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Betty Hammer -- Rochester

November 29, 2018

Betty Hammer, of Rochester, formerly of Huron, S.D., passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2018, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, Rochester.

Betty was born on Feb. 8, 1939, in Huron, S.D., to Bill and Lillian Knutz. They lived on a farm in Beadle County, where she attended Sunnyside School and Virgil High School. In 1957, their home was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. They moved to town, where Betty graduated from Huron High School with the class of 1957.

After graduation, she took a job with the Dakota Central Telephone Company, and married Walter Hammer; they were later divorced.

She worked at the Hickory House Motor Inn, both behind the front desk and later as general manager. She attended Huron University in pursuit of a nursing degree, and later achieved A+ Certification in computer repair. She moved to Rochester in 2004 to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law.

She loved farm life, and had a soft spot in her heart for animals, little kids, and anyone down on their luck. In 2012, she moved to Cottagewood Senior Communities. She enjoyed visits with her family and her pastor, listening to musical entertainment, and going for rides in the golf cart. She enjoyed many friendships at Cottagewood, especially among the staff.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Gary) Seeman of Rochester, Kevin (Colette) Hammer of Florence, Ala., and Debra (David) Wilson of Bartlesville, Okla.; grandchildren, Chris (Barbie) Seeman of Plainview, Adam Seeman of Rochester, Mary (Marcial) Guevara of Amarillo, Texas, Abby and Wesley Hammer of Florence, Ala., and Max Wilson of Norman, Okla.; seven great-granddaughters, Alyssa, Ariana, Sierra, Tori, Olivia, Ava and Leah; and a brother, Don (Cheryl) Knutz of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, June Hammer; a brother, Bill Knutz III; a son, Michael Hammer, and a great-grandson, Christopher Gary Seeman.

Special thanks to Cottagewood and St. Croix Hospice for the love and care they gave to her.

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