Rikki Erin Bera

June 14, 1983September 22, 2012

Rikki Erin Sommervold Bera, 29, of Phoenix, Arizona. Rikki was much beloved by her husband, Justin Bera, by her parents, Gregory and Patricia (née Noonan) Sommervold, by her mother, Sunniko (née Stewart) Sommervold, and by her brother, Rafael Rodríguez. She passed away on September 22, 2012. Rikki was born on June 14, 1983, at Travis AFB, California, and she moved to Phoenix in 2001. Rikki had a passion for the outdoors; she loved camping, ATVs, riding her horses, and caring for her animals. She is survived by her grandparents, Margaret Sommervold, Sonoko Stewart, and Robert & Connie Noonan, and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Rikki was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Martin Sommervold and Max Stewart, by her uncles, Richard Matson, Martin Sommervold II, and Edward Stewart, by her aunt Lori Sommervold, and her cousin Lorna Sommervold. A public visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, AZ, with a funeral service to be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Community Church of Joy, 21000 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, AZ. Please visit to leave online condolences for Rikki's family. Gifts in memory of Rikki can be given to the American Cancer Society (; 800.227.2345); please specify "Rikki Bera" in the memo line and request an acknowledgement card be sent to Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary. Rikki will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 28, 2012

Rikki Erin Bera

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Shelly Chema

June 29, 2013

I echo Kevin's words, as I was shocked and heartbroken when Scott told me of Rikki's passing. She was quite the girl! (And in those days quite the Cowboys fan) Her smile was infectious and if there was anyone in this World that didn't have a mean bone in their body, it was Rikki. Greg and Sukki, you raised a good one there. She was indeed a beautiful person. I pray that you are finding some peace and comfort knowing she brought so much to so many here on earth. I know this happened some time ago, but I imagine the 'pain' is still there. I can't even imagine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of her family. She lit up the neighborhood growing up....

Kevin Brown

May 19, 2013

My heart dropped the moment I found out what had happened to my dear old friend. I pray that the Lord watches over Rikki and her family. Rikki was such a great friend growing up together. She will be missed.

Sukki Sommervold

October 6, 2012

Greg and Patti, Thank you so much for having such a beautiful visitation, and heart-wrenching, and wonderful services for her funeral. Shr looked beautiful and so at peace. I guess all my prayers for Rikki-chan were answered by God bringing her home. I know Bob, (of Bob and Anne), my Father, and her Uncle Eddie were waiting for her. Please do not forget to send some of her barrel-racing photos to me. Greg, thank you for helping me bring Rikki into the world; she touched so many people with her smile. Once again, thanks!

October 4, 2012

Dear Greg and Suki, We were shocked and so very sorry to read about Rikki. She was such a cute little girl running around the softball fields when we were playing. Can't even imagine what you're going through. Our sincere condolences to Rikki's family. We will pray for your darling Rikki. Sincerely, Tony and Patty Geonetta

Carly Matson

October 4, 2012

Rikki, I love and miss you terribly. So glad I got to see you this summer. You always lit up a room with your smile.

Greg & Patti, Rafael and Justin,
I love you all very much, and wish I could make this pain go away. I know Rikki is up above watching over you guys and I hope that brings comfort.

Phyllis Rumsey

October 2, 2012

I will always think of Ricci laughing and kidding around with Greg and Patti. Her smile & spirit will be missed here on earth.

Judy Gunnels Bible Lutheran Church

October 2, 2012

Suki - You and your family are in our prayers. May God's grace fall upon you mightily! Your family at Bible Lutheran Church loves you & God loves you.

Paula and Allan Abbott

September 28, 2012

We are sorry to hear of your loss and are hoping each day will be better. We hope your memories of Rikki will warm your heart and comfort you.

Vickie Dean

September 28, 2012

Greg and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories you have of Rikki for she will always hold a special place in your hearts. Thinking of you with love and prayers.

September 28, 2012

Our very deepest sympathy to all of the family. May God support your hearts in this most difficult time. We will always remember Rikki's bubbling personality and beautiful smile. She was a gem! Madellen & Bob, Colorado Springs