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Fern Evelyn (Kowitz) Hammer
July 11, 1928 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Fern Evelyn Hammer, beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2023 at the age of 95 in Colorado Springs, CO. Fern was born in Andrew County, Missouri on July 11, 1928 to Bertha (Maag) and Ernie Kowitz, joining her older sister, Dorothy. Because of her faith in Christ and His sacrifice for sin, we rejoice that she is in the presence of her Heavenly Father.
Fern moved to Woodland Park, Colorado at the age of 7. She married Elmo Hammer on February 14, 1950. Fern and Elmo lived in the Woodland Park area, owning and operating Dependable Masonry for many years. They lived there together until his death in 1989 where they had a significant impact on their church and community through various leadership and mentoring roles. Their greatest joy was the raising of their two daughters, Judi (Rainbolt) and Connie (Carpenter) and the close relationship they had with Troy Zook, who was truly like a son to them. Fern was a skilled homemaker and enjoyed entering her baking, canning, and sewing projects in the Teller County Fair. She also enjoyed traveling and square dancing and through those activities made many life long friendships.
In 1996 Fern moved to Colorado Springs. She was passionate about gardening and continued to enjoy and nurture her flowers throughout her life. But her greatest passion was her family. She loved pouring into the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fern was a committed member of Woodland Park Community Church from her childhood. The spiritual discipline of prayer was one of her greatest attributes and by the grace of God she continued to pray for others until the Lord called her home. We praise the Lord for the legacy of faith and prayer she has left us.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Elmo G. Hammer. She is survived by Judith (Steve) Rainbolt, Connie (Derrick L.) Carpenter, Troy (Ana) Zook; grandchildren Amy (Jason) Barnes, Darla (Matt) Wampler, Amanda (Nate) de Koning, Derrick N. (Kallie) Carpenter, Lindsay (Luke) Pytlarz, Amber (Carlton) Howell, and Ruby, Eve, and Leo Zook. She also leaves behind 26 great-grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held December 16, 2023 at 1:00 pm at Woodland Park Community Church. The service will be followed by a cookie reception until 3 pm and then internment at the Woodland Park Cemetery. The livestream of the service can be accessed at the following link: