Connie Mae (Bernhardt) Hammel (64) died Thursday, March 1, 2018, of
respiratory failure from complications of metastatic breast cancer at St. Mary’s
Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Connie was born on February 27, 1954 in Wabasha, MN, to Norton and Beatrice
Bernhardt. She was raised on her parents’ dairy farm in Viola Township. She
was baptized, confirmed, and married in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in rural
Eyota. She graduated from Dover-Eyota High School in 1972. She graduated
from Rochester Area Vocational School with a Medical Secretary degree. She
then worked as a pharmacy technician at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1974 she
married Kevin Hammel and together they dairy farmed in Viola Township for 40
years. She was a member of the early Eyota Jaycees. In 1984 and 1985 she
was District 28 Director, Outstanding District Director and Minnesota State Gold
Key Recipient of the Jaycees. She served several years as a Dover-Eyota
Declam judge. She served her church in several capacities: as Council
President, Sunday school teacher, Junior Choir Director, Womens Guild-
president, treasurer, and secretary. She also served on the Minnesota United
Church of Christ Conference Realignment Committee. She served as Eyota Days
Parade Chair and as Eyota Days Co-chair. She has worked as the Marketing
Director at Arbor Gardens Senior Housing since 2002. She and Kevin were the
2014 Viola Gopher Count King and Queen. She had great love for life, her
family, her church, and her neighborhood.
Much appreciation to the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital (Lu) for their exceptional care
for the last three days. The staff even organized a small birthday party with choir
for Connie on her 64th birthday.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Kevin; her daughter Amy Clark and
her family, Anthony and Jessenia Robbins, Austin, Jaithan, and Jemma, Amber
Clark and Keith Clark; her son Damon, wife Casie and Reed, Carter, and Paige.
Her sister and brother-in-law, Marlis and Jerry Knowlton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Sharon and
Service is Sunday, March 4, 2018, at St. Paul’s UCC Church in Eyota, 12941
County Road 9. Visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. with service starting at 3:00 p.m.
Memorials preferred to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.