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Barton G. VanSomeren

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 26, 2019 @ 12:59 pm In Obituaries | 3 Comments

Barton George VanSomeren, 72, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Southeastern Veteran’s Center. He was the loving husband of Phyllis Laurino VanSomeren, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.

Born in Laurence Harbor, NJ, he was the son of the late Albertus and Matilda VanSomeren.

A Sergeant in the Air Force, he did a tour of duty in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Bart received his Associate’s Degree from Middlesex County College. He became a Registered Professional Reporter after attending Cittone Institute from Edison, NJ. He taught Court Reporting at Cittone Institute, Roberts Walsh Academy, and Harrisburg Area Community College. He retired as a Court Reporter from Dauphin County Courthouse after 22 years. Bart was also affiliated with the PA Chapter of the National Court Reporters Association in assisting with coordinating speakers and had also been a speaker himself.

A lifetime member of the Episcopal Church, Bart loved playing organ and being the Acolyte Director.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children; Dawn Marie (her husband Robert) Boyle and Paul Robert VanSomeren. Also surviving are two grandchildren; Josephine Evelyn Miller and Angelina VanSomeren, two step grandchildren, Victoria and Alexa Boyle, and two nephews; Eric (his wife Michele) VanSomeren, Sr., and Michael (his fiancé Susy Murgolo) VanSomeren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Barry VanSomeren and sister-in-law, Robin VanSomeren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602 at 4:00 PM. Parking will be available at the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602. A committal service will occur at 1:00 PM at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. If you plan on attending the graveside service, please arrive at the Administration Building 30 minutes prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to AseraCare Hospice Lancaster, 280 Granite Run Dr #180, Lancaster, PA 17601.


Condolences for the family of “Barton G. VanSomeren”

Condolence from Bonnie on August 27th, 2019 12:57 pm

I met Bart while teaching court reporting at HACC. I enjoyed his wit and humor and saw his kindness while teaching to our adult students. I did not know of his biography and all of his accomplishments, as he always had a humble demeanor.
My sincerely condolences to you and your family for the loss of this special man.
Bonnie Fuhrman

Condolence from Pam on August 27th, 2019 1:47 pm

I worked with Bart for many years at the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. He absolutely was the most comical man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I always told him he could make a second career out of being a stand-up comedian and all the court reporters would have loved to see him perform at our court reporter conventions his rendition of courtroom humor. Whenever I would cover his court in his absence, I saw the most beautiful photo of his wife Phyllis he always kept on display at his courtroom desk. I’ve thought of him often and have missed him since he retired and we lost touch with him here at work. My deepest sympathies goes out to his family and close friends at this time of mourning.
Pam Rigby

Condolence from Laurie and Michael Esposito on August 29th, 2019 6:53 am

We are so sad to hear of Bart’s passing, but relieved to know that he is safely wrapped in the arms of the lord where he is free of suffering. As neighbors of the VanSomeren family for nearly 25 years, we knew Bart as a kind, warm and extremely witty man who loved his family immensely. We miss standing at the fence in the yard and hearing Bart’s tales that always made us laugh, and we miss hearing his organ playing as we worked in the yard.
Phyllis, Paul, Dawn, Angelina and Josie, our thoughts are with you. Savor in your loving memories and take comfort in knowing he is in a better place now.
The Esposito Family

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