KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Doris C. Hammes, 83, died June 22, 2012, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Doris was born on Nov. 9, 1928, to Emma Kreis, who had recently emigrated from Germany. She attended St. James Grade School and Aquinas High School, La Crosse, graduating from Aquinas in 1946. She studied bookkeeping at Western Wisconsin Technical College and then worked for Ed Phillips and Midwest Bottle Gas. She was a charter member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Onalaska.
In 1960, she married William G. Hammes at St. Patrick’s Church in Onalaska. They were the first couple to be married in the new church. Their one child, Rose, was born in 1962. In the 1970s, she “retired” from her first career and spent the next 25 years as the “playground lady” for St. Patrick’s Grade School, Onalaska. She always spoke fondly of her memories of the nearly 7,500 students she worked with over the years and enjoyed watching their careers through high school, college and beyond.
She officially retired in 1999 and then moved with her daughter to La Crosse, Winona, Minn., and to Kansas in 2010. She was a resident of Tonganoxie, Kan., at her death.
She is survived by her daughter, Rose A. Hammes, of Tonganoxie, Kan.; several cousins in Wisconsin and in Germany; a brother-in-law, George Hammes of Platteville, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Judy Hammes of Minneapolis; many nieces and nephews of the Hammes family; and her three beloved dogs, Lucky, Winner and Java.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; and her mother, Emma Kreis.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Onalaska. The Reverend Steve Kachel will officiate and burial will be in Catholic Cemetery on Losey Blvd. in La Crosse. Family and friends may call at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and again at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.