Katie Hamm (nee Hoeppner) passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in the Altona Community Memorial Health Care Centre.
She will be missed by her four children Marvin (Marci) Friedman Hamm, Gerald (Ginette Roy) Hamm, Gordon (Lara Petkau) Hamm, Sylvia (Ken) Barnes, and eight grandchildren; her eight siblings Helen Letkeman, Sarah Kemp, Jim Hoeppner, John Hoeppner, Doris Hamm, Abe Hoeppner, Donald Hoeppner and David Hoeppner. Katie was predeceased by her husband Bruno Hamm, her parents Jacob and Justina (Suderman) Hoeppner, parents-in-law John and Marie (Hamm) Hamm, brother Pete Hoeppner, sisters Jean Morris, Marge Funk, Dianne Braun, brothers-in-law Abe Letkeman, Jim Kemp, Bert Hamm, Edwin Morris, Charlie Braun and sisters-in-law Verna Hoeppner and Tina Hoeppner and several nieces and nephews.
Katie was born in Hofnungsort where she helped on the farm doing field work, chores and assisting her father with his mechanical endeavours. She began domestic work soon after completing grade 8 and later went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse working in Winkler and Altona Hospitals. In 1954 she married Bruno Hamm, briefly living in Winnipeg before settling in Altona.
After her marriage Katie managed the household raising 4 children. Using her resourcefulness and many talents she spent long hours cooking, canning and sewing for the family.
Katie had a strong commitment to her faith, attending church Ladies Aid group and Bible studies. She also volunteered at the MCC Thrift Store working in the store, sewing blankets and knitting many dishcloths.
In 2008 Katie suffered the first of several strokes from which she made remarkable recoveries which she felt were a calling for her to continue to witness and work for the Lord in whatever capacity she had.
Katie was lovingly surrounded by her family during her last days. The family would like to express its deep gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the Gardens on Tenth, Homecare and Altona Memorial Health Centre staff during her last few months.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Altona Bergthaler Church. Interment took place at the Neubergthal Cemetery. Donations in memory of Katie may be made to MCC.
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