestown, N.Y., is handling all arrangements. A graveside service of cele-bration and dedication will be held under a tent at 11 a.m. Saturday July 31, 2021, in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Friends and family may visit from 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the Sunset Hill Cemetery Chapel.

Alene P. Songer

June 1, 1954 ~ April 19, 2021

In the early evening hours of April 19, 2021, the love of my life was called home to be with Christ. She was truly his angel on earth. Alene passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.

Alene was born on June 1, 1954 to W. Allen Stinnett and Patricia C. Colpitts in John-Day, Oregon. She attended Baker High School.

She married Kenneth L. Songer on August 14, 1970.

Alene is survived by her husband Kenneth, her two children; Nicole Rose (daughter), Travis (Brooke) Songer (son), grandsons; Gabriel Rose, Ashton Songer, Xander Songer, Chance Michael Rose, Mother Patricia Stinnett (Spokane, Wa.), one brother Thomas Stinnett (Boise, Id.), three sisters; Penny (Tim) Sweney (Missoula, Mt.), Janet Goff (Spokane, Wa.) Fran Doty (Baker City, Or.) and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father W. Allen Stinnett.

A Viewing will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. at Leavitt's Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

Inurnment will be held privately at Aultorest Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Jacob Matthew Songer

January 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son, Jacob Matthew Songer.

Jacob Matthew Songer, 24 was born July 9, 1996 and was a lifelong resident of Saint Albans, WV. Jacob passed unexpectedly on January 4, 2021.

Those who knew Jacob even a little lost a shining light in their lives. Jacob brought so much love and joy to our lives and countless others. We will always remember Jacob for his gentleness, kindness, and compassion. Jacob always wanted to lend a helping hand, give a word of comfort, and extend his gratitude.

Jacob loved music, movies, gaming, and social media. He looked forward to going out with his friends and especially planning WWE pay-per-view get together. Most importantly Jacob had a deep and profound love for his family and friends and cherished the time got to spend with them.

His favorite event was his family reunion, where he recounted all the adventures and events of the previous year, reminiscing about his past accomplishments and future goals.

Most of all what we all know about Jacob is the sheer pleasure of his company, how good he made us feel, how free we were to be ourselves around him; and how much we all will miss him.

What you saw was always what you got with him, and what you saw- if you had the pleasure of knowing him- was a truly delightful, generous, easy-going, fun loving human being.

Jacob had so much goodness, so much capacity to bring joy to others and always gave off a radiant light. Although we are forever changed by his passing, in truth he forever changed us.

Jerry N. Songer

Jerry N. Songer Jr., 61, of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania died Thursday evening, December 31, 2020 at his apartment following a brief illness.

Born May 19, 1959 in Clarion, he was the son of Jerry N. and Shirley V. (Craig) Songer Sr.

Mr. Songer worked at Clarion University doing various jobs including grounds keeper.

He was also a lumber handler for Matson Lumber.

Mr. Songer enjoyed attending the New Bethlehem Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Evermoore’s Restaurant, and was always the first one there.

Survivors include his parents, Jerry N. and Shirley Songer Sr. of New Bethlehem; two sons, Jeffrey Songer of Clarion and Jason Scott Graves; a brother, Craig LeRoy Songer; and a sister, Linda Leigh Lewis, both of Clarion.

He was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Benjamin Songer; and a sister, Sharon Rae Songer.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are at the direction of the Alcorn Funeral Home in Hawthorn, Pennsylvania.

Billy Clarence Songer

November 01, 1933 - December 20, 2020

Billy C. Songer, 87, left us Dec. 20, 2020, with loved ones by his side.

Bill was preceded in death by his infant son, Christopher; his mother, Pearl Songer; father, Clarence Songer; sister, Betty; and brother, Bob.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Stewart Songer, the two celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in September; his daughter, Melinda (Kurt); son, Jonathon; and grandchildren, Madison, Logan, Luca and Abigail.

Bill was a lover of the arts and was known for his collection of hand painted birds that he gladly gifted to friends and loved ones.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Walker Memory

Gardens, Jasper, AL officiated by Pat Morrison.

Carolyn Songer Austin

Carolyn Songer Austin, of Hilton Head Island, SC, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2020.
Born January 28, 1938, in Beckley, WV, she was the daughter of the late Charles W Songer and Lula Price Songer.
Carolyn was a successful businesswoman in Hilton Head.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bobby Austin, son Robert Bair and a daughter, Elizabeth Robinson.
She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Bair, and brother James E Songer.
A private family service will be held at Sunset Memorial Mausoleum.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.

Carolyn Jo “Nana” Songer

Carolyn Jo Songer, 65, of Crestline, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 14, 2020 at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio.

Carolyn was born in Crestline on January 5, 1955 to the late Ray Thomas and Sandra (Perman) Smith. On August 26, 1972, Carolyn married James “Jim” Songer, and he survives her in Crestline.

Carolyn was a graduate of Crestline High School, Pioneer Joint Vocational School, Class of 73, where she met Jim. She was employed for twenty-two years at Community Counseling, and also worked at the Walmart in Bucyrus. At both jobs, she made many life-long friends. Family was Carolyn’s life. Carolyn was invested in her grandsons’ lives, attending all school activities and watching them play sports. She would move heaven and earth to spend a few moments with them. She looked forward to spending time at her Koi pond with Jim and working in her garden. Her favorite time of the year was Thanksgiving and Christmas, knowing she would be celebrating with her family. Nothing could keep Carolyn from keeping in touch with her family and friends. She also enjoyed going out to eat on special occasions, especially birthdays. Carolyn was a caring soul and was famous for her macaroni salad.

In addition to her husband, left to cherish Carolyn’s memories are her children; Vicki (Shawn) Spangler of Crestline, and Travis Songer of Crestline; grandchildren; Cameron, Evan, Caulen Spangler; brothers, Steven Thomas and Craig Thomas both of Marion, and her dog, Lucy.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Thomas.

Friends may call on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 3:00 PM at the Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 223 West Main St., Crestline, Ohio.


JANNA MARIE SONGER, 42, died September 8, 2020 at CAMC Memorial hospital. Janna was born August 2, 1978 in Charleston, WV, to John David Songer Jr and Jeanie Cunningham-Carte.

She is survived by her father, John (Gail) Songer of South Charleston; mother, Jeanie of Saint Albans; children, Kirsten Anderson of Charleston, Jacey Danberry of Dunbar, and Brodden Danberry of Sissonville; grandson, Elyes Anderson of Dunbar; brother, Jason (Leslie) Songer of Logan; step-siblings, Samantha Phillips, Belinda Hall, Johnny Hall, Angela Justice; nephew, Jacob (Hannah) Songer; niece, Bailey Songer; nephew, Gunner Roy. She was also survived by a host of amazing aunts, uncles and cousins that she loved very much.

Janna was preceded in death by her grandparents, Brad and Wanda Cunningham, and John Songer and Esther Songer-Horvat

Janna went to Herbert Hoover High school and studied nursing at WVSU. She was a former employee of Thomas Memorial Hospital. Janna was a beautiful person who touched many people. Her laughter and smiling eyes always caught everyone's attention and warmed their hearts. Janna could fill a room with her beautiful singing voice, she could make you laugh with her unique sense of humor, and she could make you cry with her passion for the ones she loved. She made an impact on the lives of the people who knew her, especially her children. Janna will be truly missed by everyone. We love you more than Angels fly.....to the moon and back. Memories never die.

Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the mortuary.

She will be laid to rest at the Songer Family Cemetery, Midkiff Rd., South Charleston. Pallbearers will be Brodden Danberry, Heath Danberry, Jacob Songer, Brian Davis, Bradley Cunningham, Cody Gibson.

Joseph Songer

Joseph John "Cuyahoga Joe" Songer, 69, of Amherst, Ohio passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Elmcroft Nursing Home in Lorain, Ohio following declining health. He was born July 15, 1951 in Lorain, ohio where he was raised. Joseph had resided in Amherst until his passing. He was employed as an ironworker with the Ironworkers Local #17. Joseph was previously employed with the American Shipyards. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and rode his motorcycle every chance he had. Joseph enjoyed gardening and loved watching westerns. Survivors include his sons, Joseph John Songer, Jr. of Williamsport, Ohio and Jason Songer (Laurie) of Amherst; his grandchildren, Jordon Smith, Savanna Songer, Leah Songer and Lauryn Songer; his siblings, Jim Songer of Lorain and Barb Sanchez of Amherst. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Arnold and Eleanor Songer (nee Wisnieski). A public reception for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Freedom House Church, 1240 Park Ave., Amherst. The Hempel Funeral Home is honored to serve Joseph Songer's family and has made available for the community's convenience an online register book as well as additional information to help facilitate expressions of compassion.

Mary Jane Songer

November 13, 1929 - May 29, 2020
Mary Jane was born on November 13, 1929, to Paul Alexander Brown and Mary Lou Fox Brown in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Mary Jane, the youngest of the three Brown children, had two siblings, Paul Jerry Brown (who passed in February 2005) and Joseph Milroy Brown. She attended Marshall University and was a schoolteacher in Oak Hill, West Virginia.

Mary Jane was a loving mother and faithful wife whose life mission was centered on the happiness of others. She was kind and humble with a contagious smile. Mary Jane never met a stranger and always said sweet words to others. She served as a member to the Beckley Women's Club and Briarcliff Garden Club and was a founding member of The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mary Jane was also a member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church for over 50 years.

Mary Jane enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and was an avid golfer and tennis player. She belonged to the Greenbrier Sporting Club in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and was a former member of Jupiter Hills Country Club in Tequesta, Florida, and Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Mary Jane is survived by her loving family. Her beloved husband of 66 years, James Edward Songer. Her daughter, Deborah Songer Gray and husband Rick of Beckley. Her son, James Edward Songer II, of Beckley. Her daughter, Suzanne Poteet and husband Chuck, of Houston, Texas. Her brother, Joseph Brown and wife Jimmie of Starkville, Mississippi. Her grandsons, Ryan Gray and wife Jennifer, of Kansas City, Missouri (and their children Carter, Cruz, Cameron and Gracie), Richard Gray and wife Kara of Scott Depot, West Virginia (and their children Mason, Meadow and Malea), Trey Poteet and wife Andrea of Houston, Texas (and their children Cade and Cody), James E. Songer III of Beckley and Steven Songer of Beckley. Her granddaughter, Christie Lilly and husband Mike of Beckley (and their children Trace and Savannah).

She was preceded in death by her loving son John William Songer and daughter-in-law Lisa Christie Songer.
A private memorial service to honor her life will take place at the United Methodist Temple in Beckley and interment will follow in the Songer Section of Sunset Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park. The service will be officiated by Rev. Chuck Pullins. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in memory of Mary Jane Songer to the UVA Cancer Center. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.

Keith Chester Songer

Keith Chester Songer, age 74, of Huron, SD, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Avera Queen of Peace Medical Center in Mitchell, SD. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service with burial in Colome Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Keith Songer was born on September 30, 1945 on their rural Colome home to Raymond and Hazel (Baughman) Songer. Keith grew up mostly in the Winner and Gregory areas.

Keith enjoyed working on vehicles but his favorite pastime was fishing and camping. He was known to be a pool shark as well. Keith’s greatest joys were that of having his dogs, Missy and Tinker. He enjoyed getting visits from his grandchildren the most. Keith worked as a mechanic, bee worker, truck driver, and finally retiring, due to health reasons, from Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery after 20 years as head groundskeeper.

He is survived by Brian (Tonya Petersen) Songer, Timothy (Kendra Bretz) Songer, Vickie (Eric Rittel) Songer, also David (Joni) Tracy, Charlotta Scheiffer, Darrell (Kari) Songer, Donald Songer, Douglas Songer, Duane (Ruth) Songer, and Carolyn (Kurt) Wallace; 27 plus 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Siblings, Wayne (Barb) Songer, Larry Songer, Geneva Songer, and Leota Story; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Songer and Hazel (Baughman) Songer; sons Jimmy James Songer and Daniel Songer; brothers Donald, Dale, Kenneth, Leonard, Melvin, and sisters Velda, Iola, and Charlette; granddaughter Rebecca Jo, great-grandson, Ethan, and daughter-in-law, Jodi; life-partner Rose Songer.

Billy Jack Songer

Billy Jack Songer, 85. of Hot Springs, died peacefully at his home on Sept. 30, 2019.

Billy was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Friendship, Ark., to the late Jack and Izora Roberts Songer. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, D.H. and Sarah Roberts Jr.: sisters, Bernice Bosley, Sarah Songer and Annabell Carey; and one brother, Floyd Songer.

Billy grew up surrounded by many who loved his God, Jehovah. So at the age of 9, he made a dedication to Jehovah and was baptized on Aug. 22, 1943. Billy had the privilege of sharing with others from the Bible about the wonderful promises our Creator has for mankind. He was a member of the Hot Spring East Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, where for many years he enjoyed holding the door open to welcome those who came in to the Kingdom Hall.

Billy will be remembered by his children, Shari (Don) Leake, Suzanne Kester and Darrell Songer. His memory will also be cherished by his sister, Lois Power; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews, plus his dear spiritual brothers and sisters.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, family will be at 117 Echols Dr. in Hot Springs.

Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2018 E. Grand Ave., with Brother Derek Clark officiating.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, Little Rock. For many years, Billy hung advertisements on billboards in California, Little Rock and Hot Springs for Seiz Sign Company then in Texarkana. Returning to Hot Springs, he worked for Harvey Engineering/USNR, where he retired. Then he worked early mornings for the National Park College. Billy was a very hard worker who loved his family.

John J. Songer

John J. Songer, of Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, formerly a longtime resident of Sharon, PA, passed away at 1:43 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, in UPMC Hospital, Farrell. He was 92.

Mr. Songer was born June 19, 1926, in Sharpsville, a son of the late Albert and Naomi (McCoy) Songer.

He was a graduate of Sharpsville High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Chicago in the European Theater during WW II.

John retired in 1989 from Sharon Steel’s former Farrell plant where he was a masonary worker for more than 44 years. Following his retirement, he worked at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course for many years.

John was an active member of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and belonged to its Men’s Club.

He was a former longtime member of St. Joseph Church, Sharon. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sharon Council # 684 and was a 4th Degree Knight with the Sharon Assembly. John was a member of the former Kennedy Christian High School Boosters and was instrumental in assisting with the construction of Butala Stadium. He was a volunteer for Meals On Wheels for many years and enjoyed golfing, up until the age of 90 and hunting with family members.

His wife, the former Betty Ann Reardon, whom he married April 28, 1951, passed away July 20, 1989.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Anderson of Sharon; five sons, John Edward Songer (Cathy) of Hermitage, Dennis Songer (Dodi) of Sharpsville, Kevin Songer and Daniel Songer, both of Sharon and Brian Songer (Sharon) of Palmyra, Pennsylvania; 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Rosemary Piccirilli of Hermitage; a brother, Thomas Songer (Mary Kay) of Erie and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by a daughter, infant Mary Margaret Songer; a son, James P. Songer; a son-in-law, John Anderson; a sister, Alice Maloney and two brothers, Albert Songer and Calvin “Jake” Songer.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, 1 Elston Way, Hermitage, PA 16148.

Calling hours will be from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State Street, Sharon. The Knights of Columbus will recite the Rosary at 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road, West Middlesex, with Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor, as celebrant. The West Middlesex VFW, Wheatland American Legion and Farrell VFW Honor Guard will render military honors immediately following the Mass.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hermitage.

John Michael Songer

 John Michael Songer 47 of Charlotte, NC. was shot and killed Saturday night December 29, 2018.

Gordon Songer

Gordon Songer, a father of 2 who was engaged to be married was killed Monday morning after his motorcycle struck a vehicle on US-17 in Nassau County Florida.

Songer was riding his motorcycle down northbound on US-17 when he struck the left side of a Chevrolet van that was preparing to make a U-turn from a private driveway.

Songer was ejected from his motorcycle and landed in the right southbound lane of US-17 where a third vehicle, a Nissan Altima, struck Songer who was lying in the roadway.

Agnes C. Songer

Agnes C. Songer passed away on Thursday, September 13 at the age of 90.

Agnes was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on September 2, 1928 to Joseph and Mary Ballek. She attended Holy Name Catholic School through eighth grade, followed by Sheridan High School. In 1946 she met Floyd A. Songer at a roller skating rink and, as she liked to tell it, they had “been going around ever since.” They fell in love and were married on June 18, 1949. Together they raised four children, Diana, Dan, Dennis, and Don. In her leisure time, she enjoyed participating in the local Pettikote Bowling League. Her spiritual life was so important to her that she volunteered her time at Holy Name Catholic School while her children were younger.

Agnes always felt that her greatest accomplishment in her life was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Whether she was attending a function in support of her husband, Floyd, nursing sick children and grandchildren through illnesses, attending countless school and sporting events for her children and grandchildren, or just sitting around the kitchen table talking with her family, the love and support she gave over the years will always be remembered and cherished.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd of 61 years, and her brothers Anton, Joseph, John, and Frank Ballek.

Agnes is survived by her four children: Diana Nipps (Jim) of Sheridan and her daughters Christie Lee (Dale) of Sheridan and Jennifer Castro (Charlie) of Fontana, CA; Dan Songer (Vicky) of Gilbert, AZ and his daughter Heather Songer of Puyallup, WA; Dennis Songer (CynDee) and his sons Dustin and Dalton of Sheridan and daughter Samantha Songer of Casper, WY; Don Songer (Linda) and his daughters Chelsie Songer and Alecia (Matt) Johnson, all of Sheridan, WY; three great-grandchildren, Mariah Castro, Alexis Barrett, and Karter Bunso; one brother, Jim Ballek (Athena) of San Jose, CA.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Holy Name Church with Father Glenn Whewell officiating. A reception will follow immediately in the parish hall with interment to follow in the Sheridan Elks Memorial Cemetery.

Michael Douglas Songer 55

Michael was born August 11, 1962 in Decatur, IL to Jerry and Betty (Atkins) Songer. He was a 1980 graduate of Cerro Gordo High School. Michael married Rebecka Sue Beneze on May 17, 1986 in Decatur, IL and together they have two sons. In 1970, Michael competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition where he was eventually sponsored and picked up by the Green Bay Packers to compete against others during the halftime shows of football games. This is when his love for the Green Bay Packers grew as he had the privilege to travel with the team and warm up Bart Starr on the sidelines. As an adult, Michael served two years on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Cerro Gordo, member of the Cerro Gordo SAL Post 117, member of the American Legion Riders of Lovington, IL, inducted into the Cerro Gordo Youth League Hall of Fame in 2008 due to many years of hard work and dedication coaching the Cerro Gordo JFL.

Michael was employed for many years with R. V. Evans Co. and Stratus Foods in Decatur, IL. His final years in Florida he was employed with Gerber Auto Body Shop and worked as a Shop Tech. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, deer hunting in Southern Illinois with his closest friends, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and never missed a Green Bay Packers football game.

Michael is survived by his wife Rebecka (Beneze) Songer of 32 years; sons, Jacob (Alissa) Songer and Alex (Nerissa) Songer, all of Merritt Island, FL; brother Steve Songer of Cerro Gordo, IL; three sisters, Theresa (Brett) Palmquist of Midland, TX, Julie (Greg) Cope of Merritt Island, FL and Jill (Troy) Dodson of Hammond, IL; three granddaughters, Amelia, Zoey and Paislee Songer and a grandson on the way, all of Merritt Island, FL; many nieces, nephews, family and friends who he adored so much. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Betty (Atkins) Songer, sister-in-law Cheryl Songer and his nephew Mitchell Dodson.

Michael never met a stranger, no matter where he was. He always had a smile on his face and had a love like no other for his family and his hometown of Cerro Gordo, IL.

Family, friends and others whose lives Michael touched are invited to Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, 2827 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526. Visitation Services will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home in Decatur. Burial will follow at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, IL 61830.

The Songer family would like to extend our gratitude to the Brevard Co. Sheriffs Dept. and Fire Dept., Cape Canaveral Hospital, and everyone who played a part in helping us get Michael back home.

Judith Perrine

Judith "Judy" Songer Perrine, 74, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Carolinas HealthCare, Pineville, SC.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Bethel Baptist Church in York, SC. with Rev. Billy Lingerfelt and Rev. Matt Burrell officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday.

Judy was a daughter of the late Charles Cecil Songer and Elsie Wells Songer. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in York SC.

She is survived by her husband John Perrine of York, SC. children, Amy Trail of York, SC. Todd Douglas of Pytona, WV, Kim McCoy of York, SC. sisters, Linda Rowland of Rock Hill, and Peg Rhodes of West Virginia, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Margaret Ann Songer

Margaret Ann “Peg” Songer, 86, of Galion passed away Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018 at the Galion Hospital.

She was born July 3, 1931 in Binghamton, New York and was the daughter of Harry and Mabel (Edgell) Hamburg. On April 25, 1953 she married Calvin J. Songer and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage until his passing on January 30, 2014.

Peg was a homemaker for most of her life and had worked at various places over the years, including the North Central Special Education Center where she worked as a secretary and St. Paul United Methodist Church both in Galion. She was devoted to her faith as a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion. She was active with the Valley View Women’s Golf Association and the TWIG 5 at Galion Community Hospital. Peg was formerly a Girl Scout Leader for a number of years and enjoyed winning card games, dancing, bowling, golfing and spending time with her family. Many family and friends enjoyed beautiful quilts and sweaters that she made for them.

