Bea Putnam

Bea Putnam

Thursday, October 24th, 1929 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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Anna Beatrice “Bea” Putnam, 90, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

She was born on October 24, 1929 in Cole County, a daughter of Adolph and Theresa Ehrhardt Sommerer. She was married on August 24, 1947 in California, Mo. to Fred Putnam who preceded her in death on September 25, 2001.

A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, she attended high school in Eugene, Mo.

Bea spent her years raising her two children and worked as a seamstress in town. After her kids were grown, she went on to do alterations at Penney’s and Franks Clothing Store. Bea then spent 20 years working with Homemaker Home Health Care. She loved the elderly and enjoyed taking care of them.

Bea joined Faith Lutheran Church when it opened and was the last living of the founding members. Her church was one of the most important things in her life. When Bea wasn’t sewing and doing alterations, she could be found quilting and cutting blocks of fabric. She assisted in making many beautiful quilts. She loved gathering and singing with her large family.

Survivors include: her children, Linda Lock of Liberty, Mo. and William Putnam of Camdenton, Mo.; her siblings, Margie Beck, Vernon Sommerer, Cleo Howard, Lolly Sommerer, Naomi Vetter and Lloyd Sommerer; her grandchildren, Dr. Merideth Nitzel (Scott), Heather Wheeler, Matthew Putnam, Heidi Sullivan and Aaron Lock; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and her best friend, Jane Putnam.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Theresa Sommerer; her husband, Fred Putnam; her brothers, Felix Sommerer, Mahlon Sommerer and Ehrhardt “Bud” Sommerer; and her sisters, Lillian Kueggle and Elizabeth Williams.

Visitation will be held at Faith Lutheran Church from 12:00 until 1:00 pm Saturday, July 18, 2020.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday, at Faith Lutheran Church with the Reverend Tony Alter officiating. Graveside services will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Calvary Lutheran High School, Jefferson City, Mo.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Faith Lutheran Church
    2027 Industrial Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 1:00pm
    Faith Lutheran Church
    2027 Industrial Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Reverend Tony Alter
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2600 West Main Street
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Jeff Patridge

Posted at 10:06pm
Bea was an original member of my Bible Study held at Hyder Apartments. She was a strong Christian, who was not afraid to ask me the tough questions. I am grateful for her asking those questions because they helped me to grow stronger as a Bible teacher and prepared me to be the pastor I am today. Also, she was an excellent cook. My family and I absolutely loved the apple and cherry pies that she would bake for us. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that made me pause our weekly Bible Study in March, I did not get a chance to tell her good-bye. I look forward to the day when I get to see here again.
Pastor Jeff Patridge


Don Erhardt Posted at 04:35pm

Bea was one of the “neighborhood mom’s” during my childhood in Jefferson City. Her husband, Fred, and my Dad, Ralph Erhardt, were fire fighters together. Our families worshiped together at Faith Lutheran. Linda and Billy were playmates of mine those many years ago. In recent years, I visited her occasionally when I was in Jeff, and tried to call to chat on the phone every few months. I was trying to call her TODAY but got no answer at that number she had over 70 years. I knew it for memory. Something told me to check for an obituary, and was surprised to find one from just a few weeks ago. I would have traveled to the visitation had I known. I have so many good memories of her and her family. I played the organ for Linda’s wedding. For years at Halloween Bea made popcorn balls. Linda,Billy, my brother Jim and I went trick-or-treating together and filled pillow cases of candy. On my last in person visit, she helped me get ready for the Ehrhardt/Erhardt family reunion and showed me many pictures. I offered to take a new walker to her brother in St. Louis. She was thankful as always. I met a new friend in the process. To Her family, I say you can be proud of Bea. She was faithful to the end and a great role model. She now has her crown of life. I will miss her.

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