Albert E. Somogie, 78, formerly of Aiken, S.C., and more recently of Beaver County, was reunited with his beloved wife, Virginia, on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at VAMC, Pittsburgh.
Born Nov. 21, 1929, in Fairfield, Conn., he was a son of the late Otto and Irma (Hodermar) Somogie. In 1950, he married the former Virginia Lee Boris of Monaca. The couple made their home in Brighton Township for the next 45 years prior to moving to Aiken, S.C. following Albert’s retirement from Crucible Steel (Colt Industries) and the federal government under the General Services Administration
A U.S. Army disabled veteran, Albert answered the call of duty for his country and served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from both wars. Awarded numerous distinctions, he received the WW II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the French Fourragere. \”Pa\” was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club where he received the recognition as a bronze leader in 2000 and a silver leader in 2001 for his outstanding devotion and generosity toward disabled veterans.
He was also a member of the DAV Chap. No. 43 of Aiken where he chaired the audit committee due to his accounting background with 31 years of service and received a letter of commendation from the 99th Regional Readiness Command in 2008. He was a former member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Rochester. where he had served as an usher and was currently a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken. \”Pa\” was skilled in carpentry, collected 1/32 die cast cars and enjoyed fishing.
Adored by his children, he leaves two daughters, Judine Burns and her husband, Richard, of Rochester, and Andrea Somogie of Hopewell; two sons, Alan Somogie and his wife, Rebecca, of Potter Township and Brian Somogie of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Nicholas Burns of Robinson Township; Diadra Wory and her husband, Joshua, of Greentree; Joshua Rajchel of Hopewell Township, and Stephanie and Shiloh Somogie; two sisters, Irene Crawford of Trumbull, Conn. and Adele Powe of Ansonia, Conn.; a brother, Otto Somogie and his wife, Helen, in Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his adoring wife, Virginia, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on March 18, 2005 in Aiken; a precious little grandson, Lucas Gabriel Somogie; a brother, Edward Somogie, and three sisters, Olga Chalker, Gertrude Soltis and Mary K. Cich.
Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the SIMPSON FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, (724-728-4000), where prayers will be offered Friday at 9:20 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Rochester, with Father Ward Stakem, officiating.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Full military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit at 11 a.m. at the cemetery.
A wake service will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home. For online condolences, directions and other information, please visit www.simpsonfuneralhome.com