She is survived by five children, Mark (Lois) Songer of Key West, Florida, Tim (Martha Kniseley) Songer of Charlotte, North Carolina, Linda (Jack) Kidwell of Galion, Bridget (Jeff) Sutton of Galion and Mike (Abby) Songer of Marion; nine grandchildren, Mia Carrasco-Songer, Gina Carrasco-Songer, Dylan Carrasco-Songer, Kerry Sutton, Kasey Sutton, Kaitlyn Sutton, Scott Kidwell, Joseph Songer and Anna Songer and two brothers Harry (Ethel) Hamburg of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania and William (Brenda) Hamburg of Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother Tom Hamburg.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where a vigil service will be held Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 135 North Liberty St. Galion, Ohio with Father Paul Fahrbach and Father Tony Borgia as celebrants. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Galion.

Rose Songer

RoseMary (Rose) Songer, age 74, of Huron, SD passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Huron Regional Medical Center.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service with burial at the Winner Cemetery in Winner, SD will be held at a later date.

RoseMary Powell the daughter of David J. and Hazel J. (Merchen) Powell was born on December 7, 1941 in rural Winner, SD. She grew up and attended schools in the Winner area. RoseMary’s most rewarding job was that of taking care of her family as “Mom” and “Grandmother”. Rosemary also worked as a team member for Jack Links for 12 years.

RoseMary enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and playing pool. Rosemary loved cooking and was considered to be the best at her job by her entire family. Her family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time with her dogs.

Grateful for having shared in Rose’s life are the love of her life, Keith Songer; her sons: David (Joni) Tracy of Norfolk, NE, Darrell (Kari) Songer of Huron, SD, Donald Songer of Dallas, SD, Douglas Songer of Huron, SD, Duane (Ruth) Songer of Huron, SD; Brian (Tonya Petersen) Songer of Huron, SD, and Timothy (Leslie) Songer of Huron, SD ; daughters: Charlotta Schieffer of Riverton, WY, Carolyn (Kurt) Wallace of Arlington, SD, and Vickie Songer of Huron, SD; 27 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Myra) Powell of Winner, SD and Don (Connie) Powell of Parkston, SD; sisters, Darlene (Bill) Determan of Pierce, NE and Betty (Harold) Lund of Sand Springs, OK; and several nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Daniel and Jimmy Songer; brothers, John and David Powell; granddaughter, Rebecca; and great-grandson, Ethan.

Norma Jane Songer Cottrell

Norma Jane Songer Cottrell, 92, of Clendenin, WV, went home to her Heavenly Father on October 20, 2017, surrounded by her family at Hubbard Hospice House West.

She was the daughter of the late Don Songer and Sibyl Burris Songer. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Charlotte Cunningham.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and OES Thelma Chapter No. 24. She was a member of the Clendenin Woman's Club.

She is survived by one son, Maxwell A. Cottrell II; three sisters, Phyllis Creech of Thornville, Ohio, Donna Matheny of Charleston and Rita (Charlie) Lynch of Clendenin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

As per her request, we will have a committal service at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, WV, with Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating. Burial will be on a later date at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the committal service at the funeral home.

Iretta Songer

Iretta Songer (nee: Griggs), of St. Charles, MO, died on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the age of 90. Loving wife of Lester Songer; beloved daughter of the late Kenneth and Laura Griggs; dear sister of Maxine Ruff; cherished aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Iretta retired from Wagner Electric after 30 plus years of service. She was born in Reno, AR on September 21, 1926

Graveside Serivce: St. Charles Memorial Gardens Sunday April 9, 2017 2:00pm

James L. Songer

James L. Songer, 58, of Toledo, IL passed away March 28, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. James was born on October 20, 1958 to Lloyd and Ruby Songer of Newton, IL. He married Debra Thompson on May 1, 1995.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Rebecca Jackson and husband Brandon; son, Richard Thompson; brother, Jeff Songer (Annie) of Newton, IL; sister, Judy Houser of Newton, IL; and granddaughters, Abia, Zyleigh, and Olivia. Preceding him in death were his parents and daughter, Meghan.

Jim enjoyed playing pool, fishing, and dearly loved spending time with his family and friends. A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at a later date.

Edward Thaw Songer

Edward Thaw Songer (Beck), 71, of Pleasant Hill Road, Princeton, WV departed this life Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at his home.

Born in Giles County, VA on July 10, 1945 he was a son of the late Burtle Thaw Songer and Mary Agnus Williams Songer of Mt. Lake Rd, Newport, VA. Beck had become a Christian, was retired from Pounding Mill Quarry as a heavy equipment operator and foreman and enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Louise Dowdy and a grandchild, Easton Carter.

He leaves to cherish his memory his “Better Half” of 23 years Diane Whitt; his daughter and son-in-law Heather and Henry Carter of Bozoo, WV; his sons and daughters-in-law Johnny E and Crystal Songer of Narrows, Bruce D Carter of Christiansburg, and Edward Raymond and Tracy Songer of Big Stony Creek Road; his eleven grandchildren; his six great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters-in-law Steve and Eloise Songer of Newport, Walter and Mary Ann Williams of Newport, Bob and Terry Songer of Maybrook; his sisters and brothers-in-law Barbara Helen and Albert McGuire of Linside, WV, Betty Mae and Dale Breeding of Craig County, Kathy Gale and Jerry Carter of Blacksburg.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Pastor Johnny Lee Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Songer Family Cemetery, Mt Lake Rd,, Newport. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 until 8:00 pm.

Arlene J. Songer

Arlene J. Songer, 65, of Galion, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at Galion Community Hospital, Galion.

Arlene was born in Shelby on Jan. 19, 1952 to the late Marlin E. Cole and Effie E. (Ziegler) Cole, Ontario. She married Herbert Songer on Aug. 6, 1972 and he survives her.

Arlene has lived in Galion the past 14 years. Arlene was the center of her family. She was a wonderful homemaker and made every family get together and holiday special.

Arlene's greatest joy was spending time with her family and grandchildren and supporting her seven grandchildren in their many activities. She will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Arlene loved the Lord and was a member of the Life Point Church in Plymouth.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children, Matthew and Angela Songer, of Crestline, Michael and Casey Songer, of Crestline, and Kendra and Brett Vernon, of Grand Haven, Michigan; her mother, Effie Cole; her seven grandchildren, Megan Songer, Claire Songer, Brooke Songer, Austin Silverwood, Faith Songer, Molly Vernon, and Blake Vernon; her twin sister, Ardella and William Waldbauer of Tiffin; her brother, Rodney and Kathy Cole of Crestline; her special aunt and uncle, Pat and Dan Tackett, of Shelby; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marlin Cole.

Burial will be in Tiro-Oakwood Cemetery, Tiro, Ohio.


Leonard J. Songer Jr.

Leonard J. Songer Jr., 76, of West Lake Road, Auburn NY., passed away after a long illness on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, with his family by his side.

Leonard was born in Syracuse, NY on Oct. 21, 1939, to the late Leonard and Edna Thompson Songer Sr. Mr. Songer retired from IBEW Local 43 as an electrician. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and was proud to win the Pope and Young award in 1976.

Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Charlotte Estes Songer; his son, Len Joseph (Teresa) Songer; his seven grandchildren, Thomas Brownell, Michael Songer, Steven Songer, Matthew Wagner, Nicole Freeland, Megan Wagner and Robert McConnell; his sister, Linda Mooney, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Leonard was predeceased by his daughter, Christine Songer-Wagner, and his sisters, Theresa George, Joyce Brilbeck and Kay Logan.

Following Leonard’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.

Leonard’s family would like to thank their friends, family, the nurses on 3rd Memorial, and Hospice of the Finger Lakes for their care and compassion throughout Leonard’s illness.

Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn, NY 13021.

James Songer

James Henry Songer, 41 of Brockdell, TN. died on July 5, 2016. One of his favorite hobbies was working on cars. He was preceded in death by his parents; Henry and Rose Songer, and a brother; Steven Songer. He is survived by his sons; Kenneth Smith and James Allen Songer, sisters; Tammy (Charles) Cole and Melissa (David) Parsons. Service will be 11:00 a.m. at Rainey-Dill Cemetery on Monday July 11, 2016 with Bro. Ronny Colvard officiating. Burial will be in the Rainey-Dill Cemetery.

Lawrence Orville Songer

Lawrence Orville Songer, 82, of Alexandria, AL. Mr. Songer passed peacefully on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at his home.

Service will be Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Garry Ragsdale officiating.

Mr. Songer is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean; son, Ken (Lori), Ron (Bev); daughter, Julie (Rob); daughter-in-law, Mary; sister, Mary Brown of Weaver; fifteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Songer was born September 2, 1933 to Orville Gordon Songer and Fannie Mernevia Jones. The youngest of nine children, Lawrence was proceeded in death by his parents; sisters, Myra Alice, and Doris; brothers, Virgle, Gordon, Frances, William, and Joe; and great-granddaughter, Henley. Mr. Songer served in the US Army during the Korean War. After leaving the service he was employed Naval Avionics, and in 1982 he transferred to Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, CA where he lived for six years before retiring to Florida. In 1992 he came out of retirement to work McDonnell Douglas at the Kennedy Space Center. Over his career he worked on the naval missile program and the NASA Shuttle program. He again retired and moved to Alexandria in 1999 where he lived with his wife. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church since 2004.

Mr. Songer was very skilled at wood working and he was talented artist. He was a very patient teacher, loving husband, father, and grandfather, he always had time to do special things and make everyone feel special.

Steven Paul Songer

Steven Paul Songer, 19, of Washington, went home to be with his Lord Sunday, June 12, 2016. He was born December 15, 1996, in Pittsburgh, a son of Paul J. Sr. and Shelley E. Wood Songer of Washington. Mr. Songer attended The Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va., and later attained his high school diploma online.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Mr. Songer loved to play golf and was an active member of Lone Pine Country Club. He enjoyed skiing and spending time with friends and family. He also cherished time he spent with his beloved dog, Max. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his brothers and sisters, Julie Elizabeth Songer, at home, Paul (Barbara) Songer Jr., Linda (Eugene) Fahey, Eugene (Cyndi) Songer, Ann Marie (Herk Delong) Fargo, Kathleen (Dennis) Kelly, Maureen Witting, John Songer, Janice Farrell, Thomas (Cindy) Songer and Kevin (Randy Liebig) Songer; his grandmother, Doris Grim; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased is a sister, Elaine Reihner. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., corner of Wilson and East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16 in Immaculate Conception Church, 119 West Chestnut Street, Washington.

Mr. Songer's loved ones found significance in the prayer, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Michael Songer

Michael Songer, 49, of Ringgold, died on Monday, December 14, 2015 at his residence.

He was the owner of Songer Heating & Air and Bounce A Lot Playhouse and he enjoyed spending time with his son and family. Michael also loved time spent with his brother-in-laws, cruising, vacationing and helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Barbara Songer, sister, Debra Roach, sister-in-law, Diane Songer, mother-in-law, Linda Gail Headrick; father-in-law, Millard F. Headrick.

Survivors include his wife, Francie Songer; son, Michael Paul Songer; brother, Jesse Songer; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with burial to follow in Dailey Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

Dr. Donald Raymond Songer

Dr. Donald Raymond Songer passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015. He was 70. Dr. Songer was born in Miami, FL, he was a son of the late Gerald Raymond Songer and Elizabeth Curran Songer. He was a graduate and Salutatorian of Miami High; Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Florida, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science; and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Songer was an active member of Ashland United Methodist Church where he taught adult Sunday School class for 25 years; was a featured children’s Bible story teller; and led missions initiatives including Seeds of Hope Farmers’ Market. He was active in the community, coaching youth soccer and basketball; teaching at the Shepherd’s Center; and serving as a Reading Buddy at Seven Oaks Elementary School.

Dr. Songer was also involved in community theatre, performing in over 30 shows at Town Theatre, Village Square Theatre and others; favorite roles were Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond, Father in Cheaper by the Dozen, and Pirate in Peter Pan.

Dr. Songer taught at the University of South Carolina since 1986 and was a Professor of Political Science at the University at the time of his death. He taught previously at Oklahoma Baptist University, Macon Junior College, and Meredith College. He researched and wrote extensively about the United States Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Canada, and other appellate courts in the Americas and the Common Law world. Dr. Songer authored or co-authored several books, including Continuity and Change on the United States Courts of Appeals, The Transformation of the Supreme Court of Canada, and The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. In addition, he published over 75 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and Law and Society Review.

Professor Songer brought almost $2 million in funded research grants to the University of South Carolina. During his tenure at USC, he received numerous awards, including the American Political Science Association Law & Courts Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015); Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award (1993, 2003, 2008, 2014); Michael A. Hill Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award; and USC Educational Foundation Award for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Dr. Songer mentored numerous graduate students at USC who went on to faculty positions at colleges such as Michigan State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Georgia. Under Dr. Songer’s leadership, the public law program at USC was ranked in the top five in the United States.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Valorie Marlow Songer; children, Michael Johnson Songer (Erica) of Washington, DC and Julie Songer Belman (Travis) of Winnsboro. He is also survived by his grandson, James Glenn Belman; brother, Richard Noble Songer (Carol); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Songer Finch.

A Celebration of Dr. Songer will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Ashland United Methodist Church at 2600 Ashland Road in Columbia. A reception will follow in Ashland Hall. Dunbar Funeral Home’s Dutch Fork Chapel in Irmo, is assisting the family.


Rita Jayne (Songer) Clock

Rita Jayne (Songer) Clock, 54, passed away at her home in rural Gaston, IN following a courageous battle with cancer.

Rita was born November 10, 1961 in Muncie, IN to Don and Norma (Hughes) Songer.

She attended Delta High School and worked at various area restaurants. Rita attended the Gaston Church of the Nazarene.

Rita is survived by her parents, Don and Norma Songer; seven children, Doug Firestone (wife, Kerri) of Muncie, Joe Clock of Gaston, Jason Clock (wife, Susan) of Yorktown, Candy Elliott (significant other, Frank Brindle) of Gaston, Joshua Clock of California, Jeremy Clock (wife, Jamie) of Gaston, and Barbara Clock of Albany; grandmother, Dona "Granny" Roode of West Virginia; brother, Steve Songer (wife, Denise) of Auburn; sister, Kay Oliver (husband, Doug) of Yorktown; fifteen grandchildren, including Noah Rains, Lucas Firestone, Uriah Clock, Jace Phillips, Myah Phillips, and Braxton Clock, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rita was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Louise Songer; and grandfather, Daniel Hughes.

A funeral service to celebrate Rita's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2015 at Gant Funeral Homes, Gaston Chapel at 109 W. Elm St. in Gaston with Pastor Jerry Hobbick officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Friends and family may gather to share and remember from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015 and also one hour prior to service Friday at Gant Funeral Homes, Gaston Chapel.

The Gant and Miller families are honored to celebrate the life of Rita with her family and community.

Henrietta (Pat) Songer

Pat Songer, 91, of Catlin passed away at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at her daughter's home in Catlin.

Henrietta was known by all as "Pat" since her high school days. She was born on Feb. 1, 1924, in Danville to Cassius Clyde Ray and Celia (Woodard) Barkman. She married Jack D. Songer on April 28, 1943, in Selma, Ala. Jack passed away on Nov. 6, 2006. They had been married 65 years.

Pat is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Songer) Mitzlaff of Catlin and Debi Songer of Springfield; four grandsons, Christopher and James Mitzlaff, Matthew and Andrew Songer; one granddaughter, Beth Johnson; and four stepgrandsons, Thomas, Anthony, Paul and William Mitzlaff.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; their son, Stephen; and her brother, Clyde "Wink" Barkman.

Pat's greatest joy was spending time with Jack doing anything. Jack and Pat were owners of the former Songer Chevrolet dealership in Catlin where Jack served as president. She was known by all as a gracious hostess and fantastic cook, and able to pull together a four-course meal to feed 20 people with little notice (thanks to Jack's spontaneity!). She enjoyed trying new recipes, playing golf, bowling, gardening, boating and just being outside.

During World War II, Pat worked a variety of jobs including receptionist, office manager and data input operator. She returned to the work force after her children were in school. With Jack's retirement they were able to travel and visited all the air bases where he had been based during the war, attended numerous reunions of his World War II pilot class, spent their winters in Florida and briefly lived in California.

A memorial service and celebration of Pat's life will be held at a later date to be announced by Robison Chapel in Catlin. Please check their website and the local newspapers for the date and time.

Pat will be buried alongside Jack, the love of her life, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin. The family requests, in lieu of other expressions of sympathy, that donations be made to the Catlin Historical Society/Museum, the World War II museum in Danville or to the American Cancer Society.

Robison Chapel, Catlin, is in charge of the arrangements.

Debra Kay Songer Roach

Debra Kay Songer Roach, 51, of Ringgold, Georgia, died on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

A lifelong resident of the North Georgia area, she was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride where she worked as a LPN and she was a member of Highway 27 South Church of Christ in LaFayette.

Debra was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Lee Songer, Sr. and Geneva Barbara Gordy Songer; and sister-in-law Diane Songer.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred “Red” Roach of Ringgold; three children, Cynthia Hutchins of Rock Spring, Alfred E. Roach Jr., of Ringgold, and Gabriella “Faith” Roach of Rock Spring; two brothers, Jesse Songer, Jr. of Ringgold, and Michael Songer of Ringgold; granddaughter, Shanna Grace Roach and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, in the funeral home chapel with Minister Daniel Curtis officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Cloudland.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 1-9 p.m. and Sunday until funeral time at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel, Ringgold.

Roger Alan Songer

Roger Alan Songer, 58, of Charleston, went to his eternal home in Heaven February 28, 2015. He was born May 6, 1956, in Charleston to the late Fred and Anne Fields.

Roger was a Navy veteran and an upholsterer by trade. He loved to watch Marshall & WVU sports. He found the good in everyone and was soft spoken.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Tony and Sam.

Roger is survived by his two sons, Doug of St. Albans and Rick of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandson, Jacob; siblings, Rick, Rob, Kevin, Phyllis and Donna.

He will be sadly missed.

Service will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 4, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pastor Steve Nestor officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call two hours prior to the service on Wednesday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Mrs. Janna Kay Songer

Mrs. Janna Kay Songer, age 35 of Oak Ridge passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Methodist Medical Center. Janna was a Christian and a devoted member of Lifehouse Church in Oak Ridge where her husband, Jeremy is pastor. She had worked for several years as an Eligibility Counselor for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, studying at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. She was preceded in death by her mother, Karen Rerden Sullivan.

Janna is survived by her husband, Jeremy Songer and their two children, Josie Olivia and Joseph Luke Songer; Father, Patrick R. Sullivan; Father and Mother-in-law , Jack and Sherry Songer; And many close friends, family members, and church family.

A “Celebration of Life” Service will be held on Friday evening, February 6, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Lifehouse Church, 535 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 with Terry Bailey and Andrew Templeton speaking. A “Time of Remembrance” will follow in the church fellowship hall . Jackson Funeral Services in Oliver Springs is honored to serve the Songer Family. We invite you to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

Joyce Diane Keys Songer

Joyce Diane Keys Songer, 51, of Ringgold, Georgia died on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, she was a former employee of Beaulieu of America where she worked for five years and attended Highway 27 South Church of Christ in LaFayette.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Edith Cooper Keys.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jesse Songer, Jr. of Ringgold; three children, Jessica (Michael) West of Ringgold, Brandi Lee Songer of Rocky Face, and Jesse “Bubba” Lee Songer III of Rocky Face; two sisters, Kathy Glenn and Kim Cooper, both of Dalton; brother, David Cooper of Dalton; five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 12-5 p.m. with a service at 5 p.m. in the parlor.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel, Ringgold.

Charlette (SONGER) Stas

Charlette Stas, 71, of Mount Vernon, SD died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home under hospice care.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. A Memorial Fund has been established.

Charlette Mae Songer was born March 14, 1943, at Huron, to Raymond and Hazel (Baughman) Songer.

She met her soulmate, Sterling Totten in 1979 and they were together for 35 years.

She is survived by four sons: Rick Stas of Mitchell, Kip (Angie) Stas of Rigby, Idaho, Rex (Tonya Metter) Stas of Huron, and Ryan (Kandi) Stas of Huron; six daughters: Kay (Jason) Currey of Mitchell, Kari (Justin) Meyer of Mount Vernon, Tami Totton of Sioux Falls, Kim (Luther) Smith of Sioux Falls, Wanda Jennings of Letcher, and Lanita (Lynn) Gregerson of Delmont; four sisters: Iola Hamilton of Tuscon, Ariz., Geneva (Duke) Leetch of Huron, Velda Schnellbach of Del Rapids, and Leota Story of Bassett, Neb.; and four brothers, Keith (Rose) Songer, Wayne (Barb) Songer, and Larry Songer, all of Huron, and Calvin Songer, Norfolk; 32 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Rodney; six brothers: Kenneth, Dale, Leonard, Lester, Melvin and Donald.

Winfred Gail Songer

Winfred Gail Songer, 84, peacefully passed away on Tuesday November 11, 2014. He was born on July 1, 1930 in Williston, North Dakota. His younger years were spent in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, he then moved to his family to Washington in 1964 for the opportunity to work for Lockheed Shipyard. He also worked many years as a pipe fitter. In 1983 he moved his family to Selah where he lived until his death. He served in the Armed Forces and was active in the Eagles.

Winfred is preceded in death by his wife Loretta of 56 years and his son Leonard. He is survived by his children, Barb (Doug) Lomax of B.C., Denise (Jerry) Pike, Bellingham, WA, Louis (Cathie) Songer, Selah, WA and Paul Songer, Bellingham, WA, 8 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date where his ashes and his wife’s ashes will be laid to rest together. Valley Hills Funeral Home in Yakima is in care of the arrangements.

