Grandma E’ Dearly Loved Her Family


Funeral services for Evelyn Hamann, of Mobridge were held Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Kesling Funeral Chapel.
Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Evelyn Irene Hamann died peacefully at Hospice House of the Hills in Rapid City on March 11, 2012, at the age of 97.
Evelyn (Swanson) Hamann was born on May 30, 1914 in Hatton, N.D., to Swan and Clara (Larson) Swanson. The family lived briefly in Marion, N.D., and then Roslyn where Evelyn attended grade school. They moved to Woonsocket where she graduated from high school in 1931. The next year her family moved to Mobridge where Evelyn made her home for more than 75 years. She was first employed at Olson Pharmacy and then as bookkeeper for Mobridge Creamery and Produce.
On July 11, 1939, Evelyn married Clarence (C.J.) Hamann at Independence, Iowa. While her husband served in the U.S. Army overseas during World War II, she lived in Seattle, Wash., and worked as a bookkeeper for the Artcraft and Engraving Company. After the war she and C.J. returned to Mobridge and operated the Palace Lounge. which they owned from 1946 to 1957. They purchased Hamann’s Grocery in 1957. C.J. died in 1959 and Evelyn continued to operate the grocery store until 1966. She was later employed at the Spiry Clinic and Mobridge Medical Clinic until she retired in 1984.
Evelyn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church Women. She was also a lifetime member of th Mobridge Moose Lodge. An avid bowler, Evelyn was a member of the WIBC, attending many state and national tournaments. She was a lifetime member of local and state bowling associations.

In her retirement she spent countless hours creating beautiful counted-cross stitch projects. Evelyn enjoyed playing whist and bingo with her friends, as well as working on crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She also loved reading and was an avid sports fan.

In 2007 after years of living independently, she decided to move to Rapid City to live with her daughter, where she resided until her death. She also spent several winters as a snowbird in Tucson, Ariz., with her son and daughter-in-law. Known as “Grandma E,” she dearly loved her three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren who felt she were the light of their lives.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Diane Pawelski of Rapid City, and son, Don (Shirley) Hamann of Tucson; grandsons, Scott (Corrina) Hamann of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Matt (Michelle) Pawelski of Rapid City; granddaughter, Melanie (Brian) Price of Colorado Springs; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Ben Hamann,and Lily and Ella Price, all of Colorado Springs, Ethan Pawelski of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Hannah Pawelski of Rapid City; sisters, Marian Holliday and Virginia Sunderhaft both of Lowville, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and sisters, Helen Olson and Phyllis Radtke.

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