Rosemary Hammar passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017. She slipped out of this world quietly, unlike the spunky way she lived it, an ‘Energizer Bunny’ always in motion.
We never called her ‘Mom’. It was first ‘Mother’ but evolved into the friendlier ‘Mudder’, and then ‘Mudd’, a name she embraced since she didn’t really like her given name Rosemary. Everyone called her Mudd.
Born February 18, 1922, in St. Louis, Oregon, Rosemary was one of six kids raised well by their parents, Lawrence and Marie Ferschweiler. Siblings: Tom Ferschweiler (d.1983) writer/editor for The Oregon Journal and The Oregonian for 30 years (Phyllis); Sister Rita Ferschweiler, a Sister of Providence and former administrator of St. Vincent Hospital; Cyril Ferschweiler (d.1998) (Anita); Lloyd Ferschweiler (Kathleen d.2009); Doris Davidson (d.1999) (Don d.2004).
Rosemary was married to Dr. Carl Hammar from 1941 until his death in 1984. Their children carry on her tradition of outspoken opinions: Carole (married to David Ortwein many years), Joanne (Rich Brenden), Sally (Bob Vandehey), Susan (Rick Harrison), Jack Hammar (married to Beth Burback many years), and ‘adopted’ son Robert Sanford (Phyllis, children Lauren & Jillian). Grandchildren: Michael, Mariel, Jessi, Alex, Zach, Lyla & Jackson. Great-grandchild: Matthew.
Rosemary was multi-talented, although she swore she couldn’t do anything. She managed her husband’s dental office, maintained her 4-acre property in North Bend, Oregon, while constantly knitting her children and grandchildren sweaters and canning wild blackberry jam. She made without a doubt THE BEST almond roca and Thanksgiving dinner, and crewed along with her husband on their Geary-18 sailboat, although she swam like a rock.
Her favorite things in life were walking on the beach with her dog, camping at Crescent Lake, and looking out the window at her view of Coos Bay. We are sure that she was imagining herself in those places as she passed gently out of this world and onto her next unknown adventure.
Although she loved flowers, please consider instead a donation in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter.
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