Anita L. Sohm

Anita L. Sohm

September 6, 1946 – March 14, 2020

 

Survived by husband, Charles E. “Chuck” Sohm, nieces and nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE to be announced.


Anita Louise Sohm was born in Canton, Ohio, but when she was 8 years old her mother and dad packed up the family to join her older sister and her family who had moved to Southern California. After she graduated from high school, she attended Chaffey College. She took a class where they found a job for their students and was told to report to the College Athletic Director, who asked her three questions: Do you type? Do you take shorthand? Do you like sports? Answering yes to all three got her a job in the men’s athletic department. After she graduated, that job was made full time for her and she worked there for seven years. She was an avid sports fan so this was the perfect job. She even wrote and illustrated the coaches football playbook.

During that time, she met Chuck when her friends convinced her to attend a dance at the Air Force base about 30 miles away from her home. That was the first time she had attended the dance and the first time Chuck had attended. They were married three and a half years later on March 15, 1969. A few years later, the Air Force moved Anita and Chuck to Tucson, Arizona for 22 months. Then back to Southern California. In Southern California she was about 30 miles from her family and got her old job back at the men’s athletic department where she worked for another four years.

Next they went to RAF Lakenheath in England. What a wonderful assignment! After England, the Air Force moved them to SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. They spent a total of seven years in Europe and traveled extensively and somehow both found time to finish their Bachelor of Science Degrees through the University of Maryland. Of course, taking classes that involved traveling was a great way to get their degrees. In 1984, the Air Force moved them again; this time it was to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where eventually both Anita and Chuck retired. Chuck served 26 years in the Air Force. Anita joined civil service while they were in Belgium and completed 30 years of service in the budget career area and retired on April 1, 2011 (yes, April fool’s day).

Anita had three older sisters, but they all passed away before her. She is survived by two nieces; three nephews, and their families, all in Southern California. Chuck has a sister; a brother; two nieces, and nephews; all live Oregon and one nephew in Southern California.

Anita’s passion was for almost all sports, but especially college football and, of course, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Anita and Chuck were both very active in many Masonic organizations. They were members of Alpha Chapter #325 OES in Bellevue and served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron in 2005. She was appointed as Grand Warder by PGM Bev Donham and PGP Jim Dusch in the “Stars Across the Prairie” Grand Family. Anita loved being a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was honored and humbled by being the 2017-18 Worthy Grand Matron. She loved everyone for their support and encouragement.

Anita passed away peacefully on the afternoon of March 14, 2020, the eve of their 51st Anniversary, following a 33 month battle with brain cancer. At the time she was a resident of the Nebraska Masonic Home in the third floor medical wing. Chuck visited almost daily and arrangements were made for him to visit even after the Home was quarantined as a precaution against the Covid 19 menace. He is so grateful for the loving care she received there. Funeral and memorial arrangements will be made after the travel and “social separation” restrictions are removed.

 

 

21 Comments

  • Chuck Sohm Posted March 17, 2020 10:36 am

    Memorials to the Nebraska Eastern Star Service and Therapy Dog Project. If sent to me or to the funeral home I will get them to Lincoln. Thank you all for your caring and concern. Your prayers kept her going.

  • Thomas Brummett Posted March 17, 2020 11:31 am

    So sorry for your loss Chuck. She was a great lady. If you need anything, you know where we are. Tom & Randy

  • Jay and Linda Johnson Posted March 17, 2020 1:30 pm

    Chuck we are so sorry to hear of Anita’s passing. May it comfort you to know she is now at peace and with her Lord and Savior. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. If we can do anything for you please let us know.

  • Hal Cottrell Posted March 17, 2020 2:00 pm

    You are in Tricia’s and my prayers.

  • Lawrence Adam Posted March 17, 2020 2:28 pm

    Really sorry for your loss Chuck

  • Scott Knudsen, State Captain Posted March 17, 2020 3:06 pm

    On behalf of myself and our 3500 Nebraska Patriot Guard Riders

  • Scott Knudsen Posted March 17, 2020 3:20 pm

    On behalf of myself and the 3500 Nebraska Patriot Guard Riders, we share our most sincere condolences and heartfelt sorry to our own PGR Assistant State Captain Chuck Sohm for his loss. Chuck, Just as you have been here for us and our Military and First Responder Heroes we are here for you. Anita was a wonderful person and shall be deeply missed.

  • Bruce & Cindy Cornwell Posted March 17, 2020 4:13 pm

    Cindy and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers at this difficult time.

  • Dan & Yong Alsti Posted March 17, 2020 5:25 pm

    You and your family are in our prayers in this time of sorrow

  • Bill and Pat Garner Posted March 17, 2020 5:49 pm

    Wish you the very best we will all miss Anita.

  • Charlie Marchand Posted March 17, 2020 5:58 pm

    We were saddened to learn of Anita’s death..Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Chuck.

  • Myron BELL Posted March 17, 2020 6:39 pm

    Myron Jr, Kelly and the girls want to send our thoughts and prayers to you

  • Greg Norton Posted March 17, 2020 9:09 pm

    Very lovely lady that will be missed by all. Prayers to you and the family

  • Robert K Throckmorton Posted March 17, 2020 9:59 pm

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers

  • Steve Wiseman Posted March 18, 2020 12:25 am

    May God watch over you all as Anita is in Heaven on a well earned rest.

  • Betty Garwood Posted March 18, 2020 10:57 am

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Anita was a friend and such an extraordinary example of grit and determination. You were the wind beneath her wings. Take care of yourself just as you cared for Anita. Thinking of you.

  • Robert Zuhlke Posted March 18, 2020 7:55 pm

    Thinking of you.

  • Mike And Pam Gardner Posted March 18, 2020 10:51 pm

    Chuck we are so sorry your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are wit you

  • Betty and John Kirby Posted March 19, 2020 7:29 am

    Our prayers are with you Chuck. Anita was such a special presence to all who knew her. She will be missed by many. No matter how long we have a loved one, it never seems like we have them long enough.

  • Dee and Jon Schuetz Posted March 19, 2020 9:25 am

    Chuck, we have lost a very dear Sister. Anita was one if a kind and the world was better because she was in it. Our love and sympathy!

  • marilyn krautkremer Posted March 19, 2020 10:07 am

    I am so sorry. I worked with Anita for several years at the Base Legal Office. She was a great friend and co-worker and a great secretary to the many bosses she had to work for. She always had a smile on her face and was a delight to work with. I will miss her. Chuck, if you need anything you know where we are. Butch and Marilyn Krautkremer

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