Gwyn Marie Hammond, 66, of Park Rapids passed peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in her home on Island Lake surrounded by her family.
Gwyn was born September 26, 1954 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Ann and John Mausolf. She grew up and attended school in South Saint Paul, graduating from South Saint Paul High School in 1972. On August 5, 1972 she married Stanley Hammond at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in South St. Paul. Beginning their new life together on the East side of St. Paul they later settled in Cottage Grove, Minnesota where they raised their two children Sara and Stanley Jr.
A “Jill of all trades”, Gwyn worked various jobs over the years always learning new skills and bringing laughter and hard work with her. When her children were in elementary school Gwyn worked for a time at Arby’s in Cottage Grove where she made lasting friendships. Later she worked at the Convent of the Visitation School in the office, again taking her strong work ethic and dedication with her. After moving to Park Rapids, she took on the role of property caretaker for two local places and enjoyed the variety and challenges of that role.
Gwyn loved to keep busy and could be found working her garden, repurposing and refinishing furniture, baking, building fires, fishing, crafting, and finding creative ways to make their life at the cabin easier or better. Holiday decorating took on a whole new life as her grandchildren grew and there was a box (or many…) for each season and holiday. There was hardly a visit that did not result in baked goods made with the granddaughters.
In 2012 Stan and Gwyn retired to the Hammond family cabin on Island Lake in Park Rapids. As a devoted Grandmother to Grace, Evelyn, and Olivia she took every advantage to teach them to build a fire, bake, explore outside, craft, and make wonderful memories. Gwyn loved the changing seasons of northern Minnesota, life in the woods, and especially the sound of the loons on the lake.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Stanley Hammond; children Sara (Patrick) McCloud of Park Rapids and Stanley Jr. of Cottage Grove; granddaughters Grace, Evelyn, and Olivia; brothers Mike (Suzanne) of Vermillion and Pat Mausolf of Danbury, Wisconsin; sister Becky (Gary) Yunker of South St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Karen Doriott.
Gwyn will be dearly missed by her family and friends; her love and smile will stay with us in our hearts always.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5 until 8 PM at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN. Inurnment will be held at the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Cemetery in Park Rapids, MN. Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN.