Laura Beth Somerlot

  • Born: June 19, 1973
  • Died: July 6, 2018
  • Location: Sugar Grove, Illinois

Healy Chapel

370 Division Dr
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Tel. (630) 466-1330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Laura Beth Somerlot passed away on July 6, 2018. She was born in Normal, IL on June 19, 1973.

Laura was a devoted and loving mother and wife who dedicated herself to bringing good and joy to the world. Through her thoughtful, self-sacrificing and nurturing nature, Laura served at church, through missions and worked countless hours as a volunteer for many organizations. Laura was an accomplished business professional working in the finance section for Fermi Lab in Batavia, IL and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine University in 2004. Laura's love of crafts is proudly displayed by those around her in the form of scarfs, hats and an uncountable assortment of wearables. Wherever Laura went, so did a ball of yarn and a crochet needle. Laura was a quiet and introverted person, but always found a way of bringing a smile to those around her. Although Laura will be missed, the mark that she left on the world through her love and compassion will never fade.

Laura is survived by her husband, Michael; children; Annelise, Elizabeth and Daniel; mother, Rae Barton; brother, Michael Barton.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Barton, and brother, Matthew Barton.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 10 AM until time of service 12 PM at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. A private family burial to follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Laura in high school at Naperville Central and she always flew above the fray in a kind and gentle way. She may have been introverted, but I knew the rivers ran deep despite high school not being the easiest time for any of us (just the normal stresses of being a teenager). I know she had great taste in music, was a "creative" and I can only imagine how much she loved her family and children just based on the person she was in 1990. My condolences to her family and friends. I saw this post shortly after learning of Laura's passing and I thought it was appropriate. "Solitude isn't loneliness. It is a subtly wild revival. A caress of the primal self. It's when the entire universe rains music, surrounding you like a hand, returning you to song." -written by Victoria Erickson, poet. God bless.

Posted by Kristen Ude - Austin, TX - Classmate   July 12, 2018

I am so very sorry to read of Laura's passing. Please know that all my thoughts, love, and prayers are headed your way. Although I never got to know her the fact that she was a Somerlot was all that I needed to love her. Please let me know if there's anything at all that I can do to help!

Posted by Ellen Pratt McKirgan - Washington Court House, OH - Family   July 11, 2018

My sympathies to Laura's family. Laura was my puzzle buddy here at Fermilab. I will miss her friendship and her smile.

Posted by Mary Cook - Warrenville, IL - Coworker   July 11, 2018

Laura and I had the unique relationship of being both work colleagues and McDole/PTO Moms. We would talk about our kids, McDole, our PTO work, and our day-to-day jobs pretty much in that order!
I told her how great it was that Daniel won the school spelling bee, and she was beaming with pride! She talked about how fast her kids were growing and her sentiment that Daniel was the last one at McDole.
I would see her every other week in a meeting at my building and we'd often have these mini-chats after. The conference room is past my office, so I wouldn't go until I saw Laura walk by. She always lightened the mood with her humorous quips. Our next meeting is Tuesday. That one is going to be rough. She still owes my boss a Coke from Wilson Hall!
I happened to open our PTO Facebook page after I heard the news on Monday morning, and Laura's last post was at the top of the page from February. It turned out that someone made a cute comment on it on Saturday not knowing she was already gone. Then, someone liked the post, and I put a heart on it, and those things kept that post at the forefront of the page for the majority of the day, before anyone else knew. It was bittersweet, because it was a cute post about her Box Tops program.
I was on the PTO Board and her program was one of the subcommittees assigned to me to overlook. However, I had nothing to do, because Laura had it under control. Her efforts raised hundreds of dollars for our school. It just goes to show what one person can do, and how our actions touch so many.
The sheer amount of us that are saddened and shocked by her passing is a true testament to a life well lived. They say the best life is one where people are smiling when you are born and crying when you are gone - so, I say she's done good!
Although, if she were to walk into the room, I just know her face would turn at least 5 shades of red as she would NOT want all this attention!
I will always remember her fondly.
She will be missed.

Posted by Dawn Staszak - Aurora, IL - Friend   July 11, 2018

We, of course, are devastated about Laura's passing. Though we didn't see her but once or twice a year, usually with crochet needle in hand, she was always a joy to be with. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted by Jim and Vivian Craig - Deerfield, IL - Family   July 11, 2018

Laura was one of my childhood friends who brought me a smile when she moved to my neighborhood and almost daily for years after. I will always cherish these memories. Her family is in my thoughts at this very difficult time.

Posted by Hanna Stevens - Classmate   July 11, 2018

I am so so sorry.
Thinking and praying for your family.

Posted by Becky Zolezzi - Naperville, IL - Friend   July 11, 2018

Deepest sympathy to your family on your great loss.

Posted by Ellen Huxtable - Batavia, IL - Family Friend   July 11, 2018

With deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with Laura's family. Laura was a wonderful co-worker, and she will never be forgotten.

Posted by Monica Ionutas - Aurora, IL - Coworker   July 10, 2018

So very sorry to hear such sad news Mike. Just wanted to let you know I may be retired, but not from remembering you and praying for your family.

Posted by Gloria geddes - Sugar grove, IL - Coworker   July 10, 2018

I am so deeply sorry to hear of Laura's passing. I loved working with her at Waubonsee, she is truly a special person with special gifts. May God's peace be with you all.

Posted by Michele Kellen - Oswego, IL - Coworker   July 10, 2018

My deepest condolences and prayers to Laura's family and friends. Heaven has gained another Angel.

Posted by Lisa Vega (Fermilab) - Batavia, IL - Coworker   July 10, 2018

Laura was a joy to work with (Waubonsee) May God's peace, comfort and strength envelope her family and friends now and always.

Posted by Valerie Spizzirri - Sugar Grove, IL - Friend   July 10, 2018

Deeply saddened to hear of Laura's passing. Thoughts and prayers to Michael, children and family.
Laura was a co-worker (Waubonsee) and friend.

Posted by Bonnie Rodriguez - Friendship, WI - Friend   July 10, 2018

I am sorry to hear of Laura's passing. May your family find comfort from God during this difficult time.

Sandra (Fermilab)

Posted by Sandra Efstathiou - Batavia, IL - Coworker   July 10, 2018

Michael, I was so saddened to here of Laura's sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely, Ginny Kelly

Posted by Ginny Kelly - Naperville, IL - Friend   July 09, 2018

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