Obituary: Alta Hamann


Alta C. Hamann, age 96, of Walcott, passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Courtyard Estates of Walcott.  A memorial gathering will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.  Private burial will take place in Walcott Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the Walcott Fire Department in Alta’s memory.  Online condolences may be left at

Alta was born on Dec. 21, 1924, the daughter of Herman and Laura (Denklau) Grill, in Donahue.  She was united in marriage to William “Billy” Hamann on Jan. 20, 1945, in Davenport.  Bill died on Feb. 6, 2001.

Alta worked with Billy on the family farm, excelling in the role of farmer’s wife and homemaker.  She was employed at Jumer’s Lodge and later at Davenport West High School cafeteria, retiring in 1987.  Alta and Bill enjoyed dancing and playing cards with friends.  After Bill’s death, Alta continued playing 500 with various civic organizations. 

Those left to honor Alta’s memory include her daughter, Linda Stender of Apex, N.C.; sons, Gary (Ruth) Hamann of Walcott, and Don (Donna) Hamann of Davenport; four grandchildren, Kara Weems, Kelly Vanstory, Brett Hamann and Brooke Moeller; and two great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Avery Weems.

In addition to her husband, Alta was preceded in death by her sisters, Luetta Arp and Eleanor Rathjen, and her brother, Arnold Grill.


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