Laura C. Hammes

Laura C. Hammes, 93, of Kewaskum passed away on Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 12, 1916, in Saukville, the daughter of the late Emil and Barbara (Thennes) Kessler, and on April 27, 1940, she was united in marriage to John Hammes in Saukville. Her husband preceded her in death on July 29, 1983.

Laura was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum and St. Matthias Catholic Chapel in the town of Auburn. She was employed by Amity Leather Products Company in West Bend and later worked for Regal Ware. in Kewaskum for many years.

Those Laura leaves behind to cherish her memory include four children, Donald (Doris) Hammes and James (Ann) Hammes both of Campbellsport, Rita (Alfred) Schmitt of West Bend and Dianne (James) Kleinke of Cascade; 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, nine great great-grandchildren, two goddaughters, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Laura was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Laurie Hammes; a grandson, Dean Kleinke, four brothers and eight sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Laura will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2010, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum. Father Edwin Kornath will officiate and burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in St. Matthias Catholic Cemetery in the town of Auburn.

Relatives and friends may call on Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Laura’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at

Laura’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Samaritan Health Center for the compassionate care provided to Laura during her time at the Samaritan Health Center.