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 www.goblefuneral.com. In lieu of flowers friends may donate to the Jersey Shore hurricane relief fund of their choice.