Jeanette Hammes

Jeanette Hammes


SIGOURNEY-Jeanette Hammes, age 93, of Sigourney, died Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.

Jeanette was born Nov. 13, 1927, near Harper, to Richard and Margaret (Sondag) Merz and graduated from St. Elizabeth High School.  On April 17, 1948, she married Floyd J. Hammes at St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota.  A lifelong resident of Keokuk County, Jeanette was a homemaker and co-owner of Hammes Crop Service.  She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sigourney, the Altar and Rosary Society, Keokuk County Hospice Auxiliary, was active with 4-H, volunteered at Manor House Care Center, was an avid Cyclones fan and enjoyed playing cards (or not), gardening, sewing, trips to Texas, going to calf shows and the Iowa State Fair.

Survivors include two daughters: Sheila Beckman of Larkspur, Colo and Cindy Hauschilt and husband Steve of Marengo; five sons: Dan and wife Sue of Denver, Colo, Ted and wife Terri of Story City, Scott and wife Deb of Cheyenne, Wyo., Lynn and wife Christine of Montezuma and Todd and wife Valerie of Clendenin, W.V.; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two sisters: Marlene Hammes of Delta and Danita Pergeau of Peoria, Ariz. and sister-in-law: Sue Merz of Harper.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Floyd in 2003; son-in-law: Matt Beckman; brother: Ron Merz and two sisters: Burnita Besser and Rose Mary Shannon.  

Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sigourney, with Rev. Robert Lathrop officiating.   Burial was at Holy Trinity Cemeteries - St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Harper.  Visitation was from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, April 23,  at the church, where there will be a vigil service at 4 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established for Essence of Life Hospice, St. Mary Catholic Church or Meals on Wheels.  Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Jeanette and her family.  Tributes may be made at




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