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Carolyn Hammer

Carolyn Jean Hammer, 78, of rural Moccasin Township, Altamont, passed away peacefully at 7:35 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, rural Altamont, with Rev. David R. Speers officiating. Visitation for family and friends was conducted from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, and again from 10 a.m. until the funeral service time of on Thursday morning at the church.

Christian burial rites were conducted at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Moccasin Township, immediately following the funeral service.

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Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund and or the choice of the donor.

Carolyn was born into the Christian family, one of six siblings, of Joseph and Cleo Musser-Phillips. She began her long life on February 4, 1939, at the family farm, Loudon Township, Fayette County. She was raised in the Beecher City area and graduated from Beecher City High School with the class of 1956. Carolyn married Norman E. Hammer in the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church, rural Altamont, on January 11, 1958, by the Rev. H.T. Schmidt.

Carolyn spent her life in the local area as a farm wife and with her husband raised a family of five children.

She was a member of the St. Paul “Blue Point” Lutheran Church. Carolyn enjoyed her family and was most active in gardening, sewing, canning, quilting and crocheting.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Norman Eugene Hammer, of Altamont; sons Douglas (wife, Kimberly) Hammer, of Altamont; and Ronald Hammer, of Altamont; daughters, Debra (husband, Dennis) Bales, of Altamont; and Pamela (husband, Kenneth) Kaufman, of Shumway; sister, Mrs. Robert “Bob” (Shirley) Keneller, of Shelbyville; brother-in-law, Floyd Dial, of Altamont; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Kenneth Phillips and Cleo Frances Musser-Phillips; son, Dennis Allen Hammer; brothers, Donald, and his wife Ann, Phillips; and Harold, and his wife Edna, Phillips; sister, Darlene, and her husband Ronald, Holley; and twin sister, Marilyn Dial.