Sharon Kay Hammel

January 05, 1940 - November 06, 2021

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Wednesday, November 10, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Wednesday, November 10, 2:30 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Sharon Kay Hammel, 81, of Kendallville, Indiana, died Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville.

She was born January 5, 1940, in Elkhart to Doris Copert and Gertrude (Parker) Kurtz.

On December 14, 1973, in Kendallville she married Lawrence “Larry” Hammel. He survives in Kendallville.

Sharon worked at Uniform Printing in Kendallville. She also worked at Felger’s Perfect Blend in Kendallville.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville, American Legion Post 86 Auxiliary, DAR, and Clowns of America International where she was known as “Ice Cream”.

Being a generous spirit, Sharon was active and volunteered in many organizations including CASA and Parkview Hospice. She served as a Stephen Minister and was a foster parent. Her love of the Amish community provided her an opportunity to author the book, “Handicap Never! I Will Love You Forever”.

She enjoyed golfing, fishing, Tai-Chi, and baking. She was an artist and was proficient in sign language. But, most of all, Sharon enjoyed being with her family and spending vacations together.

Also surviving are two daughters, Vikki (Mike) Marti of Fort Wayne and Cathy Michelbrink of Kendallville; a son, Jack (Pam) Felger of Kendallville; a stepdaughter, Laura (Wes) Bailey of Kendallville; two stepsons, Jim (Chris) Hammel of Corunna and Bill (Brenda) Hammel of Navarre, Florida; seven grandchildren, Misty (Phil) Michlow, Christopher (Virginia) Marti, Jessica Michelbrink, Ashley Felger, Ian (Jessica) Felger, James (Megan) Masterson, and Jillian Stanley; six stepgrandchildren, Wesley Bailey, Jaime Bailey, Blake Weimer, Jacob Hammel, Brooke Hammel, and Brady Hammel; 16 great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earl Lynn Kurtz of Arizona and Terry (Marilyn) Kurtz of Kendallville; a sister-in-law, Donna Kurtz of Avilla; and the father of her children, Jack (Patty) Felger of Tega Cay, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jackie Lee Felger, Jr. three sisters, Norma Boszor, Margaret Newman, and Sue Ziebel; and a brother, Jack Kurtz.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with the Rev. Dr. Robert Shriner officiating.

Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Visitation is Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Sharon’s funeral service on Wednesday will also live stream on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 2:30 p.m. for those unable to attend.

View a video tribute after Wednesday or share memories and condolences at

Guest Book

Ed and Ursula Minich
November 14th, 2021 5:52am

We are so sorry for your loss,Our sympathy and prayers go out to all of the family. R.I.P. Sharon..

Sue Mozena
November 11th, 2021 11:50pm

I know Ice Cream is preforming in heaven. What a classie lady the world is dimmer with out her light. My prayers for your family.

Fran and Bill Gehring
November 11th, 2021 2:12am
Kendallville IN

Our sympathy and our prayers go out to Larry and all of Sharon's family. She was one of a kind. I am sure Jesus is welcoming her into heaven with open arms.

Erin Taylor, Steven & Steven Jr.
November 10th, 2021 8:08pm

What a blessing to my life, our lives. A light, a ray of hope and promise, of joy. Such a gracious impact on my heart, forever. Love you my beautiful cousins. God's Blessings for peace and comfort to cover you and so much love in rejoicing in Aunt Sharon's freedom.

Daryl & Jeanne Caryer
November 10th, 2021 2:50pm
F&W co worker with Larry

Sorry for your loss, you have our sympathy

Greg Oelfke and Karol Oelfke
November 10th, 2021 1:42pm

My deepest sympathy to you all. I'm sorry I couldn't attend the viewing or the funeral. My prayers are with you.

Dawn VanEgmond
November 9th, 2021 12:01pm
Canon City, CO

Sending our love, thoughts and prayers to all of you from Colorado. Keeping you in our hearts-

Sherry Paulus
November 9th, 2021 4:20am
Auburn, IN

I'm sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady

November 9th, 2021 3:16am

Her voice... Her laugh... Her hand... Her empathy... Her strength... My Aunt.💜

Gail Rodenbeck
November 9th, 2021 12:25am

Larry and children so sorry for your loss.

Mark & Barbara Schuyler
November 8th, 2021 11:42pm

R.I.P. Sharon... you were a dear friend & classmate through school We will miss you and will always have happy fond memories of you . Prayers and condolences to your family.

Rosella Kiser. RN
November 8th, 2021 12:53pm
Parkview Hospice

Praying for family and friends. So sorry for your loss.

Janet Allen
November 8th, 2021 10:22am
Kendallville, in

Such a beautiful lady, she didn’t know a stranger. So sorry for you loss Cathy, Vicki, Jack. She will be missed.

Tonya Walter
November 8th, 2021 5:31am
Fort Wayne

You will be dearly missed Aunt Sharon.

Joanne Barnett
November 8th, 2021 1:31am

I will miss Sharon at the nursing home..I've visited with her from the day she came in..she has had a long battle and I know she is enjoying heaven now

Steve and Gloria Boszor
November 7th, 2021 10:14pm
Punta Gorda Florida

We are so saddened to hear of Aunt Sharon’s passing. She was such a kind and amazing person. She had such a big heart. We will miss her and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jean Mantle
November 7th, 2021 10:02pm

I worked with Sharon at Uniform. She was such a lovely person. Loved spending time with her.. She will be missed. Prayers for the family.

Kirk Temple
November 7th, 2021 10:01pm
Denton, Maryland

One of my most favorite people for sure!!

Jessica Michelbrink
November 7th, 2021 9:40pm

I love you Grams so much!!

Sandy Webb
November 7th, 2021 9:37pm

How I love my dear Aunt Sharon. We have had so many adventures together. Life changing and life giving moments that have brought me great joy. I will miss her so much, I look forward to spending eternity together one day.

Jennifer Foster
November 7th, 2021 9:04pm
Palm Bay, FL

Love and prayers. Fond family times and memories to cherish. Heaven has truly gained and Angel.

Bonita R Harper
November 7th, 2021 7:41pm

Prayers and Hugs for family as you deal with your loss.