James Loyd Songer

James Loyd Songer, 68, of Pikeville, TN, died Monday, November 3, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his father, JM Songer.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Beulah Songer; children, Jennifer (Paul) Howard, Dunlap and Robby Songer, Pikeville; nine grandchildren, T.J. and Amanda Brown, Jillian and Jacob Brown, Daniel Howard, Austin Songer, Max Songer, Callie Ruth Songer and Joshua Nance; great-grandchildren, Rex Mohler, Weston and Hanson Nance; mother, Maxine Songer; sister, Fay Songer; three brothers, Gary, Jerry and Ricky Songer; special niece, Denisea Mann; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be Wednesday, November 5, at 1 p.m. CST in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Granny Ruth's Garden.

Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy 127 South, Pikeville, where visitation will be held Tuesday, November 4 from 1-9 p.m. CST.

Jason Lee Songer

Jason Lee Songer, 29, of La Crescent, Minnesota died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in La Crosse as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
( see the news wire page for vehicle accident details )

He was born in La Crescent, Minnesota, Nov. 4, 1984, to Jeff and Kathy (Burfield) Songer of La Crescent. He graduated from La Crescent High School in 2003. On Sept.14, 2013, he was married to Felicia Morgan.

Jason had many hobbies; salt water fishing, playing guitar and his greatest accomplishment, rebuilding from the ground up his 1967 Mustang at the age of 16, with his father, who gave him the knowledge he needed to succeed.

Jason was a loyal and dedicated worker for Woodman’s Grocery since he was 16 years old. This is also where he met his future wife, Felicia. Then their adventures began. They started dating in 2005 and purchased their first house in 2007, where he was able to use his construction skills to build a garage from the ground up.

Jason was passionate about music, so passionate he went to London to see his favorite band, Led Zeppelin, sleeping outside to ensure he and his wife would have front row seats at the O2 Center. Jason attended many concerts with friends and family, including Paul McCartney, The Who, Eagles, etc. His love of adventure and travel took him all over the world from Hawaii, England, France, then Australia, sleeping in the outback, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, where he and his wife bungee jumped the second longest jump in the world, and the island of Fiji, Italy and Greece, for the couple’s honeymoon, where a lot of ground was covered. They were able to see Pisa, Pantheon, Olympia, Pompeii, bike Rome and tour the Coliseum. Jason’s motto was “open your eyes to how short life can be and that tomorrow may never come. Have no regrets, no holding back, try anything at least once because you only live once, for however long that may be.”

Jason was a driven and determined man who believed there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He was very family oriented and had recently purchased his second home in La Crescent. Jason was helpful to anyone who was in need and had friends in all places. He was a very loved and well-rounded man.

In addition to his wife, Felicia of La Crescent, he is survived by his parents, Jeff and Kathy Songer of La Crescent; one sister, Jessica (Josh) Tovsen of La Crescent; his niece and nephew, Tori and Austin Tovsen; grandmother, Maxine Songer of La Crescent; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceeded in death by his maternal grandparents; his paternal grandfather; and two cousins.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crescent, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be used in Jason’s memory.

Shelby Songer

Shelby Songer, 71, of Pikeville, TN, died on Sunday, July 13, 2014. 

She was a member of Brockdell Church of God. 

She is preceded was death by her parents, Willis and Lilla Mae Songer; sister, Mary Dodson; and brothers, Clayburn Songer and Tommy Songer. 

Survivors include her sisters, Allene (Joseph) Songer and Audrey (Charlie) Davis, of Pikeville; brother-in-law, Cecil "Bo" Dodson, Spencer; two special sons-in-law, Charlie Davis and Malcom Newson; her church family; and several nieces and nephews. 

Services will be Wednesday, July 16 at 2 p.m. CDT at Brockdell Church of God with Rev. David Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Rainey Dill Cemetery. 

Arrangements are by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Pikeville, TN. 

The family will receive friends Monday, July 14 after 5 p.m. CDT at Brockdell Church of God.

Patricia Florence Kirtland

Patricia Florence Kirtland, was the daughter of george and edith kirtland nee songer. her mother, I believe edith songer, died in 1952 in east ham, east london.

Ruth Ann Guam Songer

Norfolk - Ruth A. Songer, 93, a longtime resident of Norfolk, passed away on June 18, 2014. A native of Cleveland Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Alfred H. and Ruth Cousineau Gaum. A graduate of Hiram College and William & Mary, she taught German at Norview High School and was a member of the National Education Association, Virginia Education Association and Education Association of Norfolk, as well as former Secretary-Treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of American Association of Teachers of German. She was a volunteer at Bons Secours Medical Center and attended the Norfolk Naval Base Protestant Chapel.

She is survived by her son, Richard L. Songer and his wife, Judith; a granddaughter, Rachel A. Songer; a great-grandson Lee Michael Weber; best friends Linda Walski, Milli Garcia, and dear friends Raymond Ashbacher & Little Bit. She was preceded in death by her sister Jean G. Karczski and brother William A. Gaum.

Melvin Songer

Melvin Songer, age 72, of Huron, SD. died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. His body has been cremated and burial of his cremated remains will be held at a later date at Ideal Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Melvin E. Songer, son of Raymond and Hazel (Baughman) Songer, was born on July 28, 1941, in rural Iroquois. He moved with his parents to various farms in South Dakota.

In 1963, Melvin married Rose Powell. Later in life they divorced. In 1997, Melvin married Patricia Moeding. Melvin worked for Dressed Beef, Cooks Seed Company, Flanery’s, a few area farmers, and DCS Shag Service. He retired in 1998 due to ill health.

He is survived by five children, Darrell (Kari) Songer of Huron, Doug Songer of Huron, Don Songer of Huron, Duane (Ruth) Songer of Huron, and Carolyn (Kurt) Wallace of Arlington; one step-son, James Al Moeding of Pukwana; 14 grandchildren, Bridgette, Brittany, Cody, Belinda, Wyatt, Dalton, Samantha, Blaine, Nikita, Briana, Kaylee, Kendra, Kyann, and Chris; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Geneva (Duke) Leetch of Huron, Charlotte Stas and her special friend Sterling Totton of Mount Vernon, Leota Story of Bassett, Neb., Iola Hamilton of Tucson, Ariz., and Velda Schnellbach of Sioux Falls; four brothers, Keith Songer of Huron, Wayne (Barb) Songer of Huron, Larry Songer of Huron, and Calvin Songer of Norfolk, Neb.; two sisters-in-law, Linda Woodfork of Huron, and Ruth Nickle of Huron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Daniel Songer in 1964; his second wife, Patty on June 2, 2007; a great grandson, Ethan Songer, in 2009; five brothers; one daughter-in-law, Jodi; three brothers-in-law, Jasper Story, Everett Hamilton and Eddie Schnellbach.

Una Bell Songer

Una Bell Songer, 93 of Moscow Mills, MO. formerly of Pocahontas passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014.

She was born in Kennett, MO September 10, 1920 to the late George and Lola Sandefer.

Preceding her in death husband Elmyn T. Songer, father George Dewey Sandefer,mother Lola M. Dublin Sandefer, brother George Sandefer Jr., 4 sisters Clara Philpot, Dorothy Mayfield, Hattie Rains, Elvia Skaggs.

Survivors include 2 sons David (Connie) Songer, Moscow Mills, MO, Stan (Carla) Songer, St. Charles, MO., 3 daughters Wanda (Bob) Hefner, Maynard, AR., Mae (John) Adams, Miraamar Beach. FL., Donna (Lester) Williams, Corning, AR. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. . Also 2 sister Wilma Luciano, Terrebonne, Oregon and Flora Morgan, Troy, IL.

Visitation will be Sunday January 19, 2014 from 5:00- 7:00 P.M. Funeral service will be Monday January 20, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Cross Roads Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Steve Hefner, Greg Hefner, Mike Songer, Ted Songer, Jason Hefner, John Adams, Jim Skaggs.

Robert S. Songer

Robert S. Songer, 84, of 4001 Dry Brook Road, Falconer, PA. formerly of Warren and Salamanca, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in his home.

He was born Oct. 22, 1929, in Warren, PA., a son of the late Robert and Marie White Songer.

He was a graduate of Warren High School.

Prior to his retirement he was employed by Ethan Allen Furniture in the Jamestown office, serving as regional manager and board member. He earlier had worked at Singer Furniture and Fancher Furniture, Salamanca.

He was a former member of the Salamanca Lions Club.

He enjoyed singing, playing piano and accordion.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Kuzminski, whom he married Sept. 3, 1949; five children: Robert Songer of Manchester, Mich., Katherine (Bill) Hager of Ishpeming, Mich., Valerie (David) Thor of Busti, Mark (Cindy) Songer of Wexford, Pa., and Wesley (Debbie) Songer of Elkton, Va.; an exchange student daughter, Nancy (Donnie) Eastman of New Port Richie, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Carlson of Conneaut, Ohio.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Ben Graessle; daughter-in-law, Sandie Songer; and a brother, Ronald Songer.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Lind Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and for one hour prior to the service Saturday in the funeral home.

Harold "Sparky" Songer

'Sparky' Songer: Vet behind war museum dies at 88 — During his 15 years as a volunteer with the Vermilion County War Museum, Ron Bolser has had to say goodbye to quite a few World War II veterans.

But none quite like Harold "Sparky" Songer.

"Sparky" knew so many people, and so many people knew him, said Bolser, who is on the board of directors of the museum where Mr. Songer became a fixture after he and other World War II veterans opened it in the mid-1990s.

"This was his hobby," Bolser reminisced Monday at the museum. "This was his life."

Mr. Songer, 88, of Danville, died Sunday January 12, 2014 at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis. The Veedersburg, Ind., native was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, fought during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded both a Purple Star and a Bronze Star in his decorated military career.

His stories became one of the museum's top attractions.

At 19, he was a soldier in the 423rd regiment of the Army's 106th Division, which was forced to surrender to the Germans after being pinned down for two days in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. Mr. Songer spent six months as a prisoner of war. "We lived in shacks in the woods, slept on bunks on bags of straw that were full of lice," he once told The News-Gazette — and many other museum visitors over the years. "... Our water was melted snow. Our meals were one bowl of soup in the evening with maybe a potato and a piece of horse meat."

After escaping, Mr. Songer went back home to Veedersburg, re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and went on to serve in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. After 20 years in the Air Force, he retired and spent about 15 years as coordinator of veterans affairs at Danville Area Community College.

Toward the end of his time at DACC, Mr. Songer and several other veterans tried to convince the city to lease to them the vacant 1904 Carnegie Building at 307 N. Vermilion St., so they could create a war museum. The city ultimately did, and after considerable fundraising and renovations to the dilapidated former home of the Danville Public Library, the group opened the museum on Veterans Day 1999.

One of a kind

Over the years, Mr. Songer's name became the one most synonymous with the museum. He was a volunteer, like the others, but put in hours like it was his full-time job.

In the beginning, Bolser remembers, Sparky kept the museum open seven days a week. Although official hours didn't begin at 7 a.m., he was there that early every morning, seven days a week, and never left until late afternoon.

"He was the one who really created the first 10 years of the museum," Bolser said.

John McFetridge, a Danville attorney who is also on the museum board, said Mr. Songer was tremendously hard-working, patriotic, highly respected and always concerned about veterans issues.

He was also a true community asset who was there, giving McFetridge words of encouragement when his own son served as an Army infantryman in Iraq.

"(The museum) owes its existence to the efforts of Mr. Songer," McFetridge said. "He will certainly be missed."

Although Mr. Songer's influence can be linked to almost every part of the museum, it's likely the back-room table where his absence will be the most noted.

That's where he sat and drank his coffee, often with other veterans and volunteers, sharing stories from their service.

"He loved to tell war stories," Bolser said.

Not all of them, though. Mr. Songer had traumatic experiences in war, Bolser said, and some stories were too painful to share.

Mr. Songer was instrumental in other veterans' causes in the community besides the museum. He and the late Harold Leisch launched the effort to collect tens of thousands of aluminum cans to raise money for war memorials in Danville — a World War II memorial, a Korean-Vietnam Memorial and a Women's War Memorial. He was also a charter member of Danville Sunrise Rotary.

But he was most passionate about supporting veterans. Mr. Songer ran the museum almost like a veterans affairs office, Bolser said, with all kinds of paperwork and information available to veterans who would visit.

"It's an honor to keep on working with veterans and have a building as beautiful as this to keep their memories alive," Mr. Songer told The News-Gazette in 1999. "I can't wait to get to work in the morning, and I'm reluctant to go home at night."

Mr. Songer's wife, Eloise, spent hours by Sparky's side at the museum until her health became an issue. Bolser said that was the first time Mr. Songer began cutting back his hours. She died in 2006, and Sparky eventually came back on a regular basis.

"If it wasn't for this museum," Bolser said, "I think he would have died earlier."

Crowd goes wild

Over the years, Mr. Songer had two hip replacements, a knee replacement and three back surgeries.

He told The News-Gazette for a 1999 story that he believed the pain that doctors attributed to his back came from being struck so hard by a German guard that it broke the man's baton.

In 2011, Mr. Songer finally had to give up coming in to volunteer at the museum.

Bolser said he would still drop by from time to time, attending board meetings and some special functions. But it was getting harder and harder for him to get around physically.

At a recent charity softball game for wounded veterans at Danville Stadium, Mr. Songer needed help getting out to the pitching mound for the ceremonial first pitch. But to Bolser's surprise, Sparky fired the ball all the way to the catcher.

He got a standing ovation.

"I think that was one of his highlights," Bolser said.

Mr. Songer is the second World War II veteran volunteer the museum has lost in less than two months, Bolser said.

Cordy Heron, who was on the museum's board, died last month. Bolser said the museum is looking, more than ever, to younger veterans and others to get involved.

"I think Sparky just wanted to leave this as a place to view history hands-on," Bolser said, "rather than out of a book."

Steven Cody Songer

A "Celebration of Life" for Steven Cody Songer, 19, who passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1231 W. Hull St., Denison. The celebration will include live music, an open microphone, picture slideshow, and the releasing of balloons. If you would like to bring a balloon with a special message, please feel free to do so.

Steven was born on April 13, 1994 in Greenville, and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. Steven courageously battled his disease daily. On March 31, 2012 he received the gift of a double lung transplant, which allowed Steven to have another year of life where he could breathe deep and feel as though he was a normal young man doing all the things any typical teenager does.

Steven graduated from Denison High School in May 2012, and due to his lung transplant he was able to walk across the stage with fellow classmates. He then began pursuing a degree of fine arts at Grayson County College and planned to attend UTD. His intellect held no boundaries. As a final act of bravery, Steven wished to have his body donated to science, in hopes to contribute to the education concerning the disease he lost against. He was truly an inspiration to every person that crossed his path.

Steven was preceded in death by Delores and Jimmie Songer (Ma and Pa), and Martha Martin (Nanny). Surviving are honorary parents, Suzanne and Dan Moody (Aunt and Uncle) of Denison; mother and stepfather, Tammy and John Dacus of Atlanta, Texas; father, Cody Songer of Longview; sister, Ashley Songer of Atlanta, Texas; uncle Wayne and aunt Rosario Martin of Sherman; cousins, April, Nicole, Paula, Jeb, Austin, Kyler, Dylan, and Destiny all of Sherman. He is also survived by several great-aunts and uncles, many more cousins, loving teachers, and wonderful adoring friends.

Adrian Songer 01/17/1946 - 07/14/2012

Adrian Songer was not a saint, as many of Santa Barbara's finest Catholic schools could attest. But he was a loving and whimsical father; a devoted husband; a political debater with a memory for facts that discouraged even the sharpest liberals from engaging him in discussion; a fearsome voice on the other end of the line if you phoned after 9pm; a hard-ass boss who opened his home to his employees; a cat-hater who found unexpected love with a succession of felines; a car enthusiast who owned upwards of 40 vehicles in as many years (whether or not they worked was immaterial); a born sailor with a love of the ocean combined with terrible seasickness; and a devoted cheerleader at his son Jacob's many sporting events. We will miss his gruff voice, his bear hug, his pep talk, his love.

Survived by his wife, Christina; his children, Katey, Renee, Sarah, and Jacob; his grandchildren, Claire, Lily, and Owen; his brother, Fran; and he will be missed by many other family, friends and longtime associates of Pacific Press/Fast Print Services.

Services on Friday, July 20 at 1pm, at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jacob's college fund at Montecito Bank and Trust.

Jack Loyd Songer

Jack Loyd Songer, 81, of Lewistown, husband, dad, grampa, great grampa, a true gentleman among men; heaven welcomed Jack Loyd Songer on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Jack was born April 13, 1932, on the Musselshell River in Garfield County, Mont., to Alvin W. and Thelma E. (Elliot) Songer. They moved to Spokane, Wash., when Jack was just a boy. He enlisted in the Navy in 1949 during the Korean War serving as a flight engineer with Patrol Squadron 47 on a PBY Airship. He married Joanne Wyman on Nov. 11, 1956. They were blessed with five children Gwen, Kim, Larry, Linda and Loretta. Jack’s 25 year law enforcement career began as a Fergus County deputy continuing on as Undersheriff and retiring as Sheriff. Honest and loyal, he was a man of integrity whose character traits inspired others. He loved to spend time with his family camping, fishing, playing crib, pinochle and watching good movies! Jack also enjoyed getting together with his brothers Alvin, Ed, and Mike and cousin Dick Songer to sing and play their guitars and harmonicas. He was a real “Jack”-of-all-trades….carpentry, mechanics, cowboying and marksmanship; a true perfectionist and master craftsman who built beautiful wood furniture. He had an infectious laugh that would warm any heart and his life left the world a better place, with heaven rejoicing that he is now there!

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Joanne Songer; daughters Gwen (Shane) Hershman of Lewistown, Kim (Ken) Cox of Kenai, Alaska; son Larry Songer of Billings; daughters Linda (John) Anderson of Lewistown, Loretta Songer (Marty Storfa) of Billings; grandchildren Jessi (Jon) Rasmusson of Billings, Brandon Anderson of Fayetteville, N.C., Abi Jo Anderson of Billings, Sierra Hershman of Lewistown, Brittney Storfa of Billings, Taylor Storfa of Bozeman, Marshal (Katie) Cox of Kenai, Alaska, Caleb (Cyndi) Cox of Bothel, Wash.; and great grandchildren Kaya and Moriah Cox of Kenai, Alaska; sister Ida Ackaret of Lewistown; brothers Ed (Darlene) Songer of Grass Range, Mike (Helen) Songer of Garneill; sister-in-law Zelinda Songer of Judith Gap; aunt Helen Elliot of Garneill; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin W. and Thelma E. Songer; brother Alvin E. Songer; and sister Betty Mae Spurrier.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown, Mont., followed by a luncheon in the church basement. Burial will be at the Lewistown City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, Dec.19, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.

Col. Donald Eugene Songer

Born: 09/26/1919, Died: 09/26/2013 Col. Donald Eugene Songer, of Solomons, Maryland, passed away at his residence on September 26th, 2013. In March, 2013, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Wanda M. Songer. Don left us on the 71st anniversary of their marriage. Colonel Songer was a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam. He loved his country, his beloved United States Air Force, flying airplanes, working in his wood shop, and was an avid golfer. Don and Wanda moved to the Asbury Solomons Community in 2000, and lived in Colorado Springs, CO for the previous thirty years. Don retired from the Air Force in 1970, having served in the Army Air Corps, the Iowa National Guard, and the USAF since enrolling as a cadet in1942. Details on Don and Wanda's adventures are available on Facebook. Don leaves his family of two children and daughter in law, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Ceremony Details: Arrangements were handled by the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, MD.

Regina Songer

Cena Regina Stacey Songer, 62, of 932 Tuttle Ottumwa, IA died at 1:10 p.m. May 8, 2013 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.

She was born January 6, 1951 in Borger, TX to Jesse and Mary Chittum Dooty. She married Michael Songer on June 28, 1996.

Regina was 1969 graduate of Berryville High School in Berryville, AR. She was a master cook and a master seamstress. Regina enjoyed gardening, and had played on a shuffleboard league and a 9 ball pool league.

Surviving is her husband, Mike; two daughters, Cheri (Matt) Van Hauen of Waukee and Christy (Jon) Yetley of Coralville; five grandchildren; two brothers, Glen and Rusty Dooty both of Berryville, AR.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Debra Howard.

Helen Wilda Songer

Helen Wilda Songer, 93, of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, formerly of Hawthorn, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Residence. Born March 26, 1920, she was the daughter of Arlington J. and Ruth (Brown) Deily.

She married Fred Songer on June 20, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Songer was a graduate of Clarion University.

She taught English and Latin for 32 years in high schools in Clarion, Hawthorn, Clarion-Limestone, East Brady and Redbank Valley in New Bethlehem. Mrs. Songer was a faithful Sunday school teacher for many years at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Hawthorn. She was a member of Christ's Community United Methodist in Altoona.

She was a member of the Clarion County Retired Teachers Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and a former member of the New Bethlehem Chapter No. 230 Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Songer reveled in her family and her friends. She enjoyed swimming, playing bridge, cooking and sewing. She was an avid fan of Penn State athletics and the Steelers.

Survivors include two daughters, Jill Walker and her husband, Denny, of Altoona, and Vicky Free and her husband, Blair, of Kutztown; three grandchildren, Shaena Kershner, Micah Longo and Melissa Walker; and a sister, Verda Seigworth in Florida.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur "Bud" Deily. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family by the Rev. Peter Raser. Interment will be in Hawthorn Cemetery.

Arrangements are at the direction of The Stevens Mortuary Inc. of Altoona.

