Benjamin E. Sommers, 65, of Southington, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Benjamin was born on August 2, 1958 in Bristol to the late William B. Sommers and Sylvia C. (Osher) Mongillo.
“Benny” as everyone called him, was well known throughout the community because of his outgoing personality. He loved to tell jokes to people, even though they heard them many times before. He had a love for music, knitting, his watch collection and let’s not forget about his “pens.” Benny recently flew in an airplane for the first time and was greeted by the pilot. Benny was a proud member of the Gang of Scarpa Shoda and looked forward to their annual gathering.
Benny is survived by his beloved uncle, Duane Osher of Southington, 3 beloved stepbrothers, Gary Mongillo (Lori) of TN, Michael Mongillo (Robin) of NC and John Mongillo (Sally) of Bristol and stepsister, Anne Cotter and her daughter Sarah of Southington, his beloved aunt, Regina Galligan of SC, affectionately known as “Aunt Queenie,” 5 half-siblings, Lyle Sommers of CT, Mary Sommers of SC, Billy Sommers of NC, Tami Jankowski of FL and Jill Clayton of CT, his cousins, Jeff, Jamie, Jody, Debbie and Gary Osher and Jennifer Pompei, his nephews, Mike Jr., Jason, Matt, Danny, Christopher and Casey Mongillo and Artie and Dale Galligan. In addition to his parents, Benny was predeceased by his stepfather, John Mongillo and his uncle, Gary Osher.
Benny’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Bill Fairchild, and the entire staff at both the Cheshire and West St. group homes for their compassion and the great care they took of their beloved “Benny.”
A funeral service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington. There are no calling hours. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.