Roland “Rollie” Somnis

Published 9:21 pm Thursday, March 7, 2024

In loving memory of our dear Roland “Rollie” Warren Somnis, a loving husband, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather who passed away on March 1, 2024. Rollie was born on April 4, 1934 to John and Edith (Reasoner) Somnis.

Roland “Rollie” Somnis

Roland was a proud military veteran, joining the Army with his buddy, Milford Bohonek, before meeting his beloved Patricia “Pat” Weisner and getting hitched a month later. Together Rollie and Pat welcomed four children, Jody, Michael, Robert, and Kevin. Rollie was a devoted husband to Pat, who he tirelessly cared for throughout her medical challenges in their last five years together. She was his world, his greatest love, and his unwavering support.

A man of great work ethic, Rollie would join the manufacturing industry where he dedicated 33 years of hard work at Streaters Inc. Known for his generosity and willingness to help others, he was always there for his friends and family, whether it was with his trusty chainsaws or sharing the harvest from his beloved vegetable garden.

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In his free time, Rollie enjoyed supporting the Minnesota Vikings, spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life like sitting outside and feeding the feral cats in his neighborhood. He also cherished moments with his grandchildren and was well-loved by many for his humor and kindness.

Rollie will be remembered fondly for his infectious sense of humor and camaraderie. In his final days at Good Samaritan Society, he continued to brighten the days of those around him with his jokes and kind spirit.

Rollie is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Pat Somnis; parents, John and Edith Somnis; granddaughter, Virginia Somnis; siblings, Grace Somnis, John Somnis Jr., Rosella Thompson, Robert V. Somnis, James Somnis, Thomas Somnis, and Barbara Ganske.

Left to cherish Rollie’s memory are his children, Jody Anderson, Michael (Amanda) Somnis, Robert (Cheryl) Somnis, Kevin (Julieta) Somnis; grandchildren, Krista Somnis, Kaitlynn Somnis, Michael Somnis Jr., Dustin Somnis, Tylor Somnis, Jamie (Stephanie) Anderson, Tony Anderson, Trinity Jones, Alyssa Somnis, Angel Somnis; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services for Roland “Rollie” Somnis will take place at Bonnerup Funeral & Cremation Services in Albert Lea, MN on March 9, 2024, at 11:00 am, with a visitation beginning one hour prior at the funeral home. Pastor Lou Peters will be officiating. Inurnment will take place immediately following the service at Conger Cemetery. Roland will be remembered for his warm heart, his love for his family, and his dedication to his community. May he rest in peace.