Caroline Ann Hamlow

July 17, 1917September 9, 2018

Caroline Ann Hamlow, 101, formerly of Heyworth, passed away at 11:45 a.m., Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Luther Oaks, Bloomington. She has been awaiting her chariot ride to heaven just like Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. (2 Kings 2:11) Her funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Pastor Terry Strom will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington. Additional visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and School. Interment will take place at East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Caroline was born in Miller, Iowa on July 17, 1917. She was the daughter of William and Anna (Laesch) Kummer. Caroline graduated from Bloomington High School. After graduation, she worked at State Farm Fire and Casualty in downtown Bloomington until she married Howard Carl Hamlow on November 30, 1939. They farmed North East of Heyworth since 1944. They celebrated 63 years together. Howard preceded her in death on October 30, 2002 at the age of 90. Caroline was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the alter guild for 17 years. She was active in several organizations throughout her life. She was a member of Home Extension for 37 years, a cook at the Heyworth Grade School for 17 years, retiring in 1985. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years. She was a member of Flying Farmers for 30 plus years. During that time, she and Howard flew all over Illinois, the United States, and Canada. They made many flying farmer friends and Caroline was the Flying Farmer Queen for the Illinois Chapter on more than one occasion. She was also an avid golfer at Highland for 15 plus years after retiring. She is survived by her children: Karen (Hamlow) Connelly of Ft. Myers, Florida; Donald Hamlow; Nila (Don) Deatrick; and Carol (Mike) Limer, all of Heyworth. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Frank Kummer, and William Kummer; one half -brother: Donald Kummer; and one infant son; Mikel Carl Hamlow. Caroline was the grandmother of twelve granddaughters: Hali (Connelly) Roderick, Kristi (Connelly) Brownfield, Dawn (Maccs) Lavecchia, Mila (Maccs) Noblett, Shani Connelly, Deanna (Deatrick) Bair, Jaci (Connelly) Chounard, Tracy Deatrick, Erin (Hamlow) Redd, Tara (Limer) Wells, Erica (Hamlow) Turner, and Megan (Limer) Winters. She had 24 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Caroline's confirmation verse she always remembered is: "You are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:20)


  • Howard Carl Hamlow, Husband
  • Karen (Hamlow) Connely, Daughter
  • Donald Hamlow, Son
  • Nila (Don) Deatrick, Daughter
  • Carol (Mike) Limer, Daughter
  • Hali (Connely) Roderick, Grandchild
  • Kristi (Connely) Brownfield, Grandchild
  • Dawn (Maccs) Lavecchia, Grandchild
  • Mila (Maccs) Noblett, Grandchild
  • Shani Connely, Grandchild
  • Deanna (Deatrick) Bair, Grandchild
  • Jaci (Connely) Chounard, Grandchild
  • Tracy Deatrick, Grandchild
  • Erin (Hamlow) Redd, Grandchild
  • Tara (Limer) Wells, Grandchild
  • Erica (Hamlow) Turner, Grandchild
  • Megan (Limer) Winters, Grandchild
  • She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Frank Kummer, and Wiliam Kummer; one half-brother: Donald Kummer; and one infant son; Mikel Carl Hamlow.

  • Trinity Lutheran Church and School


  • Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, September 14, 2018

Caroline Ann Hamlow

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