Eleanor M. Songer

Eleanor M. Songer, a 10-year resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home, passed away Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012). Born April 8, 1916, in Emporium, she was a daughter of Francis and Alice Shoup Brissee Sr. In February of 1932, she married Walter E. Songer, who predeceased her Dec. 11, 1983. Mrs. Songer attended St. Mary of the Angels Parochial School and was a graduate of Olean (N.Y.) High School. She resided in Bradford for most of her married life, where she had been employed by the Ray and Derick Drug Store for 10 years. She and her husband moved to Limestone, N.Y., in 1971. She attended St. Francis Church in Bradford and later attended St. Patrick's Church in Limestone. She enjoyed being a homemaker, spending time with her family and baking for her grandchildren. Surviving are one daughter, Karen (Ron) Bergman of Chandler, Ariz.; four sons, William (Carol) Songer of Limestone, Joseph Songer of Pismo Beach, Calif., Terry Songer of Bradford and Richard (Carol) Songer of Little Valley, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis Brissee of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sisters, Rita Hensley of Hurricane, Utah, Patricia Todd of Lansdale and Dora Pawlakowski of Lorraine, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Jeanine Todd, on Feb. 6, 2012; and four sisters, Margie Fritz, Ann, Jean Peterson and Dorothy Brissee. Friends will be received at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday (Jan. 4, 2013) at 9:30 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church. The Rev. James Vacco, O.F.M., pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Lonnie Songer

Lonnie Songer, 57, of Christiansburg, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Arrangements by Horne Funeral Home & Crematory, Christiansburg, Va.

Carl F. “Buzz” Songer

Carl F. “Buzz” Songer, age 80 of Knox, PA died Thursday morning August 16, 2012, at his home following a brief illness.

Born January 12, 1932 in Clarion, he was the son of the late Norbert and Helen Dietz Songer.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Carl was self-employed and was of the Catholic faith.

He married the former M. Joan Karg and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Joan, of Knox, PA Carl is survived by four sons: Shaun Songer and his wife, Michelle, of Raleigh, North Carolina; Scott Songer of Knox, PA; Matt Songer and his wife, Lisa, of Atlanta, Georgia and Kelly Songer and his wife, Sue, of Shippenville and five grandchildren: Mason, Hayden, Ian, Morgan and Carlie.

He is also survived by his sister, Charlotte Merryman of Clarion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Marie Songer on March 12, 1960.

At Carl’s request, there will be no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion, PA.

Ruby Songer

Ruby D. Songer, age 85 Of Newton, IL passed away at 1:50 PM Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Burgin Manor in Olney, IL.

Private funeral services will be held. Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, IL. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.blakefh.com.

Ruby was born on June 19, 1927 Pesotum, IL the daughter of Scott Winifield Hancock Woods and Alice Catherine (Yingst) Woods. She married Loyd Songer on December 4, 1955 and he preceded her in death on February 2, 1975. Ruby was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed working puzzles.

Ruby is survived by- Her Children- Jeff Songer of West Liberty, IL Jim Songer of Toledo, IL Judy Houser of Newton, IL 11 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren with one expected in December and 1 Great Great Grandchild

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

Roy Songer

Roy Songer, born January 30, 1915 in Palisade, Colorado passed away on June 17, 2012 in San Clemente, California. Graveside service will be Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11:00am at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, California.


CYNTHIA LEE RANKIN SONGER 8/4/1964-6/26/2012 Cindy was born in Pittsburgh, PA to parents, Bill and Franie Rankin. She was a graduate of the La Sierra High School Class of 1982, and of the School of Cosmetology at Riverside City College. She married her husband, David Songer, in 1992, and they became the proud parents of William David and Charlee Rae. The family made their home in Riverside. Cindy enjoyed gardening, dancing, and saving stray animals. She volunteered with the La Sierra Little League and the Norte Vista Braves Baseball Booster Club. Cindy is survived by her parents, Franie and Bill Rankin of Riverside; her husband, David Songer; son William; daughter Charlee; step-daughter Kailey; sister Lori; niece Brooke, and nephew Ryan. An open house celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, July 29 from 1:00-4:00, with a ceremony at 3:00, at the home of Franie and Bill Rankin, 6768 Western Riverside, CA 92505.

Richard Songer

Richard Barton Songer, 77, of Waynesboro, VA passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at his residence.

He was born July 29, 1934 in Springdale, Ohio, son of the late George Songer and Dorothy Songer Hayes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Songer.

He had been an avid stamp and coin collector and a member of the Waynesboro Country Club. He was also an avid aviation enthusiast. He retired from Genicom as the Vice President of Service. In retirement he liked to spend time at coin and gun shows, tinkering with his antique car with his best friend, Gary Cook and spending time with his family and three kitties.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Songer; two daughters, Amy Murphy and husband Shawn of Sacramento, CA, Trisha Durfee and husband Thomas of Waynesboro, VA; one son, Jeffery Songer and wife, DeeDee of Covington, LA; grandchildren, Jeffery and Jason Songer, Kelsey and Taylor Eutsler, Nathan and Samuel Durfee; two sisters, Marilyn Hayes and Glenna Carmack, both of Cincinnati, OH; one nephew, Matthew Schwerman.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Waynesboro First Aid Building with Pastor Bob Johnson officiating.

Loretta J. (Bartlette) Songer

It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Loretta J. (Bartlette) Songer on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Yakima. She was born in Walhalla, North Dakota on April 3rd, 1935 to Leonard and Mary Bartlette. She spent years in South Dakota, Montana, and the Seattle area before moving to the Yakima Valley in 1983. While in Seattle she worked for Boeing and Hayes Products as a supervisor. She has spent the last 28 years in Selah where she was also a supervisor at Snokist. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Winfred (Chick), sons Louis (Cathie) and Paul, daughters Barb (Doug) and Denise (Jerry), eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, plus step grandchildren. Also, she leaves behind five brothers and one sister. She has now joined her predeceased son, Leonard.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 30th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at her home located at 80 Sole Lane in Selah.
She will be dearly missed but lives on in our hearts.

Luther Blackfeather Songer

Songer, Luther Blackfeather, infant son of Jimmy and Rita Songer, died May 30. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, 36560 East West 1190, Wewoka Strode, Stillwater, OK.

Shirley A. McGuyer Songer

Shirley A. McGuyer Songer, 57, of Christiansburg, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by her mother, Grace McGuyer; father, Jim McGuyer; and her sister, Nora M. Dewese. Left to cherish her memory are her fiance, Jerry Morris; brothers, Jim Bo (Jimmy) McGuyer, and William (Bill) McGuyer. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Horne Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from the Horne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Keith Graves officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery.

Everett Songer

Everett Songer age 83, of Bouton died on Friday, July 20, 2012 at Madrid Home for the Aging in Madrid. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be given to the Madrid Nursing Home and may be left at the Funeral Home.

Everett Cecil Songer was born on November 20, 1928 at Huron, SD to William Cecil and Queen (Boone) Songer. He graduated from Perry Community High School. He married Ruth Jean England on September 10, 1949 at Unionville, MO.

 Everett began working at a young age to assist the family in raising younger brothers and sisters. He later worked for the Highway Commission and then worked with Max Conaway at his farming operation. In addition and due to his exceptional mechanical ability, he worked on cars etc. and it's been said by many there was not a thing he couldn't fix. After discovering farming to be his love, he began a corn shelling operation and then grew into farming for himself. Following years of growth, he also brought his son Larry and grandson Jamie Coghlan into the operation. He walked and rode beans with his grandchildren, Jamie, Stefanie, Jason and Heather. After years of farming and new changes, Everett chose to retire. A few months later and having worked all his life, Everett decided to begin his own trucking operation which would later include his partner and great grandson, Cody Coghlan. They hauled grain both around the state and in the local area and it was common to see the white Volvo and trailer on the highways. At his time of passing, Everett and Cody remain partners and that will continue always. Everett was a hard worker, took a great deal of pride in a job well done, and always expected the best efforts from himself.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents William and Queen Songer, and 2 brothers, Harold and LeRoy Songer.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Songer, Bouton, IA, daughter, Dianna (Jim) Coghlan, Woodward, IA, son, Larry Songer, Bouton, IA, grandchildren, Jamie (Jennifer) Coghlan, Perry, IA, Stefanie (Scott) Dennis, Ankeny, IA, Jason (Jessica) Songer, Farnhamville, IA, Heather (Max) Roll, Minburn, IA, Cody Coghlan, Woodward, IA, 11 great grandchildren, sisters, Marilyn (Bill) Bishop, Lamar, CO, Shirley McHahan, and Vera (Ray) Mur, brother, Lyle (Barb) Songer.

John Songer

John Songer, 62, of Peoria passed away at 1:58 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.

He was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Peoria to Jesse Anderson and Evelyn (Albers) Songer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse; and one sister, Linda Savage.

Surviving are his mother, Evelyn Songer Smith; son, John A. Songer Jr.; four grandchildren; three sisters, Jan Harden, Carol (Bill) Akers and Julie (Mike) White; brother, Jesse Songer; nine nephews; one niece; several great-nieces and -nephews; and special friend, Derek Wolfe.

John formerly worked at Pizza Inn in Peoria.

He was a member of Riverside Community Church.

Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of life service will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1704 S. East Lane in Peoria. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Freda Songer

Freda Songer, 77, of 10 High Street, Orange, MA passed away at Parsons Hill Nursing and Rehab. Center in Worcester on April 23, 2012. Born on July 16, 1934 in Greenfield, she was a daughter of John Songer Sr. and Jessie May (Kimball) Songer. Freda enjoyed singing along to the oldies form the 50’s and 60’s, visiting and embroidery with close friends in the day program, watching westerns and putting together puzzles. Freda also loved her two dogs and her cat. Freda lived in Erving with her extended shared living family for 20 years. The past 12 years have been with her dear friend and caregiver, Doris Douglas. Survivors include her brothers, Laurence Songer, Denis Songer, Frank Songer and Sisters, Mildred Bianchi, and Clara Wesockes. Besides her father and mother who she loved very dearly, she was predeceased by her brothers, Ellsworth Songer, Maurice Songer, John Songer and Sisters Annie Songer, Jessie Songer and a special sister from her shared living home, Minnie Jean Slocum. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 11:00 am at South Cemetery in Orange with Pastor Victor Miller of the Erving Evangelical Congregational Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Erving Evangelical Congregational Church, 22 Sawin Lane, Erving, MA 01344, Attention Treasurer, Brandon Turner. Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, MA, is directing the arrangements.

Kim Yung Songer

Kim Yung Songer was born June 1959, in Seoul, South Korea, and died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, of natural causes. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Victoria Songer

Victoria Songer, age 89, passed away in Chowchilla, CA. She is survived by her 4 sons; 2 daughters; 17 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Visitation held 4/19 from 4-8pm at Lakewood (Riverside). Graveside held 4/20 at 10am at Lakewood (Peacevale).
SEP 25, 1922 - APR 13, 2012

Delbert Edward Songer

Delbert Edward Songer 83, passed away March 13, 2012 at home. Born March 29, 1928 in Marysville, CA.

Del was owner-operator of the family business, Harvey and Songer Wheel, Brake and Tire, established in 1969 until his retirement in 1991. Prior to and during those years, he was an independent owner- operator of logging and construction equipment.

He served in the Army National Guard from 1948-1952. He was a member of Peach Tree Golf and Country Club.

Being a shooting enthusiast, he was a member of NRA and active in Marysville Elks Lodge Trap Club, Oroville Trap League, Sacramento Trap League, Coon Creek and Timbuctoo Trap Shooters.

He enjoyed many RV trips with family and friends to California's North Coast, fishing and camping as well as the Sierra and adventures to Mexico.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, LaDonna R. Songer; three children: daughter, Susan Kathleen Jenkins (Edgar) of Citrus Heights; sons: Kirk Raymond Songer (Linda) of Live Oak, and James Michael Songer of Loma Rica; six grandchildren: Doreen Holden, Jennifer Rollins, Andy (Andrew), J.D., Joseph and Jonathan; and four great-grandchildren.

Delbert was preceded in death by his brother, Everal Albert Songer, Jr.

Del was a member of St. Joseph Church.

A Rosary will be recited on Tues., March 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Lipp and Sullivan Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wed., March 21, 2012 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church, 7th and C St. Marysville with Fr. Soane Kaniseli officiating and Fr. Godwin Xavier concelebrating. Burial will be at Sierra View Memorial Park, Olivehurst, CA.

LeeRoy "Roy" Songer

LeeRoy Roy Songer, 78, of the Hawbuck community of rural Danville, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2012, at his home.

He was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Danville to Leo and Ethel Crooks Songer.

Lee married Patricia Marie Johnson in 1951 in Danville. She passed away Dec. 22, 2010.

Survivors include four sons, Terry (Connie) Songer of Danville, LeeRoy (Donna) Songer of Indiana, Cris (Margaret) Songer of Sidell and Patrick (Amy) Songer of Danville; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Songer of Indiana; one sister, Rosemary Songer of Tilton; 15 grandchildren, Jamie English, Jessica Shoop, LeeRoy (Sarah) Songer III, Brandy (Mike) Jones, Colt Songer, Dalton Songer, Leo Songer, Adrian, Chelsey, Ashley, Wink, Mary, Jackie, Michelle and Gary; 23 great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Brian Bird of Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, George Songer and Bob Songer; and one grandson, Shawn Songer.

He served in the Army in 1954 and received the National Defense Service Medal.

LeeRoy was an excellent carpenter and was superintendent of construction for Edmonds Construction Company for several years.

He loved to travel and spend time with his family, sharing memories of the past. He will be sadly missed.

Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Morey Chapel Church of Christ, Dan Ziebart to officiate.

Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling arrangements.

Kenneth J. Songer

Kenneth J. Songer was born December 30, 1926, in Brookville. He was the son of Earl and Julia (Aaron) Songer.

For the last 19 years he lived with a special friend Sandra Hughes of Corsica, who survives.

For the last 18 years he managed Magee's Place in Corsica and until nine years ago had Corsica Gas Co. and before that had Sun Ray Gas and Oil Compnay of Brookville. He was a member of the Kahletown Community Church

Survivors include: One son, Lanny Songer (Gail) of Bradenton, Fla.; Two daughters Julia "Judy" Fergson (Don) of Ohio and Mary Lynn Rinni (Nick) of Ohio and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: Parents, two sons Joel and John Songer and three brothers Tom, Don, and John Songer. Visitation will be Friday, March 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kahletown Community Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kahletown Community Church with the Rev. Milton Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Corsica, Pa. Memorials may be made to the Kahletown Church. The McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville is in charge of the arrangements.

James L. Jim Songer

James L. Jim Songer, age 74, of Huntingburg, passed away at 10:50 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at The Waters of Huntingburg nursing center in Huntingburg.

He was born September 30, 1937 in Duff, Indiana to Hugo E. and Clarissa A. (Bretz) Songer. Mr. Songer retired from Kimball Office Furnitures Artec Division. He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ; he enjoyed watching I.U. Basketball and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball on the television, playing the guitar and listening to country music. He served in the United States Army from 1960-62. He was preceded in death by: one son, Kurt Songer; three sisters- Katherine Astrike, Janice Garrett and infant Betty Jean Songer; and one grandchild.

He is survived by:

His wife,

* Mary (Durcholz) Songer Huntingburg, IN

Two sons,

* Mike Songer Huntingburg, IN
* Keith Songer Huntingburg, IN Five daughters,

* Sharon Songer Ft. Wayne, IN
* Kathy Songer Huntingburg, IN
* Barbara Jochem Gibsonia, PA
* Ginger Lanham Ft. Myers, FL
* Linda Lish Jasper, IN

One brother,

* Hugo Songer Duff, IN

Three sisters,

* Judy Martindale Huntingburg, IN
* Mary Ann Whitsitt Duff, IN
* Carol Kieffner Huntingburg, IN

by (10) grandchildren and (6) great grandchildren.

Funeral services for James L. Jim Songer will be held at 11:00 a.m., E.S.T., on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Mayo Cemetery near Duff. The Rev. Tom Wade will officiate the services. The V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites.

Betty L. Songer

Betty L. Songer, 72, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 25, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, February 24, at the funeral home in Decatur. Burial will be at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, IL.

Betty was born on June 26, 1939, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of James L. and Edna Mae (Fleming) Atkins. She married Jerry Lloyd Songer on September 5, 1959, in Decatur.

Betty was a member of The Brethren Church of Cerro Gordo and a member of the Red Hat Society. She previously worked for Tatman Village in Monticello, IL.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Jerry of Cerro Gordo; children Steve (Cheryl) Songer of Cerro Gordo, IL, Mike (Becky) Songer of Cerro Gordo, IL, Teresa (Steve) Fraysure of Milmine, IL, Julie Cope of Merritt Island, FL, Jill (Troy) Dodson of Cerro Gordo, IL; grandchildren Matthew Fraysure, Jacob Songer, Alex Songer, Maddison Handley, Lanie Dodson, Mitchell Dodson, Emma Fraysure, Mia Dodson, Jaxon Cope; great-granddaughter Isabella Fraysure; siblings Mary (Bob) Perry of Maryland, Eddie (Marty) Atkins of Dalton City, IL, Janet Boys of Decatur, IL, and Tom (Mary Lou) Atkins of Argenta, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Mom will be remembered for her steadfast teaching, guidance, giving, and most importantly her love for her Heavenly Father and family.

Janice Songer

Janice Songer was born on February 23, 1940 and passed away on Friday, April 2, 2010. Janice was a resident of Huntingburg, Indiana.

Glen W. Songer

Glen W. Songer, 97, husband, Dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa died peacefully with family present on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indiana. Mr. Songer was born on February 16, 1915 in Duff, Indiana to Alfred and Florence (Campbell) Songer who along with a brother, Don and a sister, Teke preceded him in death. As a young man Glen, who most knew as Windy, went to Huntingburg High School where he played basketball and baseball. Mr. Songer served as president of the graduating class of 1933. He played baseball for the Huntingburg Merchants and was a semi-pro baseball player. An Army Air Corps veteran of WWII he served in Trinidad and Iwo Jima being discharged as a Sergeant.

After his return from the War, Glen began a life of public service. He was manager of the Huntingburg VFW for 1 year; deputy sheriff in Dubois County for two year; served 8 years as Patoka Township Trustee; 8 years as Dubois County Clerk; 8 years as Dubois County Auditor; 1 year as Director of Manpower for Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties; 1 year with the Indiana Department of Revenue; 12 years as 4th Ward City Councilman in Huntingburg and was still precinct committeeman at the time of his death. He and his wife Anna Mae also owned and operated Songers OK Grocery for 13 years.

During his time of public service he had the honor of meeting and working with numerous individuals who went on to serve as Congressmen, Senators, and Governors of Indiana. Although a lifelong Democrat by party, he always said after you are elected to office you work for the people and not the party. In 1963 after President Kennedys assassination Glen with Gordon St. Angelo, Ed Piper, and Don Hohl travelled overnight to reach DC to attend the Presidents funeral. As a county official he was instrumental in getting PERF (Public Employees Retirement Fund) started in Dubois County. Mr. Songer was made a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh in 1992. The honor was presented in a surprise ceremony at the Huntingburg City Park by Representative Richard Young.

Mr. Songer was a member of the K of C, YMI Club, VFW Post #2366, Holland American Legion, Holy Name Society and Serra Club. He also was a Eucharistic Minister and religious teacher for St. Marys Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

He is survived by:

His Wife of 66 years, Anna Mae (Griesinger) Songer of Huntingburg; Five Children Gwen Barnett(Jesse) of Evansville; Greg Songer(Marsha), Bill Songer(Julia), Joe Songer and John Songer all of Huntingburg; (15)

Grandchildren Jason Songer(Valerie), Jessica Hammond(Dan), Aaron Songer(Katie), Rachel Barnett(Stuart Davis), Mara Jochem(Kris), Lauren Songer, Dr. Adam Songer(Emme), Jeffrey Songer, Jacob Songer, Josh Songer, Hillary Songer, Andrew Songer, Drew Songer, Ian Songer, and Chloe Songer; (11) Great-grandchildren Davin Songer, Michaela Greer, Madison Songer, Jude Songer, Aidan Jochem, Madeline Songer, Brayden Songer, Prudence Hammond, Maci Songer, Breckin Jochem, and Tallulah Davis-Barnett.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., E.S.T., on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Huntingburg. The V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m., on Tuesday. A parish rosary prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday afternoon. The YMI Club will conduct a memorial service immediately following the rosary. Memorial contributions can be made to: St. Marys of the Visitation Catholic Church in Huntingburg, St. Meinrad School of Theology, Sisters of St. Benedict or your favorite charity.

Tommy Songer

Tommy Songer, 54, of Pikeville, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

He was preceded in death by parents Willis and Lila Mae Songer; sister Mary Dodson; and brother Clayburn Songer.

Survivors include two daughters Abby (Aldo) Martinez of Dunlap; Tabitha Songer of Dunlap; six grandchildren; three sisters Shelby Songer, Allene (Joseph) Songer and Audrey Carmack, all of Pikeville; several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, January 13 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. David Rogers officiating. Burial was in Rainey-Dill Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home of Pikeville.

John Patrick Songer Jr.

John Patrick Songer Jr., 20, of Washington, passed suddenly Saturday, December 31, 2011.

He was born December 14, 1991, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., son of John P. Songer Sr. and Gail Green Songer and beloved brother of Katie Songer.

He was a 2010 graduate of Trinity High School.

Mr. Songer enjoyed football, baseball and many other sports.

He was working as assistant warehouse manager for Songer Steel Services.

Mr. Songer was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Washington.

He was a beloved son, grandson and nephew to his large family.

Mr. Songer's greatest moments were spending time with his family.

