Justine “Grammy” Caroline Matko Somers, 93, died unexpectedly on January 1, 2019 in Durham, NC. She was born on October 23, 1925 in Franklin, New Jersey to parents Andrew John and Julianna Kukuda Matko.
Justine was an inspiring woman of boundless interests. A graduate of Brooklyn College and New York University, she spent her professional life as an entrepreneur, a dietician, a food service director, a restauranteur, a caterer, and librarian. She was an avid reader, a swimmer, a chef, a card shark, a needlecrafter, a coin collector, a pianist, and a passionate Durham Bulls fan. Above all, Justine was a fiercely loyal friend and ardently devoted to her family.
Justine is survived by her sons William and his wife Robin, Andrew and his wife Anna; her grandchildren Meredith, Marybeth and her husband Jon, Tracy, Julianna and her husband Alex, Peter; and her family by affection Craig and Josephine.
A visitation will be held Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 2-4pm at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W Main Street, Durham. NC, 27701. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC. Those who wish to remember Justine in a special way may join the family on Durham Bulls Opening day, April 11, 2019. The Somers family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC