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SOUTH PORTLAND – Katherine A. Somers, 93, died March 9 at her home at Country Village Assisted Living in Casco.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1920 in Portland, the daughter of Ernest L. and Esther M. (O’Hara) Arey. She lived 90 of her 93 years in South Portland, growing up in Knightville with her six sisters and brothers.
Somers attended South Portland schools, and graduated a Red Riot from South Portland High School in 1938. She excelled in academics and at softball. Thanks to many hours of playing baseball in her youth with the boys, she became a highly skilled third baseman, and a feared hitter. She played in both rec leagues and on barnstorming teams that owners took on the road to play for profit. On one team, she led her squad into a four-team tournament on the floor of the Boston Garden. She always remarked how fast grounders were on the wood floor.
During World War II, Somers went to work, and several years employment at Emery-Waterhouse in Portland. On March 21, 1942, she married William “Bill” Joseph Somers Jr., of Portland. She had two sons and raised her family in Willard Beach. In her middle years, she still played rec softball and also loved to play in the candlepin bowling leagues with her two sisters, Millie and Helen, at the Mill Creek lanes and Big 20. She also had a rewarding career working heat transfer products operation at the General Electric South Portland shipyard in the 1970s and 1980s.
In retirement, she continued to bowl. She enjoyed summer stays and travel with a son’s family in California. She went to Disneyland, participated in the “Price Is Right,” saw the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas and everything between San Diego and San Francisco.
Somers is survived by her son, Scott and his wife, Linda, and their children, Alicia, Catherine, and Patrick Somers; her son, Jeffrey and his daughters, Kimberly Somers and Tracy Glass; great-grandchildren Justine Glass, Dylan Glass; great-great-grandson Hunter and her sister, Millie.
She was predeceased by her parents; two sisters and two brothers.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Country Village, who treated Somers like family
Visiting hours will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday, immediately followed by a service at 3 p.m. and a reception at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.