Kathleen M. Hammen, 99

Kathleen M. Hammen (Nee Roche) was guided by her guardian angels peacefully into eternal life at the age of 99 on Friday, March 5, 2010, surrounded by family in the Mequon home of her daughter, Peggy

(John) Jessel, where she lived for the last seven years.

Kathleen was reunited with the love of her life, her husband, Robert F. Hammen Sr., with whom she celebrated their golden wedding anniversary before he passed away in 1990.

Kathleen was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 1, 1911, to Michael J. and Maude Powers Roche, who were originally from Salt Mills, County Wexford, and Passage, County Waterford, Ireland. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen will be remembered and dearly missed by her children, Robert F. (Sara) Hammen Jr. and John R.

(Nancy) Hammen; grandchildren, Peggy Sue Stelzner, Robert (Lori) Jessel, Justin (Lynn) Hammen, Courtney Hammen, Ashley Hammen, Chad Hammen, Cory (Stephani) Hammen, and Christy (David) Butler; great- grandchildren, Alex and Jacob Jessel, Jessica Stelzner, Emily and Rhett Butler, Paige Hammen and Dario Hammen; sister, Betty Wahl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; granddaughter, Amy Jessel; and siblings, Michael (Betty) Roche, James (Cecile), Margaret Roche, Ann (Ambrose) Fleming, Agnes (Eddie) Miller; and brother-in-law, Louis Wahl.

Visitation will be at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service, 10280 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, on Wednesday, March 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with family prayer at 7 p.m. A gathering will be held at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 138 W. Buntrock Ave., Thiensville, on Thursday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. A luncheon will immediately follow. Private entombment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Kathleen was a graduate of St. Johnís Cathedral High School, and attended Wisconsin State Teachers College. Kathleen regaled us with stories about her time as a hosiery and lingerie buyer for Boston Store. After marriage, Kathleen was a longtime resident of Shorewood and Mequon.

Known to many as "Nana," she was a fiercely independent dreamer with a heart of gold and the Irish charm, wit and sense of humor to match.

Kathleen loved life, family, religion, Irish music, gardening, animals and nature, even fishing in Door County last summer. She always stayed topical on current events, sports and politics. Thanks to Steve and Johnnie at WGN for helping her through the endless nights, and to Ron Santo and Pat Hughes for bringing her the sounds of her beloved Cubs.

Special thanks for the loving care and friendship of Barbara Boelter.

Barbara and Nana were a familiar sight exploring the neighborhoods of Mequon and Cedarburg. Additional thanks to Mona Simpson and Linda Schmalz.

The family wishes to acknowledge the aid and comfort provided by Dr.

Mehran Edalatpour and Wheaton Franciscan Home Hospice staff, Betty Mosgaller, Pam Boyd and Remi Aderbogun.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Ozaukee County Humane Society, Ozaukee County Interurban Trail (c/o Ozaukee County Historical Society) or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family. To send online condolences, see www.schmidtandbartelt.com.