Leona Rose (Rowe) Hammer

Born January 18, 1930 in Cement City, Michigan
Departed June 21, 2024 in West Melbourne, Florida

Leona Rose (Rowe) Hammer, 94, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her beloved family on June 21, 2024 in West Melbourne, Florida.

Leona was born on January 18, 1930, one of 11 children to Wilbur A. Rowe and Elizabeth A. Rowe. She graduated from Cement City High School at the age of 17 in 1947. She met and married her Husband William A. Hammer at age 18 on October 16, 1948. Together they built a life of 52 years until William passed away in September of 2000. Beyond being a dedicated wife, Leona was blessed to have three children William A. Hammer, Rachelle A. (Hammer) McNulty and Richard M. Hammer.

She was a school teacher and found immense joy working with children. She taught school overseas and in Florida. Beyond the classroom, Leona had a natural talent in golf winning tournaments and receiving many trophies. In her later years she volunteered at Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital finding fulfilment in helping others. She also enjoyed playing cards and dominos with family and friends. Leona traveled the world all throughout her life. She spent many of her retired years traveling all over with her best friend Betty Bramlett. Above all Leona was always dedicated to her family. She loved to host all the family gatherings, making sure to cook everyone’s favorite dish. Every Christmas she made trays of her famous cookies to give out to all of her family and friends.

Leona became a grandmother to her six wonderful grandchildren William R. Hammer, Richard M. Hammer Jr., Melissa A. (McNulty) Osterhout, Jennifer L. (Hammer) Lohman, Patrick A. McNulty and Brittany M. Hammer. Each of them made her proud and she loved them dearly. All of the grandkids always joked who was grandma’s favorite with each claiming to be her favorite. She would always tell them they all were her favorite. Leona was then promoted to GiGi with her eight beautiful great grandchildren Carlee Osterhout, Ryann Hammer, Jaxsen Osterhout, Austin Taylor, Emmett Osterhout, Lucas Lohman, Jace Hammer, Emery Lohman and Kason Caudill who brought immeasurable joy to her life.

She loved Jesus and was a devout Christain her whole life. She was her family’s Angel on earth who is now in heavenly peace with the Lord. Leona’s legacy of love, kindness, and unwavering faith will forever live on in the hearts of her family and all who knew her. She was precededed in death by her husband William A. Hammer; her parents Wilbur and Elizabeth Rowe along with nine of her siblings. She is survived by her three children William A. Hammer, Jr., (Teresa) Rachelle A. (Hammer) McNulty and (Keith) Richard M. Hammer; her six grandchildren William R. Hammer (Catherine), Richard M. Hammer, Jr., ( Angelina) Melissa A. (McNulty) Osterhout (Dustin), Jennifer L. (Hammer) Lohman (Greg), Patrick A. McNulty and Brittany M. Hammer. Her eight great grandchildren Carlee Osterhout, Ryann Hammer, Jaxsen Osterhout, Austin Taylor, Emmett Osterhout, Ryann Hammer, Lucas Lohman, Jace Hammer, Emery Lohman, and Kason Caudill as well as her sister Annette Stella.

The viewing will be June 29, 2024 at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne from 9am until the time of her service at 9:30am. The procession will immediately follow to Fountainhead Memorial Park for burial.

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Bettie Pruett from Palm Bay wrote on July 8, 2024:
I feel so sad that I did not know Leona was so ill. She was a wonderful Christian person and helped us at New Horizons Community Church from 1993 to 2002. We had many meeting at her home and had Baptisms in her family pool. My husband Randy was the pastor and he answered God's call to Heaven in 2005. We had the honor and privilege to minister to her and her ill husband in those days. We enjoyed her cookies also and I believe Annette helped with that. What wonderful memories that I have and I will miss that special voice and laugh of her. I will see her again.!
Melissa Osterhout from Saint Cloud, FL wrote on July 5, 2024:
GIGi, I miss you so much. I just wish I could hug you one more time and hear your sweet voice. Please watch over all us until we meet again. I wish grandmas lived forever. 💙😇
Jolene Lent from Orlando wrote on June 27, 2024:
Aunt Leona was a beautiful woman. 🙏💜
Stephanie Burton Foley from Hayesville, NC wrote on June 26, 2024:
My deepest condolences on the loss of such a special lady. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
Annette (Rowe) Stella - sister from Palm Bay wrote on June 26, 2024:
To my dear sister I am going to miss you so very much. I will Cherish all of our special times together. We had so many memories together that it’s hard to imagine life without you. I loved you most of all and always will. We laughed, we cried, we went shopping and enjoyed special occasions together. Please tell the Lord, Mom and Dad that I love them. I will talk and sing to you from my heart. Your loving sister, Annette
KRISTINE FULCHER from Palm Bay wrote on June 26, 2024:
My heart is broken to lose you Aunt Leona. I will always have fond memories of wonderful times spent with you. I loved you very much and always will. I will miss our special girl talks most of all. Rest easy Aunt Leona. Love, Krissy
Cindy Goodwin from Jackson wrote on June 25, 2024:
Fly high and give big hugs to our family members who have gone before us. We will miss you until we meet again!
Bridget from Palm Bay wrote on June 25, 2024:
WELLLL I.just to start it off like you did when you had conversations with me...This was very unexpected just wanted you to stay around longer It's Always gonna be sweet Humble voice and That beautiful Snow white hair and heartwarming smile that I'm Miss..💕 SHELLY & Her Brothers was Blessed with a Sweet Momma and through them you Will live on..LUV U GiGi HAMMER
Sheryl Welton from Malabar wrote on June 25, 2024:
The world needs more people like Leona. She was a light in the darkness of this world today. Rest in peace sweet lady.
Chris Holmes from Melbourne wrote on June 25, 2024:
You was and always will be a angel and I know you are watching over everyone. You always made me feel like family and so has all of the family. I love you now you can fly like The Angel you are.❤️❤️
Sandra Gskins Wentz from Eau Gallie , Melbourne wrote on June 25, 2024:
Leona was one beautiful lady and friend that will be missed by all.
Sandra Gskins Wentz from Eau Gallie , Melbourne wrote on June 25, 2024:
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Bill hammer from Malabar wrote on June 25, 2024:
Is missed already. Love you mon
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