Trinity graduate worked for Songer Steel Services

Surviving, in addition to his parents and sister, are his maternal grandparents, Walter and Judy Gee Green of Sapphire, N.C.; maternal aunts Carrie Green (Steve) Cirelli and Anita (Christopher) Green and cousins Tony Cirelli and Andrew and Alex Green; his paternal grandfather, Paul (Shelley) Songer; and aunts and uncles Paul and Barbara Songer, Linda and Eugene Fahey, Eugene and Cyndi Songer, Ann and Henry DeLong, Kathleen and Dennis Kelly, Maureen and James Witting, Elaine Reihner, Janice and Carlos Delahoz, Thomas and Cindy Songer, Kevin Songer and Randall Liebig, and Steven and Julie Songer. Dearest survivors who were like brothers and sisters to him were cousins P.J. (Tara) Songer, Jill (Eric) Schmitz, E.J., Shawn (Greta) and Mike Fahey, Katherine (Dustin) Chenney, Andrea and Matt Fargo, Elaine (Steve) Calvert, Eileen Nall, Elise King, Jake Haberthier III, Michele (Jared) Piatt, J.P. (Shannon), Marielle and Jaime Witting, Robert (Grace), Brian (Rachel), Brittany and Brooke Reihner, Bethany (Greg) Lesnock, Jennifer, Joseph (Zayber) and Janet Meneskie, Cyler, Cevin and Carlos Delahoz and Dustin, Cara and Shane Songer.

Deceased are his paternal grandparents, Dan and Eleanor Denman.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 5, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with the Rev. William P. Feeney as celebrant. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.


20-year-old dies in two-car wreck

By Christie Campbell, Staff writer, chriscam@observer-reporter.com

On the last day of the year Saturday, a 20-year-old man lost his life in a two-car accident on McKee Road outside Washington that sent two others to the hospital.

John P. Songer Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 p.m. by Washington County Coroner Tim Warco. Warco said Songer died of multiple injuries and ruled his death accidental.

Songer lives at 725 McKee Road and was heading north toward his residence about 2:40 p.m.

State police said he was traveling at a high speed when he lost control of his car. Police said the vehicle went off the right side of the road and then back across the southbound lane, striking a tree on the left side. Songer's vehicle then spun clockwise in the road and struck the passenger side of a car operated by Brian D. Rothermund, 48, of West Alexander. Rothermund was traveling south on McKee Road.

Songer's vehicle continued north, rolling into a utility pole and then rolling two more times before coming to rest facing east on the westbound berm.

The force of the accident caused the utility pole to fall into the center of the road, bringing down electrical lines and knocking out electrical service in the area.

The accident occurred between Boone and Prigg roads. McKee Road divides Buffalo and Canton townships.

Rothermund and a passenger in his car, Kelly Rothermund, 47, no address given, were transported to Washington Hospital. A nursing supervisor there said Brian Rothermund was treated and released. Kelly Rothermund was transported to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh by ambulance. The hospital there had no information on her.

State police Trooper Paul Martos said Songer and the Rothermunds were all wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Emergency crews at the scene had to wait for West Penn Power Co. to come and cut electricity to the lines before they could remove Songer's body from his vehicle.

Electrical service to homes in the area was lost, and one resident said she had been told it would be several hours before it was restored. West Penn Power closed off a portion of the road to replace the pole and lines.

Firefighters from Canton Township, Taylorstown and Claysville responded to the accident.

Sarah Songer-Smith

Sarah Songer-Smith, 31, passed away from cancer on December 28, 2011. She had been battling advanced stage Mesothelioma since its diagnosis in April of this year.

Sarah entered this world on July 19, 1980. She was born at home in Huntsville to Pat and Steve Songer. Sarah was one of six kids including, Casey, Jake, Jenny, Katie, and Emily. Her family loved her hilarious wit, her sincere love for others, her amazing talents, and her ability to connect with people including her adoring nieces and nephews.

On August 14, 2009 Sarah married her very best friend, Shaun Smith. They were deeply devoted to each other. Shaun was the love of Sarahs life and they inspired each other to live life to the fullest. Shaun was a loving and capable caregiver and we are so grateful for all the he did for her.

When Sarah married Shaun she became the step-mother to Rachel and Jack, two of the most adorable and likeable children there could be. They were her only focus when they were with her and she never passed up an opportunity to hug them or tell them how much she loved them. They loved and admired her very much.

Sarah had a strong, vibrant personality and she was driven by a sense of adventure and an excitement for life. She had a feisty spirit and was hilarious, charming, and stunningly gorgeous. She was also brilliant and incredibly talented in the arts. She was an amazing actress, writer, pianist, singer, and artist.

She was passionate about music. She taught herself the guitar and wrote her own songs which she performed at various engagements. It was awesome to hear her sing and always so fun to see the crowd of friends and extended family who would come to enjoy her music.

Sarah was kind and generous. She was willing to share or give anything she had to anyone in need. She made friends easily and enjoyed a close relationship with numerous loyal friends.

As a professional counselor, Sarah dedicated her life to helping troubled teens overcome life challenges.

She maintained her grace and delightful sense of humor until the very end. We love you, Sarah, and we will miss you so much.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Lindquists Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.

Curtis Herman "Buster" Songer

Curtis Herman "Buster" Songer, age 95, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, December 24, 2011. Curtis was born on March 5, 1916 to George and Ruby Songer in Fort Townsend, OK. He was the second of eleven children.

A teenager during the Great Depression, Curtis survived the dust bowl era in Oklahoma. He subsequently drove a city bus in Norman, OK, where he met and married Naomi White-Carter, his wife of 46 years. He later moved to Spokane, WA, where he worked in a factory as a sheet metal fabricator and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He retired there in 1981. After Naomi passed, Curtis returned to Norman at age 77. He later married his childhood sweetheart, Estell Potts-Smith, enjoying six years together before she passed. For the last three years he has lived with his son in Wexford, PA.

He is survived by his daughter, Mettie Bell Workun, his son, Curtis, his daughter-in-law, Martha, brothers Vester and Carol, sisters Dorothy and Vay, as well as ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.

Curtis will be remembered as a man of patience, a faithful and devoted husband, thoughtful and very industrious. He was a man of sacrificial service, constantly giving his time and effort to others.

Services will be held at the Primrose Funeral Service Chapel at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 4. Immediately following, he will be gently laid to rest beside his wife, Naomi, at the IOOF Cemetery in Norman. A reception will be held at Primrose Event Center at noon. All friends and family are welcome.

Peggy D. Songer

Peggy D. Songer, 59, of 1019 Glenwood Ave., died Dec. 5, 2011, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

She was born Sept. 29, 1952, in Ottumwa to Fred and Ruth Clark McClure. She married Gregory Songer on Jan. 6, 1978. A 1970 graduate of Cardinal High School, she had worked at the Koffee Kup and was employed at Everco Industries for 23 years.

Peggy enjoyed reading books, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband, Gregory; a son, Jeremy (Emily) Songer of Ottumwa; a stepson, Eric Songer of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Braydon and Hannalee Songer; two stepgrandchildren, Matthew and Gabriella; her mother and stepfather, Ruth and Don Smith of Agency; a sister, Deb (Randy) Knaak of Agency; three brothers, Mark McClure of Florida, Kevin (Beatty) McClure of Ill. and Bruce (Nancy) McClure of Agency; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred McClure.

Her body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with inurnment in McIntire Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present will be 6-8 p.m. this evening.

Memorials may be made to Hospice, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.

Bettie Lee Songer

Bettie Lee Songer was born on February 18, 1925 in Leesburg, VA and died at Bethany Manor, Story City, IA on December 3, 2011. Bettie attended school in Leesburg, where she was an exceptional student and a basketball star. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator and then attended what is now Eastern Nazarene University. She met her husband-to-be, Joseph R. (Joe) Songer of Charleston, WV, and they were married on September 4, 1948. They remained happily married for 63 years, raising six children. She graduated with a degree in biology and moved in 1951 to Greenbelt, MD, where Joe began a career working for the US Department of Agriculture. In 1959, she followed him to Ames, IA. After Joe's retirement from the National Animal Disease Center, Joe and Bettie traveled worldwide on Work and Witness tours, building schools and clinics in Africa and South America. Bettie lived for her children and grandchildren, and is survived by sons Glenn (Pam), Jeff (Kris), and Joel, and daughters Gretchen Partrich (Dan), Jenifer Bungert, and Heidi Eichorn (Jeff). In addition, she leaves behind 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She served as a sort of surrogate mother for many children, for whom she provided childcare over a period of decades. She was preceded in death by Joe, who passed just six weeks ago. Bettie is remembered well for her continual service to others, including those in rest homes, hospitals, and other forms of medical care. She suffered from dementia over the last years of her life, and is now at peace. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011, at the Ames Church of the Nazarene, South 2nd and Kellogg, Ames. The family suggests contributions to Doctors Without Borders in lieu of flowers.Arrangements under the direction of Stevens Memorial Chapel, Ames, IA.

Virginia Jean Helmheckel Songer

Virginia Jean Helmheckel Songer, 84, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, comforted by family and the wonderful, caring staff of St. Joseph Health Center.

Virginia was born March 19, 1927, in Brookville, Pa., the daughter of the late Clyde William and Anna Margaret Brocius Helmheckel.

Virginia graduated from Trumbull Business College. Her hobbies included painting and playing her organ, but her flower gardens brought her great pride and joy. She was also known for her extraordinary pies and homemade bread. She had a soft heart for animals, and her home was always a welcome sanctuary to any stray.

Born the sixth child of eight, she is survived by her youngest sister, Molly Margaret Johns of Fort Worth, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Norma Jean Helmheckel of Warren.

She was preceded in death by the following siblings: Eleanor Marilyn Lapsley, Betty Jane Van Steenberg, Blake Ellsworth Helmheckel, Julia Kathryn Ames, Patty Lucille Popson and Rita Annette Black.

Virginia leaves three children, Lanny (Gale) Songer of Brandon, Fla., Merry Lynne (Nick) Rini of Massillon and Julia (Donald) Ferguson of Champion, with whom she made her home.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Joel (Kathleen) Songer and Jonathan Songer.

Eight grandchildren survive Virginia: Angela (Robert) Kittle, Cheryl (Phillip) Crawford, Sean (Helen) Songer, Nicole Herron, Brian Songer, Steven Songer, Jo Rini and Amy Jo Songer. Virginia was great-grandmother to 12 and great-great-grandmother to one with another due in May.

She was Aunt Ginny to 29 nieces and nephews including Jennie, with whom she had a special bond.

Her family would like to say that although there will be no public services, no pen can write and no words can explain our loss. Time will take away the edge of grief but memories will turn back every leaf.

Brad Songer

Brad Songer, 31, of North Little Rock was born February 22, 1980 in Jacksonville, Arkansas and passed away on November 16, 2011 in North Little Rock. He was an avid Razorback fan but enjoyed all sports especially fishing. He also enjoyed listening to music but his favorite pass time was spending time with his nephews Caleb and Chase. He was a graduate of Camp Robinson Junior Boot camp and worked as a Cook at the Golden Corral, he was a Christian and enjoyed eating sweets and Mexican food and his favorite time of year was summer. He is survived by his father Christopher Songer of North Little Rock, his sister Christy M. Benton and her husband Steve of North Little Rock, his Grandmother Jewell Talley and nephews Caleb and Chase Benton; and his aunts, Cindy Copeland of Bryant Arkansas and Carol Hunter of Perryville Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his uncles; Tommy, Melvin and Larry Songer and also his best friend Aaron Cook.

Roger Allen Songer

Roger Allen Songer, 69, of Eagleville died Saturday.

He was a purchasing director for the former CPS Industries of Franklin. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro and a member of the Murfreesboro Masonic Lodge. He served as a former councilman for the town of Eagleville.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Songer; one daughter, Kimberly Renee Barranco of Smyrna; two sons, Geoffrey Allen Songer of Winchester and Patrick Curtis Songer of Eagleville; three brothers, Dan Songer of Paducah, Ky., Lewis Songer of Johnson City, and the Rev. Byron Songer of Louisville, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His parents were Hubert Daniel and Mildred Ives Songer.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bennett Cemetery near Eagleville with the Rev. Byron Songer officiating.

Dr. Joseph Richard Songer

Joseph Richard. Songer was born December 20, 1926 in Charleston, WV and died on Thursday, October 20, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ura Songer, and brothers Paul and Ronnie. Joe earned a BS degree in biology from what is now Eastern Nazarene University and an MS in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine from Iowa State. He spent his entire working career with the US Department of Agriculture, starting as a microbiologist and ending as Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames. He was a problem solver by nature and carried this into his work. Some of his innovations remain in use to this day.

Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bettie (Turner), his brother David (Dorothy) of Berkeley Springs, WV, his six children, Glenn (Pam) Songer, Heidi (Jeff) Eichorn, and Jenifer Bungert of Ames and Gretchen (Dan) Partrich of Olathe, Kansas, Jeff (Kris) Songer of Richmond, KY, and Joel Songer of Milwaukee, WI, 12 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Joe was fun-loving throughout his life, and was literally a friend to all. He enjoyed a good joke, the cornier the better. His acts of kindness toward those in need are legion, and a dominating characteristic of his life was Christian ministry. In retirement, he and Bettie participated in many work and witness trips, sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene, to South America and Africa, where they built clinics, churches, and housing.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Nazarene, South 2nd and Kellogg, in Ames. The family asks that, in lieu flowers, donations be made to Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org).

Stella Elizabeth (Songer) Good

Stella Elizabeth (Songer) Good, 93, was received into the arms of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville.

Stella was born Oct. 19, 1918, in Danville, the daughter of Vernon and Ida (Eggert) Songer. She married the love of her life, George McClellan Good, on June 26, 1938, in Danville. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1971.

Stella is survived by two daughters, Sandra Leonard of Danville and Peggy (Norman) Croucher of Kingman, Ind.; a son, John (Donna) Good of Benson, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, Joni (Carey) Cundiff and Lori (Scott) Haas of Oakwood, Joseph (Brandi) Leonard of Danville, Travis (Rosemary) Good of Tucson, Ariz., Debbie (Doug Meadows) Elliott of Covington, Ind., Robert (Crystal Pierce) Elliott of Danville, William (Pamela Davis) Elliott of Tilton, Melissa Good of Tucson, Beth Croucher and Kathy Croucher, both of Kingman and Keri (Ted Robertson) Croucher of Covington; 14 great-grandchildren, Summer (Aaron) Farris and Jordan (Amber) Cundiff of Danville, Ashley (Jake) Golden and Katelyn (Micheal) Palmer of Oakwood, Halee Leonard and Nicholas Leonard of Danville, Lena Good of Gulfport, Fla., Cierra Elliott of Danville, Mattie Croucher of Kingman, David (Carol) Mendez of Tucson, Cody Frost of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Harley Grubb of Tilton, Austin Croucher and Savannah Robertson of Covington; five great-great-grandchildren, Spencer Cundiff, Jacob Mendez, Bobby Mendez, Jacinda Mendez and Jesse Mendez, and more on the way; two sisters-in-law, Mary Songer and Mary Peterson, both of Danville; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; a stepmother, Mabel Songer; her husband, George; brothers, Russell Songer, Lloyd Songer, Donald Songer and Eugene Brandt; a sister, Helen Thornsbrough; and a son-in-law, Joseph Leonard.

Mrs. Good was a wonderful example of how to live a Christian life. She enjoyed collecting shoes, hats and mittens to send to those who needed them and was honored as a Commercial-News Christmas Angel. Stella crocheted, with love and prayers in every stitch, beautiful baby afghans for future generations and lap robes for local nursing home residents. For the past 13 years, Gram has proudly worked at the Dairy Barn daily, making all the dairy bars, nutty bars, ice cream sandwiches, drumsticks and banana pops. She loved all her customers and co-workers.

The greatest privilege in Stellas life was the honor of preparing The Lords Communion at South Side Church of Christ where she was a member for nearly 50 years.

Stella loved flowers and enjoyed working alongside her brother and sister-in-law at Songer Florist. She later worked helping doctors with research in the library at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center. She will be missed by all who knew her; and all who knew her learned by watching her live.

A celebration of Stellas life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at South Side Church of Christ, with visitation an hour before the service. Kevin Ziegler will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Danville. Rortvedt Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Songer

Helen Songer was Born July 4, 1930 she passed away on September 21, 2011 at the age of 81 after suffering a stroke on September 10. A native of Michigan and longtime resident of Sacramento, Helen was an art teacher in San Juan School District for over 30 years. She continued to learn, paint and share her talent and her humor until her passing.

She is survived by her daughter Kris Lawson, son Michael Songer, son-in-law Keith Lawson and four grandchildren; Christina Dalske, Patrick Lawson, Douglas Songer and Benjamin Lawson. Along with her friends and family, her treasured friends Monet and Rafael will miss her so, but Mike will assure clean litter boxes. Private services for scattering of ashes.

Darby Songer

Darby Songer was born on June 11, 1959, and passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. He is survived by his parents, Clarence and Jo Souza; his wife Alice; his son Patric; daughters Ginae and Kristen; step-sons, Jason and Jeffrey; brothers and sisters, Rodney, Howard, Gary, Mark, Lynn and Gail, and their spouses; several grandchildren; as well as many other family members and friends. Visitation will be held at Serenity Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at Belmont Memorial Park on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Eliese Songer

Eliese Songer, of Grandview, MO, died Sept. 26, 2011. Visit. 6-8 pm Thur. Sept. 29 at McGilley & George Funeral Home in Grandview. Graveside service 11:00 am Friday in Memorial Park Cemetery, KC MO. McGilley & George Funeral Home, 12913 Grandview Rd, Grandview, MO

Neal L. Songer

Neal L. Songer, 70, of Sidney died Sept. 17, 2011 at his home following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 12, 1941 in Edina, Mo., to Dallas Oliver and Gertrude Marie (Lewis) Songer. He married Doris Jean Hopkins on Aug. 23, 1963 in Knox City, Mo. He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and was a deputy sheriff in Fremont County for many years.

He was preceded by his brother-in-law Cleo Ratliff. He is survived by wife Doris Songer of Sidney; daughters Carrie Lynn Broniec and husband Matt of Columbia, Mo., and Tammy Isenhart of Des Moines; sons Tony Songer and wife Melody of Sidney and Ricky Songer and wife Terrie of Columbus, Miss.; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Zakarie, Tony, Jr., Faith, Shane, Montana, Haleigh, Jacob and Rachael; sister Barbara Ratliff of Edina; brother Davie Songer and wife Betty of Edina; numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

He enjoyed fishing, bluegrass festivals, coffee at Penn Drug, and finding great deals on ebay. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Husker football and Fox News. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and always had a faithful dog at his side.

Funeral services were Sept. 21 at Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney with Pastor Craig Eberly officiating.

Pallbearers were Steve MacDonald, Kevin Aistrope, Randy Jones, Randy Chapman, Eric Blevins, Jerry Richter, Tim Bothwell and Steve Owen.

Honorary pallbearers were Joshua Hopkins, Michael Keene, Zakarie Songer, Tony Songer, Jr., Shane Songer and Jacob Broniec.

Interment was at Sidney Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Sidney Rescue Squad.

Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Wyona Marguerite Songer

Wyona Marguerite Songer was surrounded by family when she passed away Sept. 9, 2011, at 5:35 a.m.

She was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Stewart, Ohio. She was the daughter of Lewis L. and Mary Ellen Moore, who preceded her in death. She married to Herbert L. Songer on May 15, 1948. He died on Feb. 3, 1994.

She is survived by three sons, Herb (Arlene) of Galion, Jim (Carolyn) of Galion and Bob (Jan) of Royalston, Mass.; five daughters, Charlene (Keith) Berry of Bucyrus, Marie Songer (Dennis Ream) of Galion, Cathy (Mark) Fike of Tiro, Lori Songer (Tom Steinmetz) of Bucyrus and Mendy (Bill) McNeely of Galion; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Songer of New Hampshire; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard L. Songer of New Hampshire; and three grandsons, Jeremiah J. Fike, Michael C. Fike and Andrew L. Ream.

Wyona graduated from Rome-Canaan High School and attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she studied music. She was a member of the Bucyrus United Methodist Church and loved playing bingo, cards and yahtzee, and watching birds and squirrels. She also served as a frequent soloist while a member of Stewart United Methodist Church during the late 1950s to 1967 when the family moved to Crawford County.

A memorial service will be held at Bucyrus United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 11th at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Don Kraps officiating.

A second memorial service will be held at the Stewart United Methodist Church, Stewart, Ohio, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. with Pastor Helen Kline officiating. Burial will be in the Carthage Cemetery, Guysville.

The family requests that memorials be made in the form of donations to the Crawford County Humane Society, American Heart Association or First United Methodist Church.

Marjorie M. Songer

Marjorie M. Songer 1918 - 2011 Marjorie Margretta (Wilkins) Songer was born September 30, 1918 to Lee S. and Belva Wilkins in Salida, Colorado.
Marjorie passed away peacefully after a brief illness at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, California on September 1, 2011.
Her son Michael was by her side. Marjorie married Harold Leslie Songer on September 22, 1942 in Wheatland, Wyoming. They had two children, Michael Lee, and Judith Kay.
Marjorie Songer attended college at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Wyoming where she graduated with a B.A. in Education. After her husband's death in 1948, she studied and became a registered radiology technician and later a registered laboratory technologist.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Belva Wilkins, her husband Harold L. Songer, her brother Cecil Wilkins, and her sister Jackie Miller.
She is survived by her daughter Judith K. McCord and her husband Brad of Newark, Delaware and her son Dr. Michael L. Songer of Bakersfield, California.
She was greatly loved by her grandchildren, Cari Warren (Darren) of Laramie, WY., Lacey Mercil (Tim) of Little Canada, MN., Rhett Songer of Denver, Co., Wendy Krieger of Wilmington, DE., and Todd Krieger (Lisa) of Landenberg, PA. Marjorie had twelve great-grandchildren, Tyler and Amanda Warren of Laramie, WY., Lindsay and Meri Krieger of Landenberg, PA., Aiden Krieger of Wilmington, DE., Dylan Songer of St. Louis, MO., Kayla, Aubrey, Jacob, and Victoria Hicks of Bakersfield, Ca and Marisol Nava also of Bakersfield, Ca., and Roeyn Songer of Eugene, OR.
Marjorie was an accomplished musician/violinist who had a deep enduring love of music in its many forms. She loved literature and was an avid reader throughout her long life. However, her greatest love was for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all of the other children she taught, tutored, or had contact with.
Grandma Marge will be greatly missed. At Marjorie's request there will be a family gathering later in September in Laramie, Wy. At that time, her ashes will be scattered in the hills above Sunrise, Wy., where she was raised and which she dearly loved.

