Irene Sommerfeld


Irene Sommerfeld, 74, of China Spring, passed away Sunday, September 20th at a Houston hospital.

Funeral Service: 2PM Thursday, September 24th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at China Spring Cemetery.

Visitation: 6 to 8PM Wednesday, September 23rd at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Irene was born February 17, 1941 in Waco to Artie (Waters) and Tom Tillman Riley. She married Ralph Sommerfeld on April 16, 1960 in Clifton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ralph Sommerfeld; her parents; and sisters, Doris Holland and Evelyn Jackson.

Survivors include daughters, Shirley Taylor and husband Dennis of China Spring, Sherri Sommerfeld of China Spring, and Sheila Hanzlicek and husband Harry of Valley Mills; son, Kenneth Sommerfeld and wife Christy of China Spring; grandchildren, Casey Craig, Brandy (Craig) Hamilton and husband Blake, Cole Craig and fiance’ Brittany Ingleton, Bradie Craig, Brad Taylor, Dusty Taylor, Kevin Hanzlicek, Brittany Hanzlicek, Michelle Bravo, Heather Hanzlicek, Misha Sommerfeld, Emma Grace Sommerfeld, and Hunter Ward; great grandchildren, Braxton Hamilton, Haidyn Craig, Aydan Hanzlicek, Baylie Simpson, Kamren Ramirez; sisters, Anna Dennis and Opal Marsh, both of Waco; and numerous other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Brad Taylor, Cole Craig, Blake Hamilton, Hunter Ward, Willie Willis, and Bobby Saulters.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Barbara K. Salazar

    Sherri, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I pray that God will bring you and your family comfort in the times ahead.
    Sincerely, Barbara K. Salazar

  2. Stephanie Washburn

    Sommerfeld family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

  3. Our family sends heartfelt condolences. We are thinking of all of the family and keeping you all in prayers… She was one of a kind ? Love to you all

  4. My Thoughts And Prayers Are With Each Of You. Irene Is/Was A Beautiful And Special Lady Who Touched The Hearts And Lives Of Many. Her Memories Will Carry On…AMEN

  5. My sincere condolences Kenneth and family.

  6. So sorry to hear about Irene. She was a Great lady. She put up with way too much from all of us China Spring boys. But between her, Ralph, AB, Judy, Big Charlie, Shirley and my parents willing to whip our butts when we did wrong. We turned out pretty good. RIP Irene you were one of a kind.

  7. Windy Loutherback

    Such a sweet lady! She will be truly missed!!! Love you so much Irene oxoxox

  8. Beautiful soul. Beautiful memories. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  9. Lonnie and Linda Douthit

    We are so sorry about your loss. Ralph and Irene were a very special couple who will be missed. We know that most of all they loved their family and were so proud of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you have now lost your mother and grandmother.

  10. Prayers to you all at this time..sorry for your loss, granny was a great person.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of during this difficult time.
    Neil & Gaila Lessman

  12. I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all through this difficult time. Granny will be missed!!

  13. Kenneth and family, I am sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. May God be with you during this difficult time.

  14. We are sorry for your loss Kenneth. Praying for peace in your tough time.

  15. My deepest condolences and prayers for your family

  16. Sharon Standeven Keith

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you always.

  17. Dear Sommerfeld Family,

    From the deepest part of our hearts we send our love to you all, and hope that each day that passes will bring a small measure of peace to your hearts, knowing TUFFY is in heaven with Pa and Granny Riley, Rita, Kathy, Evelyn, and so many others waiting for us all to return HOME. May God bless each of you with remembrance of her profound love for you all, a lifetime of fond memories, and joyous laughter to eventually replace the tears.

    Beverly Holland and Tina Neumann

  18. to my darling sister , I don’t know what im going to do without you. I love you so very much. until we see each other again. and if your kids happen to need me im here for them.

  19. My condolences to the whole Sommerfeld Family!!!

  20. To the Sommerfeld Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss.
    Kelly (Dunn) Townsend

  21. Sandy and Al Lynch

    Shirley and Brandy we were so sad to hear about your mom (granny) what a special lady she was… I do know She and Ralph was such a big part of our little community and so many lives . She will be missed by so many……. Remember the Good Lord does not give us more than he conditions us for…… I pray that the Good Lord lets you all surpass the days of sadness. And fluids you with an abundance of fun laughing memories of her and your dad’s (papa) life. That you can share with each one of your kids.
    May God Bless You All

  22. Sherri and family, so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I hope all of you have many wonderful memories to remember.

  23. Pat Sommerfeld Lyon

    So sorry to learn of Irene’s passing. I have had her on my mind a lot lately. I cannot travel on my own to visitation or funeral and have no one to bring me, but I will keep you all in my prayers. I still miss your dad so much and now will be missing your mom too. Please know I am with you in thought and prayer. Please keep in touch.

  24. Kenneth and Family….so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. Will keep you in our prayers. It’s so very hard to lose our parents. God bless you

  25. Aunt tuffy!! We will forever love you and miss you/.. Go rest high on that mountain!!! Give papa and uncle Ralph a big hug from me….. Rest in peace

  26. Ann, Peggy, JoJo & Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you all close to our hearts and in our prayers.

    God Bless.

  27. Vickie McLarnon Garelis

    I was a new Mom when I moved next door to the Sommerfelds back in 1978. My family lived in Dallas so I adopted ALL of the Sommerfelds as my local family. They all had a role in my life in one way or another. One day I went next door and told Tuffy that my baby was teething and I was going crazy. She told me to give her a green onion and let her chew on it.
    I thought she was crazy and the thought of my sweet baby chewing on an onion made me shutter. Back then we did not have Google so I just went for it!
    She was right! No more crying baby and we were friends for life!!! Sweet memories! Love and healing prayers to the family and friends of my friend, Irene.

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