Margaret J. Hammer (nee Stiehm)

March 13, 1919 - Sept. 10, 2006

Margaret J. Hammer (nee Stiehm) of West Bend entered into eternal peace Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Kirkland Crossings in Pewaukee at age 87.

Margaret was born March 13, 1919, to the late Dr. Paul and Henrietta (nee Schmook) Stiehm in Johnson Creek. Her family moved to Milwaukee, where she was raised and attended Milwaukee Washington High School, graduating in the Class of 1937. After graduation, she attended Prospect Hall Business School. After dating Charles H. Hammer for six years, the couple married in Milwaukee on April 25, 1942. Soon after their marriage, Charles was called to active duty for his country. Upon his return, the couple resided in the Washington, D.C., area, where they began a loving family of their own. In 1945, they moved back to Milwaukee, and a year later they found residence in West Bend.

She enjoyed playing bridge and golfing, and after retirement, they loved spending time in Arizona and traveling extensively. Margaret was also active in her community through the West Bend Country Club as the president of the Womenís Club and the Ladies Auxiliary at St. Josephís Hospital. She was also a very active leader of the altar guild, a Sunday school teacher, a leader of the prayer chains at every church she belonged to and volunteered her time and energy to work at Cedar Lake Healthcare Center. Charles and Margaret were one of five couples that started Our Saviorís Lutheran Church in 1959.

Margaret is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Charles H. Hammer; her two dear sons, David (Barbara) Hammer of Waukesha and Rick (Kathy) Hammer of North Prairie; five cherished grandchildren, Scott (Angela) Hammer of Waukesha, Mark (Amanda) Hammer of Oconomowoc, Jeanine (Peter) Nordquist of Nashville, Tenn., Carolyn Hammer of Washington, D.C., and Gayle Hammer of Chicago; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Maicy, Dylan, Brooke and Jayden Hammer and Emma Joy Nordquist. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other special relatives and friends. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Helen Bartelt and Lois Grutza; and her brother-in-law, Walter Hammer.

Visitation will be held from noon until a 2 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 13, at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, with the Rev. Jeff Dorth officiating. Entombment will follow the funeral service at 3:30 p.m. at Washington County Memorial Park.

The family would like to express their appreciation for memorials that are offered in lieu of flowers to St. Johnís Lutheran Church or Kirkland Crossings, 700 Quinlan Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

They would also like to extend their sincere gratitude to Vitas Hospice, Kirkland Crossings, Visiting Angels and other home-care providers for the wonderful care and compassion that was offered to Margaret and the Hammer family.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. For more information, call 338-2050 or visit online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.