Randall Wayne Songer

Randall Wayne Songer passed away August 28, 2011 at the age of 51. He was born March 7, 1960 in Lubbock, Texas to Kenneth and Helen Songer.

Randall is survived by his wife Donna Songer; two sons Daniel Wayne Songer and Jacob Randall Songer all of Aransas Pass, Texas; parents Kenneth and Helen Songer of Rising Star, Texas; sister Carrie Simmons of Eastland, Texas; nieces Kateland and Karley Simmons.

A memorial service will begin at 11:00a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home Chapel. 2003 W. Wheeler Aransas Pass, Texas 78336 1-800-428-2922


Henry Patterson Songer, also known as Pat to his family and Lefty to many of his friends, was born on November 1, 1937 in Buffalo, Wyoming to Roy and Mildred Songer. He grew up and went to school in Buffalo. As a young man, he heard the call of the military and joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. Although he served in many ports around the world, he had a special love for the far East. Henry served a tour of duty in Japan and one in the Philippines. He also served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was married in 1959 to Judy Shroyer and they were divorced in 1963. He was married to Marie Koblizk in 1963 and that ended in divorce in 1984. He was then married in 1990 to Sheila and she passed away in 1995. Henry retired from the Navy in 1976 after 21 years of service but he never lost the wanderlust the Navy had given him. For many years he criss-crossed the U.S. again and again, driving his big rig and later as a pilot car driver. Henry was well known in most truck stops around the country and remembered by all as the guy who would always drop a one-liner and leave them laughing. Henry shared his humor with everyone for the remainder of his days. Henry moved to Buffalo in 2006 where he continued to live until the time of his death.

Henry was a talented silversmith, engraver and leather worker and loved creating gifts for family and friends. He found his hobbies relaxing and rewarding and an expression of his artistry. Henry loved breakfast with his friends at Pistol Petes where he was a daily visitor. Henry was a friend to many across the world and will be greatly missed by countless numbers who may only have known him as Lefty , the truck driving joke guy.

He is survived by two sons, Russell Songer and his wife Rita of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Roy Songer and his wife Norma of Corpus Christy, Texas; three daughters, Renee Otto of Cushing, Wisconsin, Robin Munson of Buffalo, Wyoming and Pattie of the Philippines; two sisters, Betty Garland of Buffalo and Mary Burger of San Diego, California; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and his companion of many years Yannic Ingersol of Logan, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Henry Songer, 73 year old Buffalo resident who passed away quietly on Saturday at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo after a long illness, will be held Thursday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Russ Cahhall officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. The VFW and American Legion will be in charge of military graveside services.

Loretta G. Songer Radebaugh

Loretta G. Songer Radebaugh of El Cajon, CA.
September 8,1926- June 29,2011
Her Parents were the late William (Will) Songer and Myrtle Guy Songer. Her Brother is Leo Songer Arrangements under the direction of Greenwood Park, San Diego, CA.

Robert E. "Cowboy" Songer

Robert E. "Cowboy" Songer, age 54, beloved husband of Donna Parrish Songer, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Songer was born in Sumter, a son of Jeannine Hurst Mooney and the late John William Songer. He enjoyed playing darts, singing, and his Scottish heritage and games. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one brother, Mark Songer (Michelle) of Sumter; one sister, Brescia Mooney of Sumter; stepfather, Daniel Mooney of Sumter; one stepson, Christopher Smith of Hickory, N.C.; one grandchild, Talieasen Smith; one godson, Stephen Pitt; two stepbrothers, Daniel Mooney Jr. of San Francisco, Calif., and Richard Mooney of Sumter; two stepsisters, Malice Bennett and Cheryl Koreski (Richard), both of Manteca, Calif.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Davies.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with Jeffery Hurst officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Bullock Funeral Home and other times at the home.

William L. 'Bill' Songer

William L. 'Bill' Songer, 65, of Milwaukee, WI went home to be with the Lord on Monday June 20, 2011 after a 7 month long battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Linda of 46 years to cherish their memories; his 2 daughters DeAnn Wilke and Lisa Songer, two sons, Todd Songer, and William Songer IV, 5 grandchildren, Kevin Wilke (Heidi) , Brandon Wilke, Kaitlyn Wilke, Todd Songer Jr and Mya Songer, 3 great grandsons, Kevin Jr, Jacob and Jorden Wilke, other relatives, and friends.

He will be deeply missed.

Henry Songer

Henry Songer, age 62 of Pikeville, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.He attended Keener Hill Church of God. Henry was preceded in death by wife Rose Songer; son Steven Songer and father Earl Songer. Survivors include daughters Tamnmy Sullivan; Melissa (David) Parsons, both of Dunlap; son James Songer, Pikeville; eight grandchildren; one great-grand daughter; mother Ruby Songer, Pikeville; sisters Barbara (Jon) Daschke and Linda (George) Smith; brother Robert Songer all of Pikeville; several nieces and nephews. Service will be Thursday at 2:00 pm CDT in the funeral home chapel with Rev. H. B. Keener officiating. Burial Rainy-Dill Cemetery. Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy 127 South, Pikeville, TN.

Donald A. Songer

Donald A. Songer of Springdale, Ohio. Loving father of Terry, Tony, David, Kimberly and Chassity Songer; caring brother of Ethel Krebs, Marian Cox, Carl Jack Songer and Bonnie Engle. Mr. Songer worked for Jungle Jim's for over seven years. Died May 18, 2011 at age 77. Funeral services 12 Noon Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Full Gospel Church of God, 1502 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 where friends will be received from 11 AM until the time of service.

Anna F. Songer

Anna F. Songer, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2011 at the age of 77. She had lived in Colorado Springs for the past 38 years. Anna was born on February 15, 1934 in Mainz, Germany to Heinrich and Katharina Nater. She had survived many hardships and uncertain times as a child during World War II. She married Robert William Songer Jr. on May 28, 1963. They shared 48 wonderful years together.

Anna is survived by her loving husband, Robert, along with their three children, Ursula Rountree, Michael (Sherri) Songer and Brian (Beth) Songer. She also had three grandchildren, Eddie, Bernie and Malissa along with two great grandchildren. Anna will be greatly missed, she was a devoted wife and mother.

Gerald Eugene Songer

Gerald Eugene Songer, 71, formally of North Miami, FL, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Willow Bend in Muncie, IN.

Jerry was born on February 2, 1940 in Swiss, WV to the late Frank Huess and Myrtle Louise (Grose) Songer. Jerry is a 1958 graduate of Royerton High School.

Jerry attended Ball State University before earning his Tool & Die Journayman. Jerry was employed with Chevy for eleven years in Muncie before moving to North Miami and opening his own shop, G.B.S. Tool & Machine. He owned and operated G.B.S. for twenty-five plus years before retiring in 2005. Jerry loved Florida and all it had to offer. He also loved watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and attending one of the summer and/or winter family reunions.

Jerry is survived by his loving children, Richard Brian Songer (wife, Patricia), Robert Bradley Songer (wife, Starlet) and Geraldine Jana Deanne 'Tina' Folsom (husband, Kent) all of Muncie; siblings, Don Songer (wife, Norma), Ruth Tomey (husband, Wayne), Cathy Fancil (husband, Jim), Lois Christian (husband, Harold), Johnny Songer (wife, Kris); Burma Massengale (the late Michael), Sam Songer (wife, Bonni Jo), Robert Songer and Rhonda Clubs; six grandchildren, Joe Songer, Josh Songer, Randy Randolph, Amanda Gaehring, Sean Folsom and Travis Folsom; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Brady Randolph; step-mother, Rosalie Songer; cousin, Cecil Ray Thomas and several more cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Laura Mae Adams and Emma Jean Overstreet and brother, Larry Songer.

The funeral service will be on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Garden View Funeral Home, 10501 N. State Rd. 3, Muncie.

If you would like to sign the online guest book, send condolences to the family, and/or watch Jerry's video tribute you may do so by visiting http://www.gardenviewandgardensofmemory.com.

The Star Press
Muncie, IN

Jack L. Songer May 5, 1930 April 8, 2011

Jack Leonard Songer, 80, of Anderson, Indiana died April 8, 2011, at Community Northview Care Center, following an extended illness.

He was born May 5, 1930, in Anderson, Ind., to Leslie Von Songer and Rosa (Little) Songer-Gooding.

Jack was a veteran who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He was employed as a licensed mechanic by General Motors for 37 years.

Survivors include his son, Terry (Melinda) Songer of Moore, Okla.; his daughter, Tamara Songer of Anderson; three sisters, Jenny Frazier of Frankton, Bonnie Etsler of Anderson, and Rosetta (Jim) Downing of Marion; two brothers-in-law, Harold Dalton and Robert H. Dalton; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Singer and Faye Harmon; five grandchildren, Jason (Lyndee) Songer, Justin (Haiah) Songer, Jeffrey Songer, Jared Songer, and Jarryl Songer; two great-grandchildren, Avriella Songer and Bryce Songer; and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Songer; father, Leslie Von Songer; mother, Rosa Songer-Gooding; brother, Joe Songer; and stepfather, Clifford Gooding.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the wonderful staff at Community Northview Care Center and Southern Care Hospice, his nieces, Peggy Trueblood and Vicki Scott; his brothers-in-law, Harold Dalton and Robert Dalton; and his pastor, Mark Diemer of Alexandria Church of the Nazarene, for their loving care and kindness.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service, 229 S. Rangeline Road, Anderson, officiated by Pastor Mark Diemer. Burial will take place at East Maplewood Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 266 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Alexandria Church of the Nazarene and/or Southern Care Hospice.

The Herald Bulletin Mon Apr 11, 2011

Linda S. Easley-Songer

Linda S. Easley-Songer, 58, of Fairview Heights, Ill., born Aug. 10, 1952, loving wife, mother and grandmother died on Monday, April 4, 2011 at her residence.

Linda worked as a legal assistant for Armstrong and Teasdale Law Firm for 10 years. She loved spending time with her family going on motorcycle rides and NASCAR. Linda would go all out on holidays.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter J. and Mrytle R., nee Holman, Mitchell; and two sisters, Norma DeMoss and Brenda Hunter.

Surviving are her husband, Mike Songer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; her children, Walter C. (LeeAnn) Mitchell of Belleville, Ill., Greg A. (Lisa) Mitchell of Belleville, Ill., and Keri Mitchell of Fairview Heights, Ill.; her grandchildren, Walter C. Mitchell Jr., Gabrielle Mitchell and Allison Mitchell and Zane Michael Gibson Price; her brothers and sisters, Shirley Maynard of Dupo, Ill., Betty Gergen of Belleville, Ill., Roberta Shelton of Belleville, Ill., Leonard Mitchell of Collinsville, Ill., Rosalie Crowder of Collinsville, Ill., Pam Majors of Godfrey, Ill., Larry Mitchell of Mitchell, Ill., and Bob Mitchell of Elizabethtown, Ill.; and a dear friend, Anita Hanes of St. James, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Kassly Mortuary Chapel, Fairview Heights, Ill.

KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Jodi Ann Liebnow Songer

Jodi Ann Liebnow Songer, age 43, of Wolsey, South Dakota, died Sunday, September 26, 2010, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. Her funeral service was at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 2nd at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Wolsey, with Rev. L. Scott Spiehs officiating. Burial was in the St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Jodi Ann Liebnow was born April 17, 1967, at Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jodi grew up in the Wolsey area and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1986. She attended Huron University for one year, and then graduated from the cosmetology program at Lake Area Vo-Tech at Watertown. Jodi worked at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls for several years. Jodi later worked in housekeeping at Huron Nursing Home and SunQuest Health Care Center.

On June 4, 1994, Jodi married Don Songer at Wolsey, South Dakota.

Jodi loved going to the stock car races. She enjoyed collecting holstein cow figurines.

She was preceded in death by infant brother, Roger David and her grandparents.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Donald Songer; one son, Blaine Liebnow; two daughters, Brianna and Nikkita Songer; her parents, Herschel and Doris Liebnow of Wolsey; two brothers, Ronald (Carol) Liebnow of Huron and Rodney (Christy) Liebnow of Wolsey; and one sister, Joyce (Dan) Shudak of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

Jodi is also survived by her father-in-law, Melvin Songer of Huron; mother-in-law, Rose (Keith) Songer of Huron; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane (Ruth) Songer, Darrell (Kari) Songer, Doug Songer, Brian (Tonya Peterson) Songer and Vickie Songer all of Huron, Tim Songer of Springfield, David (Joni) Tracy of Norfolk, Nebraska, Charlotta Schaffer of Riverton, Wyoming, and Carolyn (Kurt) Wallace of Arlington.

Robert B. Songer

Robert B. Songer, age 80, of Peoria, IL passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 12:20 p.m. at his residence.

He was born May 21, 1930, in Maywood, IL., to William and Leona (Stevens) Songer. He married Lela Jean Shehan on Feb. 18, 1961, in Peoria. She passed away May 5, 2009, in Peoria.

He was also preceded in death by one twin brother at birth, Billy Songer.

Survivors include one son, William Doug Songer of Tampa Bay, Fla.; one daughter, Karen (Shane) Kelley of Chillicothe; and two grandchildren, Alyson Songer of Tampa Bay, Fla., and Ryan Kelley of Chillicothe.

Bob was a Korean War Marine and Army veteran.

He graduated from Bradley University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science. While he was at Bradley, he was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity and was senior prom king in 1953.

Bob worked at American Family Insurance for 25 years, retiring as a casualty claims specialist in 1997.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, IL with military honors.


Helen Mae Songer

Helen Mae Songer was born September 13, 1918 in Vancouver, B.C. to her parents Charles W. & Margaret H. (Heffring) Songer.

She lived and went to school at an early age in the Silverton/Mt Angel area. Later she moved to Salem, then to Portland where she worked for KOIN and the OR Dairy Council. She was active in the Electrical Womens Association and Rotana, as well as a member of St Stephens Parish.

Helen resided most recently at Deerfield Village in Milwaukie, Oregon where she died March 9, 2011.

She is survived by her nephews Tom and Dan Foeller, and her nieces Sue Wallace and Diane Miller and numerous great & great-great nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be placed with St. Stephens Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214, 503-234-5019.

Richard L. Songer

Richard L. Songer, 62, died March 10, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Athens, Ohio, March 10, 1949, son of Wyona (Moore) Songer of Bucyrus, Ohio, and the late Herbert L. Songer.

He resided in Milford for the past 11 years and formerly resided in Wilton for four years, Lyndeborough for a number of years and also in New Ipswich. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War and was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.

An educator for most of his life, he had worked as a teacher with the GED program at the N.H. State Women's Prison in Goffstown, where he also re-established the horticultural program. He later was employed at Southern New Hampshire University and was instrumental in the online education program until his retirement.

In addition of his mother, family members include his wife of 39 years, Brenda G. (Corda) Songer of Milford; a daughter, Nabia Fortier of Merrimack; a son, Colin Songer of Merrimack; five sisters, Charlene Berry and Lori Songer, both of Bucyrus, Ohio, Marie Songer and Mendy McNeely, both of Galion, Ohio, and Cathy Fike of Tiro, Ohio; three brothers, Herbert L. Songer, Jr. and James Songer, both of Galion, Ohio and Robert Songer of Royalston, Mass.; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

IN HIS LIFE: Mr. Songer enjoyed fishing, boating, wildlife, reading and visits to the ocean. He most especially loved spending time with his family and his dogs. He was known by many of his friends and colleagues as MCJED.

Family members also include son-in-law Keith Fortier of Merrimack; Valerie Greene of Merrimack; and grandson Jaxon Richard Songer.

SERVICES: Memorial visiting hours are Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, 545 Route 101, Bedford 03110. Arrangements are in care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, Ohio

Barbara (Bobbie) Songer Peer

Barbara (Bobbie) Peer, 87, of Brighton, Colorado passed away on March 7, 2011. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Aug. 20, 1923 to Albert Songer and Edna Dick Songer. She graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 1941 and later married Wayne Peer on June 22, 1946 in Greeley.

Bobbie worked at Mor-Value Stamp store in Brighton for a few years to help offset the cost of college for her children. She then helped operate the Brighton Federal Savings & Loan bank from 1967-1985 as a teller and loan officer. She was a member of the Brighton United Methodist Church.

She worked as a volunteer at Platte Valley Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, Brighton United Methodist Church, and the Brighton Senior Center, where she helped navigate the bus for her husband, Wayne, for field trips. She loved playing cards with her friends for many years and loved the social aspect of getting together with friends and family. Bobbie was a loving wife, mother and especially grandmother who nurtured and loved her grandchildren.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Wayne Peer, of Brighton; daughter, Sherry Peer of Brandon, S.D.; son, Roger (Kathy) Peer of Brighton; sister, Virginia Turner, of Cheyenne, WY; four grandchildren, Kim, Brad, Dale and Holly.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Brighton United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation, 1600 Prairie Center Pkwy., Brighton, Colo 80601 or to Agape Healthcare Foundation, 6041 S. Syracuse Way, Greenwood Village, Colo 80111.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Ronald R. Songer

Ronald R. Songer, 74 Dec. 22, 1936 - Feb. 10, 2011 MISHAWAKA IN. - Ronald passed away on Thursday in Hospice House. Ronald is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Kolat); a daughter, Victoria L. (James) Kelly of Tampa, FL, two grandchildren, Shaylynn Ruzbasan and Blaine Radford and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Kayden. Ronald was a member of Twin City Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Bubb Funeral Chapel 3910 N. Main Street, where funeral services will take place on Monday at 2 p.m.

Manda Anne Songer

Manda Anne Songer, 89, of Foley, died Dec. 25, 2010 in Foley.
She was a member of Swift Presbyterian Church and a past Eastern Star member.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James O. Songer.
Survivors include a sister, Mary Elizabeth Switzer of Evansville,Ind.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at Swift Presbyterian Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cason Funeral Service, Foley.

Ray Songer

Ray Songer, 77, of Pikeville, Tn., died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.
He was a retired school bus driver for Bledsoe County.
Ray was preceded in death by wife, Virgie Songer; parents, Dave and Nancy Songer; and brother, Lester Songer.
Survivors include daughter, Carolyn (John) Kimbel, Kingston; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial will be Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Cagle Cemetery at 11 a.m. CST.
Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home.

Floyd A. Songer

Floyd A. Songer, 86, passed away at Sheridan Memorial Hospital after a number of illnesses.

Floyd was born to Edith (Fordyce) and Floyd Songer, Sr. on October 13, 1924 in Buffalo, Wyoming. He was raised and went to school in Big Horn living alternately with his Grandmother and other families. He graduated from high school in 1942 and enlisted in the US Army. After completing basic training he spent time in California as an Artillery Trainer and then attended Officer Candidate School, graduating in 1943. He saw action in the South Pacific and then later was assigned to duties with Occupation Forces in Japan. He was discharged in 1946 as a Second Lieutenant and obtained the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves. In 1946 he met Agnes Ballek marrying her in 1949. Together they raised 4 children. In 1949 he began his sales career with Scales Motor Inc., which later became Cook Ford Sales. He compiled an outstanding sales career spanning 61 years. Accomplishments included the 40 Year Distinguished Service Award from Ford Motor Company, and the longest standing Sales Consultant in the nation; under one Ford franchise and consistent ranking as one of the top fifty Sales Consultants in Fords Denver District. By the end his sales career he had sold in excess of 15,000 vehicles. Later he became the Training Coordinator and Public Relations Officer with Freemont Motor. Health issues forced him to stop working in 2007 at the age of 83. He devoted a great deal of his time to various community organizations and activities; serving as American Legion Post Commander and then as Athletic Officer for 12 years. He was active in the American Legion Baseball Program and the Web Wright Little League Baseball program and spent several years as announcer for the Legion Baseball games. Floyd spent 54 years as a member of the Lions Club, serving as Chapter President, Zone Chairman, and received the Outstanding Lion of The Year Award. Floyd also devoted time to the American Junior Bowling Program. In 1963 he served as Chairman for the Sheridan County Diamond Jubilee Celebration. In 1980 he was named as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Wyoming Association of Life Underwriters. He volunteered time with the Sheridan Athletic Association and has been an Elks Club member for 47 years.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Agnes Songer; 4 children Diana Nipps (Jim) and her daughters Christie Lee (Dale) of Sheridan, Jennifer Castro (Charlie) of Fontana, CA; Dan Songer (Vicky)of Gilbert, AZ and his daughter Heather Songer of Puyallup, WA; Dennis Songer and his sons Dustin (Karine), Dalton of Sheridan and daughter Samantha Songer of Casper, WY; Don Songer and his daughters Chelsie Songer and Alicia Sorensen all of Sheridan and 2 great grand-daughters Mariah Castro and Alexis Barrett; one brother Gene Songer of Sheridan and one sister Lorraine Burgess of Eugene, OR and half-brother David Pettibone of Evanston, WY and half-sister Jean Peyser of Thayer, MO and step-brother Bernard Sere (Barb) of Sheridan. Floyd was preceded in death by one brother, John Songer of La Crescent, MN and sisters, Beverly Savage of Lake Havasu, AZ and LaVaughn Songer.

