NORWALK - Harold J. Hammersmith, 95, of Norwalk, Ohio, died Friday, June 21, 2013, in his home.
He was born June 30, 1917, in Groton Township, Huron County, Ohio, to the late Edward William and Elizabeth Anna (Zimmerman) Hammersmith and was a lifelong area resident.
Harold was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and former member of the parish council. He was a Bronson Township trustee for 25 years, was a former member of the Rural Water Board, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Harold was a lifelong farmer, former owner of Southside Marathon, was a former employee of Ford Motor Company, and Jo and Ed's Carry Out. He enjoyed lawn work and gardening and anything else to stay busy.
Harold is survived by his wife of 71 years, Wilma J. (Didion) Hammersmith, of Norwalk; by his children, Kathleen R. and Gerald Stoll, of Sandusky, Eugene H. and Nancy Hammersmith, of Norwalk, Glenn A. and Vickie Hammersmith of Norwalk, Dale J. and Jean Hammersmith of New London, Ohio, Debra A. and Ted Ickes of Norwalk, and Bruce A. and Janine Hammersmith of Bay View, Ohio; 24 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred, in infancy, Raymond, and Edward; and by his sisters, Marian Preston, Magdeline Adelman, and Anna Carabin.
Calling was held Sunday, June 23, from 4-8 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main Street, Norwalk.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Settlement Road, Norwalk, with the Rev. William Pifher officiating. Interment was in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church; to St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857; or to the donor's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made by going to www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.
Walker Funeral Home
98 W. Main St. Norwalk, OH 44857
Published in The Bellevue Gazette on June 25, 2013