Marian Isabelle (nee Brustuen) Hammer, age 88, of River Falls, WI passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls.
Marian was born April 19, 1928 at home on the farm, 15 miles north of Appleton, MN, the daughter of Thorwald and Selma (Koosman) Brustuen.
She was baptized May 27, 1928 at Zion Lutheran Church, Appleton and confirmed April 18, 1943 also at Zion.
Marian was a 1946 graduate of Appleton High School and 1950 graduate of Winona State Teachers College. Following graduation she worked as a high school phy-ed teacher in Farmington, MN. On March 25, 1951 she married her high school sweetheart, Roland M. Hammer at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Shortly thereafter Roland was called up to serve in the National Guard during the Korean War. During this time Marian took up residence with Roland’s parents in Lac qui Parle County, MN. Upon Roland’s return, the couple moved to Madison, MN, where their first child was born. Shortly thereafter they moved to student housing in St. Anthony Park, and there another child was born. The family then moved to Torrance, CA for a year of medical internship.
In 1959 the family moved to the River Falls area, where their two youngest children were born. River Falls was home for them ever since.
Marian was a steadfast, loyal and loving supporter of her husband, Roland, and her children, especially Sonja. She was an active member of the River Falls Area Hospital Auxiliary, and a faithful member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church.
Marian was preceded in death by her husband Roland, daughter Sonja, great-granddaughter Eleanor, her parents and sister Charlotte Bayer.
Marian is survived by her children: Margaret (Jorgen Kappel Hansen); Starup, Denmark, Mark (Judith), River Falls, WI, Joe (Shari), White Bear Lake, MN.
Grandchildren: Sophia (Anders), Niels, and Anna; Bobbi Ann (Josh); Ashley (Jordan), Tom (Danielle) and Joey.
Great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Theodor; Hayden, Tanner, and Braelyn; Ella and Dominic, and Hailey.
Funeral services for Marian will be at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls, WI. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls, WI. Visitation will be on Saturday at Ezekiel Lutheran Church from 11:00 A.M. until time of services at 1:00 P.M.
Go to: www.cashmanhillfuneralservice.com to send the family an online condolence.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to the Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S. Second St. River Falls, WI. 54022
Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Service of River Falls, WI is assisting the family.