A viewing will be held Friday (January 21, 2011) from 11:00am until 7:00pm at Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Funeral liturgy will be held at 10:00am on Saturday from Holy Name Catholic Church. Interment will be in Sheridan Elks Cemetery. Military rites are by the American Legion and Wyo. National Guard. A reception will follow the internment at the Holy Name Parish Hall. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.

Joyce E. (Songer) Brilbeck

Joyce E. (Songer) Brilbeck January 8, 2011 Joyce E. (Songer) Brilbeck, 77, of East Syracuse, passed away Saturday at home unexpectedly with her family by her side. Born in Syracuse, she was employed with Verizon for over 30 years, retiring in 1996. Our loving mother was an avid reader and golfer who loved to travel. She made yearly trips to Las Vegas with her children for the past 25 years. She was predeceased by her son, Richard Brilbeck in 1994 and her sister, Theresa George. Joyce is survived by her son, David L. Brilbeck of E. Syracuse; three daughters, Denise (Mark) Sembrat of Liverpool, Susan (Thomas) Geruso of N. Syracuse and Bridget (Kevin) Greene of Idaho; six grandchildren, Stephanie and Brittany Sembrat, Lauren and Rachel Geruso, Patrick and Kerry Greene; a brother, Leonard (Sunny) Songer; two sisters, Kay (Joseph) Logan and Linda Mooney; also many nieces and nephews.

Donna Rae Songer

Donna Rae Songer, 63 of Kansas City, Missouri lost her fight with cancer on December 01, 2010. Visitation will be held on December 6 from 6-8pm. Funeral service on December 7 at 11am at Maple Hill Funeral Home 6600 Shawnee Drive Kansas City, KS 66106. Memorial Contributions may be made to a scholarship fund setup for Donna's grandchildren through Academy Bank (Bank Midwest), 8551 North Boardwalk Ave Kansas City, MO 64154 c/o Jennifer or Angela Songer. She spent her last days at home surrounded by her loved ones. Donna enjoyed gardening, baking, spending her time with family and enriching the lives of everyone who knew her. The opportunity to embrace her new granddaughter was one of her greatest joys. Her memory will live on in the lives of those she loved and touched. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Songer, her parents David and Helen Blew, two brothers David and Gordan Blew, one sister Mary Bunce and one nephew Travis Ramsey. She was survived by one sister Kay Ramsey of independence, MO. Two brothers Ronald Blew of Kansas City, KS and Doug Blew of Independence, MO; three daughters, Kim, Angie and Jennifer Songer all of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter Lyla Mackie and many friends.

Roberta E. Songer

Roberta Ellsworth Songer, 78, daughter of Ellsworth Emmanuel and Ruth Evelyn Songer died on Dec. 29, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn.
She is survived by her seven children Dailey Dunn of Spartanburg, S.C., Kimball Hogan of Duxbury, Mass., Coffey Smith of Bridgeport, Neb., Brindley Dane of Stockton, N.J., Casey Jones of Adams, Mass., Keyes Clemmer of Rye, N.Y., and Connell Dahl of Orange, Mass.; 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is further survived by her brothers David and Kenneth Songer, her sister Karen Ellsworth and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a person died: ''Did he have passion?'' She did!
Memorial service to be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 92 Colrain Road, Greenfield, Mass., on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Roberta Songer Fund at the Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., Orange MA 01364.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.

Justin Ryan Songer (1984 - 2010)

Justin Ryan Songer, 25, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Monday in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Survivors: Justin is survived by his son, Jacob Songer; mother, Melissa, and stepfather, Scott Harrison; brother, Colton Harrison; half-brothers, Michael, Shawn and David; half-sister, Brandy; grandparents, Velda Songer and Paula Harrison; a host of aunts and uncles; and numerous family and friends.

Arlington police say that it appears a man shot his adult grandson and then himself Sunday afternoon 12/26/2010.
Police said Monday that the men were found at about 2 p.m. Sunday on the ground outside of a car along the 4900 block of Eden Road.
Based on witnesses and evidence at the scene, police said David Songer, 74, shot his grandson, 26-year-old Justin Songer before turning the gun on himself.
The elder Songer was found dead at the scene. Justin was first taken to the Medical Center of Arlington and later transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he died.
Police continue to investigate what led to the shooting.
Justin Songer's death is the 13th homicide in Arlington this year.

David A. Songer (1936 - 2010)

David A. Songer, 74, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. Service: 12:30 p.m. Monday in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Land Funeral Home. David was born Dec. 9, 1936, in Fort Worth to James D. and Lena Mae Songer. Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife, Velda of Burleson; son, Loring Songer of Burleson; daughters, Dee Songer of Burleson, Melissa Harrison of Arlington; grandchildren, Andrew, Amber and Colton; great-grandchildren, Jaidyn and Jake; brothers, Jimmie and George Songer; sisters, Rae Ann and husband, Raymond McKittrick, and Peggy and husband, Walter Clements.

Patricia Maria Songer

Patricia Maria Songer, 74, of Hawbuck, passed away at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at home.
She was born March 4, 1936, in Westville, to William C. and Gladys Johnson. She married Roy Songer on Oct. 20, 1951, in Danville, he survives.
Other survivors include four sons, Terry (Connie) Songer, Lee (Donna) Songer, Cris (Margret) Songer, and Patrick (Amy) Songer; one daughter, Brenda; two sisters, Alberts (Joe) Jones, Wanda (Joe) Barney; her grandchildren, Jamie, Jessica, Roy, Adrian, Chelsey, Ashley, Brandy, Colt, Dalton, Leo; and special nephew and nieces Brian, Kealey, and Susy; and 11 great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Rosemary Songer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Edna, and grandson Shawn.
Patricia was an artist and writer, she enjoyed painting, gardening, reading, photography, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family. Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Robison Chapel in Catlin.

Beverly Jean Donovan Savage

June 17, 1926 – Dec. 11, 2010

Beverly passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2010, with her loving family by her side.

Beverly was a long-time resident of Lake Havasu City and a very active member of the community. She was also a local business owner and lived her life through her bars and restaurants. There has never been a person she has met that wasn’t instantly a friend for life. She was always concerned for others over herself and would make a party out of any event possible. She was truly an entertainer at heart.

Beverly is survived by her sister, Lorraine Burgess; brothers, Floyd and Gene Songer; grandson, Rich Epps; granddaughter, Stephanie Engelhart; and great grandchildren, Richie Epps, Trevor Epps, and Lauren Hall as well as many loved nieces and nephews and countless friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Floyd and Edith Songer; brother, John Songer; daughter, Barbara Engelhart; grandson, Ron Hall; and husband, Clyde “Doc” Savage.

A celebration of life, or “party” in her own words, will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 29, 2011, at the Quality Inn Hotel.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Hospice of Havasu in Beverly’s name.


Workers, patrons bid the Stardust a fond farewell

Retiree Beverly Savage, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., attended the Stardust's debut in 1958.

Then a buyer for a Seattle department store, she and her co-workers were flying home from New York when they took a detour to Las Vegas. The Stardust opened while Savage and her cohorts were in town, and they stopped by to scope out the scene and do some gambling. "We had so much fun, we almost missed our plane," she said.

Savage was more maudlin as she played multidenominational slots Tuesday afternoon inside the Stardust's front entrance.

"I'm very sad. It's a nostalgic thing," said Savage, who stayed at the hotel Sunday through Wednesday. "It has a camaraderie. The people are friendly, and it's a warm place that makes you feel welcome."

John B. Songer

John B. Songer 87, of La Crosse, Wyoming passed away at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center in La Crosse, Wyoming on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

He was born in Buffalo, Wyo., on June 29, 1922, to Floyd and Edith (Fordyce) Songer Sr. He had worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937 until 1939. John had proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting in 1940 and serving in Troop B of the 115th Cavalry Division. He later served and was injured during his tour of duty with the Army as a field artilleryman in the Philippines. John also served another tour in Korea and later ended his Army duty with Battery A of the 465th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort McCoy and received an Honorable Discharge in 1951.

On June 2, 1951, he married the love of his life, Maxine, in Caledonia, Minn.

Later in life, John was an avid league bowler for many years, and loved trout fishing and golfing with family and friends. He was also a great fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Spending time with grandkids and greatgrandkids was very important to him and he enjoyed a special, close relationship with his grandson Jason.

For 25 years John worked for Cargill Heating as a service technician. Many families would continue to call and request his services even following his retirement.

Thoughts of his kind, generous nature and love for all his family and friends will be with us always. He generally charmed everyone he met.

In addition to Maxine, his wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons, Jeff Songer and his wife Kathy of La Crescent and Gary Songer of Chaska, Minn., three grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Josh, Jason and Alexis; two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Austin; two sisters, Lorraine Burgess of Eugene, Ore., and Beverly Savage of Lake Havasu, Ariz., two brothers, Floyd Songer Jr. and his wife Agnes and Gene Songer, both of Sheridan, Wyo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Lavaughn.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. Pastor Michael Woods will officiate. Military rites will be provided by Gittens Leidel American Legion Post 595 of La Crescent. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Friends may call on the family Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. Visitation will also be held on Friday at the church from 12:30 p.m. until time of services.

Online condolences may be offered at www.schumacher-kish.com

Vivian Songer

ARGENTA - Vivian Songer, 92, Argenta, died Friday (Dec. 24, 2010). Arrangements incomplete: Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur.
Published in Decatur Herald & Review on December 26, 2010

Patricia Songer

DANVILLE Patricia M. Songer, 74, of Danville died at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 22, 2010) at home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Robison Chapel, 103 Douglas St., Catlin.

Clyde L. Songer

Clyde L. Songer, 88, of Newton, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 3, 2010 at the Crain Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Pearce officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010 at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be given at 7:45 p.m., Thursday, by the Newton Masonic Lodge No. 216. Burial will be in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newton, with military rites by Jasper Post No. 20 of the American Legion.

Carol A. Songer

Carol A. Songer, 63, of Rock Falls, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford.
Carol was born March 7, 1947, in Sterling, the daughter of Arthur and Carol (Dravenstot) Brill. She married Thomas Songer in 1977 in Cairo, and was a homemaker. She loved spending time with family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid Christian, attending many different churches in the area. She never forgot a name or a birthday. Family gatherings were her favorite, and she was always the life of the party and always had good stories to tell. She will be loved and missed and never forgotten.
Survivors include one son, Kevin (Carla) Henson of Rock Falls; one brother, Larry (Donna) Brill of Rock Falls; three granddaughters, Angie Davis, Ashley (Joel) Ordean, and Kayla Henson; two great-grandchildren, Carmindy Ordean and Jevin Ordean; three nephews, Larry Brill, Brian Brill, and Arthur Brill; and two nieces, Laura Brill and Debbie Brill.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one brother, Arthur Brill.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Reba L. Songer

Reba L. Songer, 82, of the Lakeview Community, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at her residence.
She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and Rossville area where she was a member of the Newnan Springs UMC. While attending Newnan Springs UMC, she was a kindergarten Sunday School teacher and choir member.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Leffew; parents, George and Bertha LaDuke; and four sisters.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Paul Songer; four children, Paul (Karen) Songer of Rossville, Terry (Betty Jo) Songer of Plains, Ga., Barbara Byrd of Ft. Oglethorpe, and Michele (Lynn) Long of Boynton, Ga.; brother, James LaDuke of Hixson; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, at noon in the South Crest Chapel with Reverend Mike Lowery officiating. Interment will follow in the Lakewood South Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 4-6 and 7-9 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville.

Gwendolyn (Songer) Nickle

Gwendolyn Nickle, 91, of Dana, Indiana, died at 12:55 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, in Union Hospital at Clinton, Indiana.
She was born Feb. 12, 1919 in Cayuga, Indiana, to the late Ottie Songer and the late Laura Clawson Songer. She married J.D. Nickle on Oct. 9, 1938 in Montezuma, Indiana. He died March 18, 2006.
Survivors include one son, Dean Nickle of Dana, Indiana; one daughter, Marsha (Kenneth) Nickles of Dana, Indiana; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Lorraine J. Songer

Lorraine J. Songer, 85, longtime resident of Glenview, IL; sister of the late Clarence Silarski; daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine Silarski. Graduate of Rosary College and Loyola University. Ms. Songer was an operating room nurse prior to becoming a social worker for United Way, visiting and inspecting nursing homes. Memorial service Friday, October 8, 10 a.m. 2010 at Holy Family Nursing Center Chapel, 2380 E. Dempster Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Inurnment All Saints Cemetery.

Jodi Ann Liebnow Songer

Jodi Ann Liebnow Songer, 43, of Wolsey, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Huron Region-al Medical Center.

Her funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey with the Rev. L. Scott Spiehs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kuhler Funeral Home with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. and a devotional service at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kuhlerfuneralhome.com.

Jodi Ann Liebnow was born April 17, 1967, at Minneapolis. She grew up in the Wolsey area and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1986. She attended Huron University for one year and graduated from the cosmetology program at Lake Area Vo-Tech at Watertown.

She worked at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls for several years then worked in housekeeping at Huron Nursing Home and SunQuest Healthcare Center.

On June 4, 1994, she married Don Songer at Wolsey. She loved going to the stock car races. She enjoyed collecting Holstein cow figurines.

She is survived by her husband; a son, Blaine Liebnow; two daughters, Brianna and Nikkita Songer; her parents, Herschel and Doris Liebnow of Wolsey; two brothers, Ronald (Carol) of Huron and Rodney (Christy) of Wolsey; a sister, Joyce (Dan) Shudak of Yankton; father-in-law, Melvin Songer of Huron; mother-in-law, Rose (Keith) Songer of Huron; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Duane (Ruth) Songer, Darrell (Kari) Songer, Doug Songer, Brian (Tonya Peterson) Songer and Vickie Songer, all of Huron, Tim Songer of Springfield, David (Joni) Tracy of Norfolk, Neb., Charlotta Schaffer of Riverton, Wyo., and Carolyn (Kurt) Wallace of Arlington.

She was preceded in death by infant brother, Roger; and her grandparents.


Sean Michael Songer

Sean Songer passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2010.

Ector-Cremation rites for Sean Michael Songer age 28, of Ector, TX have been made with Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham, TX.

Sean was born in Dallas, TX on September 12, 1982. He attended Sam Rayburn School, and was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by his daughter-Taylor Michelle Songer of Wylie; mother- Debra Compton and husband Danny of Ector; sister-Summer Songer of Ector; nieces Bryanna and Larissa, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

(September 12, 1982 - September 23, 2010)

Lucille B. Songer 1914-2010

BROOKFIELD - Lucille B. "Lucy" Songer, 96, entered eternal peace at 10:05 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at O'Brien's Memorial Nursing Home, Masury, following a brief illness.

Lucy was born on March 9, 1914, at home in Cherry Valley, Pa., a coal miner's daughter to Massimo "Frank" and Melina Fontanesi Re-Mason.

After graduating from Brookfield High School in 1932, she furthered her education by attending Sharon Business College. She married her love, Thomas A. Songer, on May 23, 1941.

Mrs. Songer had worked during World War II as a bookkeeper, secretary and sales clerk for Polligans Music Store in Farrell, Pa. and later for Whitmer-Smith in Sharon, Pa.

She was raised Catholic and had recently attended Brookfield United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed dancing out on the town with her husband, creating oil paintings and drawings together, the activities at the Over the Hill Gang, socializing, eating her chocolates and of course going out to eat lobster. She was very proud to be a homemaker, where she devoted her life to her family. A strong believer in family values, Lucille taught her children these ideals and to value life, instilling joy into the hearts of all her family and friends.

She was a loving mother to her daughter, Dana Basse, who was her caregiver, and her husband Paul, both of Brookfield; and to her son, Mark Songer and his life partner, Erin, and her children, twins Blake and Caitlin, and granddaughter, Emma, all of Ashville; a gracious sister to her brother, Gordon Mason and his wife, Jewell, both of Sterling, Va.; a proud grandma to her grandchildren, Tahnee Blauser and her husband, William, and their children Benjamin, Christopher and twins Anna and Abby, Tiffanee Barnes and her husband, Jonathan, and their daughter Giana, Heather Walters and her husband, Jimmy, and their sons Thomas and Anthony, Katianne Songer, and Robert Songer and his fiancee, Ruth; by her daughter-in-law, Joanne Songer; and by her numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lucy was greeted in heaven by her parents; by her husband, who died in 1990; by her son, Thomas, who died in 1992; by her daughter-in-law, Suzanne Songer, who died in 2008; by her brothers, Raymond and Charles; and by her sister, Louise Wise.

A memorial service in honor of Lucille's life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield United Methodist Church, where friends and family may call from 3 p.m. until the service.

Her family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Brookfield Library.

Her family would also like to acknowledge with special thanks to her doctors, nurses, aides and caregivers for their loving care and compassion.

Jessie May Songer Belletete

Mrs. Belletete, age 82, of Matthews, NC, died peacefully on Saturday, July 24, 2010 in Charlotte, NC. Born May 12, 1928 in Orange, MA,
she was a daughter of the late John and Jessie Kimball Songer. In 1953, she moved to Winchendon, MA, later moving to Florida in 1979
with her husband. Jessie was predeceased by a son, Wayne. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Roland Belletete, originally from
Winchendon; her children, Cynthia Ruschioni and Alan Belletete, both of Winchendon, Elena Chevalier of Benton, NH, Roy Belletete of
Dania Beach, FL, and Anthony Belletete of Matthews, NC; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Also surviving are her sisters, Mildred
Bianchi, Clara Wesockes, and Freda Songer; and brothers, Lawrence, Frank and Denis Songer; along with dozens of nieces and nephews.
Most important to Jessie, and her greatest treasure, was her family. She enjoyed writing, cake decorating, growing house plants, bird
watching and assorted collections. Jessie was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the VFW and the Korean War Veterans Association.
Relatives and friends are welcome to celebrate Jessie's life at a Funeral Mass that will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Winchendon, MA.

Crystal Ann Songer

Crystal Ann Songer, 36, of Suwanee died Saturday. The body will be cremated. No service is planned. Lee's Funeral Home, Decatur.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 7, 2010

Madge E. (Songer) McKinney

Madge E. (Songer) McKinney, 99, of Effingham, formerly of Newton, died at 10:25am Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.

Graveside services will be 2pm Tuesday, June 15, at West Lawn Cemetery, Newton. Call from 1-2pm Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Newton. Memorials to Lincolnland Hospice.

She was born April 16, 1911, in Rose Hill, the daughter of Orban and Agnes (Kibler) Songer. She married Henry I. Brown. Later, Madge married Avery McKinney. She worked in her family's grocery while living in Newton and was a member of First Baptist Church. She later moved to West Point, Mississippi, where she worked in retail sales and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include son, Steven L. McKinney and wife Becky of West Point, Mississippi...daughters, Wanda L. Brown Crews of Effingham and Nancy Jo Brown Arndt and husband Larry of San Diego, California...eight grandchildren...nine great-grandchildren...and four great-great-grandchildren...and brother, Clyde Songer and wife Dorothy of Newton.

She was preceded in death by her parents...her brothers, Lloyd and Roe Songer...her sister, Judith Fisher...and her son-in-law, Jack Crews.

Edith Maxine Songer

Edith Maxine Songer, 77, of 802 Ellis Ave., died at 8 a.m. June 3, 2010, at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

She was born July 14, 1932, in Ottumwa to Maley and Helen Myers Sellwood. She married Teddy M. Songer June 18, 1949, in Ottumwa. He preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2007.

A resident of Ottumwa all of her life, she was a member of Ottumwa Baptist Temple where she taught Sunday school for 22 years as well as sang in the choir. She enjoyed being a housewife and a mother to her twin boys, Garry and Larry. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two grandchildren, Chad (Charity) Songer of Caledonia, Mich., and Heather (Nick) Bolin of Cedar Rapids; five great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Chloe, Rheese, Lily and Grant; a sister, Alice (Chuck) Eaton of Ottumwa; and a brother, James Sellwood of Ottumwa.

She was preceded in death by her twin sons, Garry and Larry Songer; a granddaughter, Misty Dawn Songer; two sisters, Ollie Lanigan and Mabel Songer; and three brothers, Bob Bennett, Maley Junior Sellwood and Charles Sellwood.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Ottumwa Baptist Temple; the Rev. Randy Miller officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6-8 p.m. this evening.

Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Baptist Temple.

The Ottumwa Courier 213 E. Second St. Ottumwa, IA 52501

John B. Songer

John B. Songer, 87, of La Crescent, Minn passed away at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Medical Center in La Crosse on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

He was born in Buffalo, Wyo., on June 29, 1922, to Floyd and Edith (Fordyce) Songer Sr. He had worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937 until 1939. John had proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting in 1940 and serving in Troop B of the 115th Cavalry Division. He later served and was injured during his tour of duty with the Army as a field artilleryman in the Philippines. John also served another tour in Korea and later ended his Army duty with Battery A of the 465th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort McCoy and received an Honorable Discharge in 1951.

On June 2, 1951, he married the love of his life, Maxine, in Caledonia, Minn.

Later in life, John was an avid league bowler for many years, and loved trout fishing and golfing with family and friends. He was also a great fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Spending time with grandkids and greatgrandkids was very important to him and he enjoyed a special, close relationship with his grandson Jason.

