Margaret Atkins Sommer

                                              Margaret Atkins Sommer 

            Margaret Atkins Sommer (formerly from Harrington Park, N.J.) passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Liberty Commons, North Chatham. It was four days following her 88th birthday.  

            Margaret was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., and lived in Oklahoma and Peoria, Illinois during her formative years.  After high school and attending Bradley University, she and a friend decided to venture forth and took the train to Chicago. Margaret briefly worked for a bank there but then decided to travel to Boston. There, we are sure she would say, her adult life began.  She first worked at the Christian Science Publishing Society where she met her future mother-in-law, Dee, who introduced her to her son, Robert H. Sommer, a young naval officer who was in the reserves and had recently graduated from Northeastern University. 

            Both Margaret and Robert became lifelong members of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Their marriage lasted for 56 years and they raised three sons, mostly in Harrington Park, New Jersey where they lived for over 50 years. In addition to raising three children, Margaret also ran “The Mail Box”, a religious mail order bookstore for 25 years.  Aside from raising her three sons, she most enjoyed her time in various activities as a member of her church in Englewood, N. J.  

            Surviving Margaret are: Robert J. Sommer (wife Lyn) formerly of Ridgewood N.J. & now Chatham; Kenneth F. Sommer (wife Betsy) of Luxembourg, Europe and Chatham; Ronald K. Sommer (wife Helen) of Superior, Colo. and four granddaughters: Madison, Haley of Superior, Colo., Elizabeth Leger (husband Curtis) of Great Falls, Va. and Abigail Gray (husband, Richard) of Norwell.  Margaret, too, was known as Great- Grandma Margaret(GGM) to three great grandchildren, Will and Cooper Leger and Maggie Gray. 

            Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be to a charity of choice or First Church of Christ Scientist in Englewood, N.J. Services will be private.  For online condolences, please visit