March 10 1928 July 09 2019
Rowena’s Obituary Big Rapids – Rowena Louise Hamel, 91, of Big Rapids, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital. She was born March 10, 1928, in Germfask, Michigan, the daughter of Archie and Easter (Bryers) Macaulay, and graduated from Manistique High School in 1945. Rowena earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Michigan College and her master’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University. On August 14, 1948, she married Robert Hamel, and they moved to Big Rapids in 1968. For many years Rowena taught at Evart Elementary School. Rowena was an active member of Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, was a community volunteer, and loved to travel. She was a loving friend, neighbor, and family member. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 1996, and her son Stuart in 2001. Surviving are one daughter Sharon Hamel of Largo, FL; three sons, Steven (Margo) of Orlando, FL, Dale (Linda) of Millis, MA, and Dean (Theresa) of McGaueysville, VA; daughter-in-law Laurie Hamel of Big Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild; 1 sister Grace Ahtila; and many nieces and nephews. Rowena was also preceded in death by her sister Jean and brother Max. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Big Rapids, with Pastor Ken Krause officiating. A light luncheon will immediately follow at the church. Burial will be in Highland View Cemetery in Big Rapids. The family requests no flowers please. Memorial contributions may be made for the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church Memorial Fund. Read More
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Rowena Louise Hamel March 10 1928 July 09 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Big Rapids, state: Michigan