For 25 years John worked for Cargill Heating as a service technician. Many families would continue to call and request his services even following his retirement.

Thoughts of his kind, generous nature and love for all his family and friends will be with us always. He generally charmed everyone he met.

In addition to Maxine, his wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons, Jeff Songer and his wife Kathy of La Crescent and Gary Songer of Chaska, Minn., three grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Josh, Jason and Alexis; two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Austin; two sisters, Lorraine Burgess of Eugene, Ore., and Beverly Savage of Lake Havasu, Ariz., two brothers, Floyd Songer Jr. and his wife Agnes and Gene Songer, both of Sheridan, Wyo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Lavaughn.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. Pastor Michael Woods will officiate. Military rites will be provided by Gittens Leidel American Legion Post 595 of La Crescent. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Friends may call on the family Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. Visitation will also be held on Friday at the church from 12:30 p.m. until time of services.

Doris J. Songer

Doris J. Songer of Lansing, MI. Loving wife, mother and grandmother, born September 14, 1934, passed away March 30, 2010 at the age of 75. Doris enjoyed making crafts, playing cards and really enjoyed spending time at the trailer at Six Lakes. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Douglas and their children: Iola (Andy) Belt of Louisville, KY, Terry (Larry) Jenks of Lansing, Douglas (Cindy) Songer Jr., Kim (Jim) Forrester of Charlotte, Brian (Lisa) Songer of Lansing and Cindy (Kent) Service of Grand Ledge; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Faith (Bill) Guy of Florida and half-brother Howard Ricketts. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 11:00 a.m. at the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge, with Rev. Harry Johnson of the People's Church, East Lansing officiating. Interment will follow at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Lakes Hospice in memory of Doris Songer.

Published in Lansing State Journal on March 31, 2010

Ethel M. Songer

Ethel M. Songer age 84, of Hamilton, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Hospice of Hamilton. She was born on March 25, 1925, in Milford Township, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jones. Ethel is survived by her daughter Janice Wright and her son-in-law Robert Wright; her grandson James Burton and his wife Shanna; her granddaughter Angela West; four great-grandchildren Kimberly West, Andrew, Ryan, and Dillon Burton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; husband James Songer; siblings Edna Jones, Albert Jones, Perry Jones and John Moak; and sister-in-law Fairy Jones. Funeral services will be held at Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at South "D" Street, Hamilton at 11am on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Burial will follow at Hickory Flat Cemetery. Family and friends will be received prior to the service from 10-11am at the funeral home.

Phyllis Margaret Songer

Phyllis Margaret Songer ( Phyl) aged 79 years. Passed away on Sunday, March 14, after a brave fight against a debilitating illness. Dearly loved wife of Bill, loved and loving mum of Lyn, Bill, Chris and Karl and their partners. Beloved and respected by her grandchildren and adored Nanny Phyl to her great grandchildren. Funeral service at St Andrew's Church, Lower Layham, on Tuesday, March 30, at 2.00 p.m. At the family's request no mourning attire, bright and cheerful clothing and no black ties. Cut flowers only, no wreaths and if preferred donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance may be sent c/o Kingsbury & Saunders, 61 George Street, Hadleigh Suffolk IP7 5BW.

Mark Songer

Mark Songer passed away peacefully at Pikes Peak Hospice surrounded by friends and family who loved him dearly. He maintained a positive outlook throught a difficult illness. Mark's life was full and revolved around his family especially the grandchildren. Mark loved reading historical novels and playing golf. He was an event planner for JA Worldwide. His inspiration, love, and compassion will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. We, the family, would like to thank Pikes Peak Hospice and Penrose for the wonderful care that they gave Mark in his time of need. Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor and father, Warren. Mark leaves behind his loving wife Bobbie, two children, Morgan and Wyatt, a stepson Curtis, a daughter-in-law, Delia and eight grandchildren, Curtis Jr., Marissa, Lameek, Alayzia, Jayeda, Javarius, Diamond, and Ariah plus a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Swan Law Funeral Directors. A private Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday.

Published in The Gazette on March 10, 2010

Dale H. Songer

Dale H. Songer (Grizzly), 52, died on Feb. 16, 2010. He was born on July 22, 1953 in South Dakota.
He is survived by a son, Shawn; two daughters, Angel and Teresa; and grandchildren, Shaggy, Amelia, Lydia, Katie, Helen and Skyler.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 844 W. Sullivan St., Miami, Ariz. Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Remains will be cremated.

Opal Lee Songer

Opal Lee Songer, 90, of Witcherville, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 23, 2010 in her home. She was retired from Sears, an honorary 50 year member of the Eastern Star and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Witcherville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Songer.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Gilliam Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Attwood of Witcherville; one granddaughter, Yvonne Attwood; three grandchildren, Quinton Jones, Allyssia Jones and Tobias Towe.



William Reed Songer Sr.

Died Oct.7, 2006. He will be truely missed by his two daughters and son and grand-children. We love you. I LOVE YOU DADDY! I miss you so very much!

Melody Ann Grubermann

Melody Ann Grubermann ( Murray) passed away on April 18 2009

Glenn A. Songer

Songer, Glenn A., 65, retired event planner for Beechcraft and a partial owner of SoNu Events, passed away on December 13, 2009. Preceded in death by his mother Arlein. Survived by his companion, John Whearty of Palm Springs, CA; sister, Debbie Songer and her companion, Mark Ludwick of Wichita. Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, December 27, 2009 from 1-4 p.m., at SoNu Venu 540 N. Hydraulic. Kansas

Teen Sentenced In Crash That Killed Friends
18-Year-Old Was Driving 88 MPH At Time Of Crash

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- An Athol teenager who survived a car wreck in which three of his friends died has been sentenced to two years in jail. The Athol Daily News reported that 18-year-old Frederick Adams pleaded guilty Tuesday in Greenfield Superior Court to three counts of motor vehicle homicide. He was ordered to serve two years of concurrent 2-year sentences, with the remainder suspended. He also received three years of probation. Authorities said Adams was driving 88 miles per hour in 40 zone on the night of Aug. 14, 2008, when he struck a tree in Orange. Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved. Angelica Cheverez and Brittany Bailey, both of Orange; and Joseph Songer of Athol, died. All were 18. Adams, lawyer requested probation. The victims' families expressed disappointment at the sentence.

Clayburn Songer, 57, of Pikeville, died Friday October 23, 2009 at his home.
He attended Brockdell Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Lila Mae Songer; and a sister, Mary Songer.
He is survived by three sisters, Shelby Songer, Allene (Joseph) Songer, and Audrey (Carl) Carmack all of Pikeville; one brother, Tommy Songer of Pikeville; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Sunday, October 25, at 2 p.m. CDT in the chapel with David Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Rainey-Dill Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday, October 24, from 2-9 p.m. and Sunday, October 25, from 9 a.m. until funeral time.
Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com. Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy 127 South, Pikeville, Tn.
posted October 24, 2009

Violet Pearl "Liptrap" Songer of Ogden, died Oct. 19, 2009. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Leavitt's Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden. Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, and one hour prior to the services at the mortuary. Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park at 836 36th Street, Ogden.

Dr. Robert H. "Bob" Songer
* BORN: January 9, 1925
* DIED: October 13, 2009
* LOCATION: Jasper, AL


Son: Bobby H. Songer and wife Tammy of Jasper
Mother: Pearl Songer of Jasper
Brother: Bill songer and wife Gail of Jasper
Sister-in-law: Eunice B. Murphy of Jasper
Two nephews and two nieces
Special family friend: Juanita McCollum

Preceded in death by:

Wife: Carolyn B. Songer
Father: Clarence sopnger
Sister: Betty Beech

Dr. songer received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in School administration from the University of Alabama. He did post-graduate work at Auburn University and the University of Alabama and was awarded a Doctorate of Letters from Athens University.

He was known state wide for his outstanding service in educational leadership. During his 33 years and nine months career in education, he served as a teacher, principal, college instructor and assistant superintendent before becoming Superintedent of the Jasper City Schools. Great strides were made in the Jasper City Schools during this tenure.

Dr. Songer believed not only in providing the best education possible for the students in Jasper, but also in giving to the community at large and to the country he loved. He was active as a member and leader in trhe First United Methodist Church of Jasper, where he was a Sunday School teacher and served as Chairman of the Finance Committtee, the Jasper Kiwanis Club, the Boy Scout sof America and numerous Alabama State Department committees and associations. He served his country faithfully during World War II, participating in five significant battles including the Normandy Invasion, Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart.

Dr. Songer's hobbies included the love of the game of Golf and was an avid golfer. He also loved restoring Corvettes to which you could see him driving around town in them.

Pallbearers will be: Bill Frey Sr., Mike Short, Phillip Grace, David Grace, Charlie Dunn and Dick Shumate.

The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church or to a charity of your choice.
Robert H. ‘Bob’ Songer, 84, of Jasper
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009

Robert H. ‘Bob’ Songer, 84, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Graveside services will be Friday, Oct. 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Kilgore-Green Funeral Home will direct. Visitation will be from 12 until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


David Justin Songer

April 6, 2009

David Justin Songer, 28, of Liverpool, passed away April 6, 2009. Born in Syracuse, he was a life resident of Liverpool. Dave worked for AAA Environmental as well as running his own landscaping business. He was

predeceased by his mother, Nancy S. Songer who passed away in 2008.

Dave was a very loving husband, dedicated father and devoted son and brother who is survived by his wife, Karlie Hazelton Songer and their precious "Little Man", David Songer II of Liverpool; father, William Songer of Liverpool; brothers, Daniel Stenger of Boyertown, PA, Kate Songer Daniels and her husband Ted Daniels of Boyertown, PA, Timothy Songer of Liverpool and Jon Songer of Liverpool; maternal grandparents, Dr. Leigh & Doris Simpson of Baldwinsville and Florida.

Calling hours will be Friday, April 10, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Sunset Mausoleum, Syracuse.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made payable by check to David Songer II Trust Fund, C/O William Songer, 112 Greeley Circle, Liverpool, NY 13090.

With an end that came too soon, an amazing new journey begins. Dave's love will continue on through the laughs and smile of all he touched.

ATHOL Joseph R."Joey" Songer, 18, of 431 South Main Street, died unexpectedly late Thursday evening, August 14, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, that he was a passenger in.

Born on March 4, 1990 in Greenfield, he was a son of Chad Songer and Dusty (Landry) and attended Athol High School.

Joey was employed at the Athol McDonald's at the time of his death.

He loved music and had a large collection of CD's and loved to help Ethan Stone with local concerts. Joey also enjoyed his pets as well as playing video games.

A well loved person who could bring a smile to his family and friends, will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his father and step mother, Chad and Donna Songer of Athol; his mother and step father, Dusty Landry and Matthew Stone, of Athol; a brother, Lennon Stone of Athol; paternal grandparents, Greg Songer and Karen Stoddard, and Linda Risatti, all of Athol; Maternal grandparents, Anne and Alan Landry of New Salem and Lauren and Jeffrey Emmeott of Whitinsville; a great grandfather, Leonard Baldwin, of Whitinsville; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grand aunts and grand uncles.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday evening, August 19, 2008 from 6-8 PM at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364.

Funeral services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you honor Joey with donations to the Athol Memorial Hall Restoration Fund, 585 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331.

Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.


Janice (Kay) Mechaelsen, 69, of Kamrar died Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. A Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Community Church southeast of Kamrar. Burial will follow in the Community Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Community Church from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening and after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements were made with the Foster Funeral & Cremation Center in Webster City.

Janice Kay Songer daughter of Donald Sr. and Ethel Raven Songer was born on August 10, 1940 in Webster City. She received her education and graduated from Webster City Lincoln High School in 1958. On February 14, 1959 she married Alfred James Mechaelsen at the Presbyterian Church near Kamrar. The couple resided in rural Kamrar where Kay was a self employed child care provider for over 20 years. She had also worked part time at River View Early Childhood Center in Webster City.

Survivors include her husband of over 50 years, Alfred Mechaelsen of Kamrar; son and daughter-in-law, Lendall and Marcia Mechaelsen of Kamrar; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Paul Huisman of Webster City; Glenda and Jeff Meyer of Williams; grandchildren, Mandy (Dave) Powers, Angela Huisman, Lucas and Marcus Mechaelsen, AJ, Leah, and Stacey Meyer; great grandchildren, Cassandra Paulson, Lauren and Chloe Powers; sisters, Beverly (Lute) Olson; Shirley (Jerry) Trusty all of Webster City; brothers, Donald (Shirley) Songer of California; Gary Songer of Nevada; Ronald (Barb) Songer of Denison and many nieces and nephews.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents. She was a member of the Community Church in Kamarar where she was active in Women's Fellowship, Kids Live, Bible School, and Sarah's Circle. Kay loved spending time with her family, friends and attending her grandchildren's activities.


Ethel Songer, of North Charleston, widow of Clifford M. Songer Jr., died Monday. Arrangements by Carolina Memorial Funeral Home.

Nancy Nan S. Songer

Nancy Nan S. Songer, born April 15, 1951, died at home in the midst of loved ones on November 24, 2008. Nan served both as director of the Early Childhood Direction Center, Center on Human Policy, School of Education, Syracuse University and as Educational Specialist, Center for Childrens Cancer and Blood Disorders, Upstate Medical University.

Nan is a graduate of Syracuse University where she received an undergraduate degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Nan dedicated her life to serving children and their families in a variety of settings including as a classroom teacher, disabilities-related community board member and was appointed as the chairperson of the New York State Interagency Coordinating Council by Governor Mario Cuomo. As an adjunct faculty member, she taught graduate courses related to guiding children with challenging behaviors.

A frequent keynote speaker and conference presenter, her areas of expertise included children with challenging behaviors, working collaboratively with families, understanding the importance of observation during assessment and using sensory strategies in early childhood settings.

Nan is survived by her husband of 32 years, William Songer of Liverpool, her five children, their spouses and a grandchild: Daniel Stenger of Boyertown, PA, Kate Songer-Daniels and Ted Daniels of Boyertown, PA, Timothy Songer of Chicago, IL, David Songer and Karlie-Hazelton Songer of Liverpool and their son, the apple of Nans eye, David Songer II, and Jon Songer of Liverpool; parents, Dr. Leigh & Doris Simpson of Baldwinsville & Florida and sister and brother-in-law, Marion & John Mauren of Vienna, VA.

Calling hours will be held on Friday November 28, 2008 from 4-8pm at Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second Street, Liverpool, NY. Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday November 29, 2008 at Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego Street with entombment to follow at Woodlawn Sunset Mausoleum, Syracuse NY.

Mildred J. Ivers Songer

Mildred J. Ivers Songer, 94, of Murfreesboro died April 14 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. Graveside services were April 16 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens for family and friends, and a celebration of her life was held April 16. Mrs. Songer was a native of Barnhill, Ill., a member of the First Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was the last of 11 children in her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Songer ; and parents, Walter U. and Amanda Barmes Ivers. She is survived by her sons, Hubert D. Songer Jr. of Paducah, Ky., Lewis A. Songer of Johnson City, Roger A. Songer of Eagleville and Byron N. Songer of Louisville; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials in memory of Mrs. Songer may be made to the First Baptist Church Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Fund.

Mary Calphernia Songer Stafford
Jess Wakefield Songer's sister, passed away at the age of 96 on Sunday, the November 23, 2008.

Rose Beatrice Songer Fuqua
Died: 8 JAN 2001 - Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas age 76, The last of 12 siblings to die of Charles Henry Songer and Mary Bryant Songer

Johnny Orvile Songer
Born: July 25 1938
Death: May 3 2000

Left Behind 1 child
Laurie Songer Jenkins

4 Grandkids
Lewis Smith
Tanya Smith
Mandy Jeffers
Jarrod Jeffers

B.J. Songer

age 22 of the Mooneyham Community, TN, died Sunday March 11, 2007. in an area hospital. He was a member of the Mooneyham Church of God.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Songer, two children, Dylan Blake and Abby Elaine Songer; his parents Billy Joe Songer and Sammie Dodson, two brothers; Jacob and Wesley Songer; maternal grandparents, Christina and James Dodson and paternal grandparents, Dorothy and Jimmy Hensley, all of Mooneyham; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday 3/23/07 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at the Mooneyham Church of God Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. CDT with Minister Doug Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery. Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy. 127 South Pikeville, TN.


Michael J. “Mike” Songer,

Michael J. Songer 69 of Washington died Saturday-December 9, 2006 at 8:05 p.m. in the Donnell House after a one year illness. Mr. Songer was born January 8, 1937 in Farrell, Pa. the son of the late Eugene J. and Katherine Moore Songer. Mr. Songer was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, New York. He worked as a Construction Superintendent at Songer Corporation until his retirement, at which time he became a consultant. He was a member of Lone Pine Golf Club where he was an avid golfer. He loved being with his family especially his grandchildren.
Mr. Songer’s first wife, Genevieve Songer survives. On April 6, 1997 he married Jeanne Horn Songer who also survives. Also surviving are four sons; Dr. John (Debbie) Songer of Cullman, Alabama, Michael (Jane Ann) Songer of Washington, Steve (Angela) Songer of Athens, Tenn., E. J. (Lisa) Songer of Washington. Also surviving are two daughters; Mary K. (Cam) Harper of Chesapeake, Sue Beswick of Navaare, Florida, one stepdaughter; Elaine (Bryan) Cumberlidge of Waynesburg, one brother; Paul (Shelley) Songer of Washington, three sisters; Jean McCormick of Elma, New York, Kathleen Waterhouse of Buffalo, New York, Joanne (John) Docherty of Buffalo, New York, 17 Grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mr. Songer was preceeded in death by one brother; John Songer, and one sister; Patricia Florea.
At the request of the family there will be no public visitation. Burial will be private. The public is welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday- December 11, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, W. Chestnut Street, Washington, with Fr. William P. Feeney as celebrant. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, Pa. 15301. Arrangements are under the direction of the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc. Wilson at E. Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, Supervisor/Director, Susan Falvo Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director.


Effie Holland

Effie Mae Ewton Holland, 89, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006.She had lived in the Chickamauga area for the last 53 years, was of the Church of God faith and retired from Crystal Springs Bleachery after more than 25 years of service. She blessed all of us with her presence on this Earth for 89 years, from March 9, 1917, to Nov. 22, 2006.She was a spiritual, loving, caring and giving mother, grandmother and friend and she will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her, but we know she now walks hand in hand with God. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John Adam Holland; parents, Bessie Songer and Polk Ewton; three sons, J.W., Check and Eddie Holland; three brothers, Homer, Buck and Grove Songer; and three sisters, Ovia Owens, Ted Songer and Maude Clark. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Louise Dalton, Alfred Holland, Jim Holland and Ben Holland, all of Chickamauga, Faye McKay, of Rossville, Edward Holland, of LaFayette, Ga., and Roma Belcher, of Cohutta, Ga.; two brothers, Paul Songer, of Rossville, and Howard “Tootie” Songer, of Flintstone, Ga.; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with the Rev. Henry Hampton and the Rev. Robert Taylor officiating. Pallbearers will be several of her grandsons, Randall Dalton, Roger Dalton, Jimmy Holland, Johnny Holland, Aaron Holland and Eddie Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Goins Jr. and Stuart Davis. Burial will follow in Chickamauga City Cemetery. The family will begin receiving friends after 4 p.m. today and prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are by W.L. Wilson &Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe

From the Chattanooga Times FreePress
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Rose Songer
PIKEVILLE Rose Songer, 53, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006.
Survivors include husband, Henry Songer; children, Tammy Sullivan,
Melissa Parsons and James Songer; seven grandchildren; and four brothers.
Services are at 2 p.m. CDT today at in the chapel of Putnam-Reed Funeral Home of Pikeville.
Burial is in Rainey-Dill Cem-etery.

William Richard Songer

William Richard Songer, 76, a 55-year resident of Ventura, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2006, after a brief illness.

William, better known as Bill, was born May 8, 1930, in Santa Barbara, the youngest of eight children of William Edward and Lena Mary (Hill) Songer. In 1941 the family moved to Port Orchard, Wash., where he met and eventually married Eleanor Rice, who would be his wife and lifelong companion. Bill graduated in 1948 from South Kitsap High, where he played football, earning the most valuable player in his senior year, and played the saxophone and clarinet in a number of the school bands. Bill and Eleanor were married in 1950 and moved to Santa Barbara and then to Ventura the following year. He attended Olympic College and earned a business degree from Santa Barbara Business College.

Bill spent the majority of his career with Ventura Coastal Corp. (later 7-UP) in various management roles, including treasurer and corporate secretary. From 1980 to 1995, Bill was president and CFO for Ventura Alpha Ranches Corp., a ranch management company with holdings in row crop, citrus, cattle and oil production. He retired in 1995 to focus on his tennis, family and the occasional travel with Eleanor to Mexico, exploring the Mississippi River, Baltic Sea and Europe.

Bill will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of sports (especially tennis) and his competitive nature. He also loved to read, take road trips and savored his annual fishing trips with friends in Bishop.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, Ronald of Menlo Park; daughter, Shelley McCloskey of Camarillo; and grandchildren, Chloe, Kendall and Kurt.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at College United Methodist Church, 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura, with the Rev. Dave Horning officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ventura, CA 93003; or College United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Drive, Ventura.

From the Chattanooga Times FreePress
Saturday, March 11, 2006

Willis Songer
died Friday, March 10, 2006.
Survivors three daughters and
two sons.
Services: 2 p.m. CST Monday
in the chapel with Eugene Perry,
David Rogers and Donnie Cox officiating.
Visitation 3 p.m. CST today.
Burial in Rainey-Dill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Putnam-Reed
Funeral Home, U.S. Highway 127
South, Pikeville.

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