Heywood "Woody" Sommers

November 22, 1949February 6, 2013

SPARTA — Heywood “Woody” Sommers passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Newton. He was 63. Born in Caldwell, he lived in Morristown prior to moving to Sparta in 1984. He was a Vietnam War-era veteran of the US Air Force, serving as a radio cryptographer. He graduated from Middlesex County College and Rutgers University. Woody had a 32-year career with the County of Morris, primarily involved in long-range land use planning. He was instrumental in developing the county’s geographic information and mapping system and served over the years as a planner and as director of the Department of Information Technology, among other positions. He retired in 2011. A member of the Lake Mohawk Country Club, he loved to play golf and was an avid Yankees baseball fan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Dianne; their daughter, Elizabeth Sommers, of Newton; a granddaughter, Darthy Sommers; two sisters, Stephanie Nagy, of New Hope, Pa., and Carolyn Malone, and her husband, Larry, of Deming, N.M.; two nieces, Jeanne Feiner, and her husband, Christopher, of North Brunswick, and their children Jessica and Ross, and Grace Dickerman and her husband, Jeff, of Pampa, Texas; and his sister-in-law and her husband, Patricia and William Schupp, of Sparta. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Seymour “Cy” and Frances Sommer. Family and friends are invited Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with an 8 p.m. service, to the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. Condolences may be sent to the family at In lieu of flowers friends may donate to the Jersey Shore hurricane relief fund of their choice.


  • VISITATION Tuesday, February 12, 2013
  • VISITATION Tuesday, February 12, 2013
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Heywood "Woody" Sommers

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Gene Cass

May 7, 2013

I will always appreciate Woody for standing up for peace when others were too eager to rush to war. My condolences to all who hurt from their loss.

Art Hayes

March 8, 2013

We had the privilege of serving with Woody in the Air Force during the early 1970's. It was an honor to call the man a close friend during our time together overseas. Like many old service ‘buddies', we grew apart as the years passed but Woody was always there in our hearts and thoughts, laughing and sharing our adventures and memories. It is with our deepest regret that we heard of his passing and we send our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.

- Art, Bob, Greg, Eddie, Carl and the Okinawa brothers

Susan Zellman

February 20, 2013

Dear Diane - I am so sorry that we were out of state at the time of Woody's funeral.
Woody made some wonderful contributions to planning and development that cannot be replicated. He always said he was responsible for Doug and I having met during the state planning process. We owe him a lot.

With our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

February 19, 2013

Diane, I'm so sorry for your loss. All of my condolences to you and your family. Would love to keep in touch with you. Please look me up on Facebook. Again, I'm very sorry -- Dino

Amy Ponte

February 17, 2013

It's hard to believe. It's hard to breath. I would call him everyday and he would ease my fears. I left him a text today and called but there was no reply. It's hard to believe I'm never gonna beable too speak with him again. He was so smart and Careful to be respectful...With his own sharp wit ..He was my hero.

Claude Deltieure

February 13, 2013

A life well lived, and a loss to us and to the world in general. Woody was one of the good guys..... Personally, he was a reinforcing influence to my own still-uninformed idealism way back when in the newsroom of the mid-70s. Woody seemed an Old Soul even back then, given the depth of his insights and quickness of wit in drilling down to the essence of the thing at hand. His was one of the sharpest minds -- and searing wits (which made Woody a truly funny guy) -- I've had the privilege to encounter. It says everything about him, too, how he is so remembered here foremost for his devotion to his friends and family in his closest circle, and to this planet and its many forms of life in the wider scope. ... Condolences to Di and his family ... and let's all memorialize his life a bit more by staying, or getting back, in touch with those from yesteryear who made us better. That is, after all, what this passage we call life is all about...

Bill & Marianne Bayliss

February 12, 2013

Diane, Liz and Darthy: Marianne and I wish to express our deepest condolences on your loss. While I worked for Woody for several years, I really got know him on a more personal level in recent years when we would run into each other at the Stop & Shop. Woody was one of the 'good guys' and loved his family. So sorry that his retirement was so short. Our prayers are with you.

Elizabeth D. Carlyana Patricksonn.c

February 12, 2013

I'm so greatful,and dismayed at the support and condolences. Woody was a awesome incredible and compassionate soul. I wish he was here right nnow , but I'm glad he did not suffer for a long while...He loved his Family so much.Mom and Darthy were his world....and I'm so thankful and greatful they have the most caring neighbors and Family in the world....and Friends , he was true in himself, and his Loved ones, His good nature was easy to hang around and I never in my mind wanted him to suffer... He was Fun...and I thank him for his never ending encourage ment. I'm sorry heesz gonna miss his retirement. We were planning a family vacation this summer upcominnhg....Thank you for your sapport threw this emotional turmoil...Gratitude and Devotion is the streghth we could all butter our toast with....Thanks again and again threw these hard times...Bless your hearts...

Kimberly Schultz

February 12, 2013

Dianne, Elizabeth, Darthy, and the rest of the Sommers family: I am so sorry that Woody is no longer with us. I think of those Sunday nights often when he'd grace our kitchen table with his presence with Elizabeth in tow to play with the other children at our home. I know he'll be terribly missed by all of you. It's hard now and will be for some time, but at least he didn't suffer a long illness. You're in my prayers now and always. Grace and Peace.

Kimberly Schultz

February 12, 2013

Diane, Elizabeth, and Darthy: My prayers are with you now and always. Woody was a great father, grandfather, and friend. He will be sorely missed by all.