Gertrude "Gert" M. Somermeyer, 89, of New Albin, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, Iowa.

Gertrude Marie Somermeyer was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Ludlow Township, Waukon, the daughter of Benjamin and Laura (Renne) Bechtel. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon and attended country schools.

On July 23, 1941, Gert married Milton Somermeyer at Zion United Church of Christ. They farmed in the New Albin area, and Gert also worked for the Lansing Company and factories in Spring Grove and New Albin.

Gert had belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star and was an active member of St. Peter's Christian Community Church in New Albin.

She enjoyed canning, gardening, cooking and absolutely loved to dance. She and Milton also liked taking vacations and bus tours. Gert was a very handy lady and was always willing to help someone out.

Survivors include her two sons, Don (Susie) Sommermeyer of New Albin and Rev. Gary Sommermeyer of Southbury, Conn.; two grandsons, Eric (Kim) Sommermeyer of Tripoli, Iowa, and Jon Sommermeyer of New Albin; and two sisters, Doris Sims of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Judy (Charles) Harlan of Des Moines, Iowa; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband (in 2003), she was preceded in death by four sisters, Inez Kurth, Gladys Beall, Bernice Deal and Ruby Barr, and a brother, Lloyd Bechtel.

Memorial services were March 15 at St. Peter's Christian Community Church in New Albin with Pastor Kent Meyer officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery at a later date.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at