Edward A. Hammersmith, 98, of Norwalk, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2013, in his residence.
He was born Feb. 6, 1914, in Erie Twp., Ohio, to Edward William and Elizabeth Anna (Zimmerman) Hammersmith, and came to this area in 1933 from Bellevue. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, and he graduated in 1932 from Bellevue High School.
Ed was a lifelong area farmer and had worked for Norwalk Furniture. He was a member of Norwalk Conservation Club, and the Huron County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed gardening, freezing and canning, yard work, baking and cooking, making hay, was proud of his John Deere tractors, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte E. (Moll) Hammersmith of Norwalk; children, Ann and Jack Frankart of Willard, Ohio, Norma J. and Lawrence Ross Sr., of Norwalk, Paul E. and Diane Hammersmith of Willard, James H. and Suzie Hammersmith of Norwalk, and Donna J. and Gerald Mahl of Willard; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; and his brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Wilma Hammersmith of Norwalk.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian in 1988; brothers, Raymond and Alfred; sisters, Anna Carabin, Magdeline Adelman, and Marian Preston; and one great-grandchild.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St. Norwalk. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St. Norwalk, Msgr. Kenneth Morman will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.