It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Renate Erika Hamer, 99 years young, of Dartmouth on January 19, 2021. Born in Linz, Austria on January 11, 1922 she came to America in 1947. She was the widow of Gilman Ellsworth Hamer, Sr. and was happily married for 59 years.
Renate leaves behind three children, Erika Hamer of Dartmouth, Gilman E. Hamer, Jr. of Dartmouth and Philip H. Hamer of Galveston, TX; seven grandchildren, Raymond Martel and wife Michelle of Biddeford, ME, Bridget Martel of New Bedford, Abbie Dore and husband Nate of Saugus, Molie Hamer of Dartmouth, Clayton Hamer and wife Danette of Austin, TX, Kelly Hamer and wife Jennifer of Austin, TX and Philip Hamer and wife Heather of Santa Maria, CA; 15 great grandchildren, Michael, Cody, Caylee, Cozette, Lillian, Dashiell, Lucia, Troy, Ashley, Cortney, Remy, Kaydence, Raven, Connor and Koen; a niece, Ursula Moestl and husband Harald of Linz, Austria; also her very close friend, Olie Elias and special neighbors the Gaspardi Family.
Renate was a member of the Smith Mills Church of which she was organist and choir director for over 20 years and also a member of the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth. She was a professional Calligrapher, artist, poet, musician and composer of which she had several compositions and artwork copyrighted. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, visits from friends and playing her piano.
Thank you to all the nurses and CNA’s at Hathaway Manor Nursing Facility and the nurses at Compassionate care.
Funeral Arrangements for immediate family will be under the direction of the Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford with burial in the Rural Cemetery, New Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Amedisys Foundation, 3854 American Way, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or www.amedisys.com/donate,( this is the address and website for Compassionate care).
A celebration of Renate’s life will be held at a later date. For memorial register please visit, www.hathawayfunerals.com.
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