Carol Jean Hammel, 70, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Thursday one hour before the service at the church. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Decorah, with Rev. Mark Kvale officiating. Organist is Paul Bruvold. Soloist is Sarah Hammel. Congregational hymns are "What a Friend We Have In Jesus," "How Great Thou Art" and "Beautiful Savior." Casket bearers are Douglas Dickman, Albert Ashbacher, Keith Sersland, Chuck Ihde, Brian Snyder, Dennis Keefe, Randy Lovstuen and David Thorsten. Honorary bearers are Birthday Club members. Interment is at Washington Prairie Lutheran Cemetery, rural Decorah. Arrangements are being handled by Fjelstul Funeral Home, Decorah. fjelstul.com.
Carol was born March 12, 1943, in Decorah, the daughter of Leonard and Hattie (Matter) Keefe. She was baptized and confirmed at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church, rural Decorah. She attended Pleasant Township elementary school and was a 1961 graduate of Decorah High School. Carol was married to Roger Hammel Dec. 2, 1962, at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with two children, Bonnie and Bruce. Carol worked at DECO and Wapsie Produce in Decorah and for 20 years she worked at Aase Haugen Home, retiring in 2011. Carol was a member of Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and was active in Martha Circle. She was a meticulous homemaker. She enjoyed baking and sewing for her family and gardening. Going to Marquette gambling with her sisters, Kay and Joann were fun times. While her children were in school she took a great interest in their sporting and school activities; more recently, spending time with her grandchildren, John and Thomas was most treasured.
Carol is survived by her husband, Roger of Decorah; two children, Bonnie (David Brown) Hammel of Maple Park, Ill. and Bruce Hammel of Decorah; two grandchildren, John and Thomas Hammel and their mother, Kim Wolfort Hammel of Decorah; sisters and brothers: Rosemary (Alton) Lovstuen of Cedar Rapids, Joann (Robert) Thorsten of Decorah, Thomas Keefe of Racine, Wis., Kay (Norman) Ihde of Decorah and William (Gail) Keefe of Decorah; three aunts: Margaret Sorenson of Decorah, Ethel Sensor of Decorah and Bernice Landswerk of Texas; one sister-in-law, Rita (Duane) Snyder of Decorah; and one brother-in-law, Richard (Barbara) Hammel of Decorah. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Hattie Keefe; and one brother, Leon Barth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Washington Prairie Lutheran Church.