Obituary: Mary K. Hamann

Author: Mendoza College


Mary K. Hamann

June 2, 1960 – April 22, 2011

SOUTH BEND – Mary Kathleen Hamann, 50, of South Bend, passed away on Good Friday, April 22, of natural causes.

Mary was born in South Bend, Indiana, on June 2, 1960, the fifth of ten children of Mary Ann and Professor Edward J. Murphy.  She attended Marian High School and the University of Notre Dame.

Mary married Mike Hamann on August 9, 1980.  They have four grown children:  Kate, Jake, Nick, and Pete.  Mary served as Director of Communications for the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Edward; mother, Mary Ann; brother, James; infant brother, Peter; and infant nephew, Patrick.  She is survived by her beloved husband, Mike; their children, Kate (Juan Valenzuela), Jake (fiancée Anne Raih), Nick (Kelly), and Pete (Gina Pellouchoud) Hamann; Mike’s parents, Fred and Pat Hamann; siblings Ann Manion (Dan), Marty Murphy (Jane), John Murphy (Christine), Tom Murphy (Barb), Pat Murphy (Tonia), Mike Murphy (Cheryl), and Steve Murphy (Tina); sister-in-law Kim Murphy; brother-in-law Dave Hamann (Becky); and 36 nieces and nephews:  Ryan, Jason, and Kevin Murphy; Mary, Katherine, Patrick, and Michael Manion; Tim (Alice), Caroline, Ted, Matthew, Anthony, Paul, and Stephen Murphy; Monica, Colleen, and Mitch Murphy; Kelly, Sean, Peter, and Megan Murphy; Eileen, Maria, Emily, and Meg Murphy; Bonita, Jack, Jeff, Regina, Thomas, and Cecilia Murphy; and Edward, Michael, Jacob, Mary Jo, and Emma Murphy.

Mary was devoted to her family, had an engaging laugh and constant positive outlook.  She loved hosting pool parties for family and friends, where she could be found lounging on a float, wine glass in hand, laughing and telling stories. She also enjoyed playing euchre to win, coaching softball and volleyball, and cheering on the Fighting Irish, Bears, and Cubs. A gifted writer, Mary was editor of Notre Dame Business magazine.

She was selfless and quietly sought out ways, large or small, to make life easier for others. Whether to offer practical advice, spiritual direction, or just to listen, Mary always had time for you. She was the primary caregiver during her mother’s long struggle with ALS. Years ago, in a tribute to her grandmother, Mary wrote of lessons learned from Grandma’s life:  work hard and serve others; enjoy simple family times; enjoy regular folks; give generously even when it isn’t easy or convenient; never complain.  Mary’s life embodied those same lessons.

Mary was a devout Catholic, daily communicant, and longtime parishioner at Holy Cross Parish. All of her life, she sought to emulate Christ with her complete selflessness and self-emptying love. She always remained that sweet, prayerful little girl who loved Christ and her blessed mother.

She was instrumental in helping to found the Women’s Care Center with her sister, Ann Manion, and Professor Janet Smith in the early 1980s.

Visitation will be held at Kaniewski Funeral Home from 2-8 pm on Sunday, May 1. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Cross church at 10 am on Monday, May 2, with internment to follow at Highland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Women’s Care Center or the Peace Corps Paraguay Country Fund.

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“I came that they might have life and have it to the full.”

John 10:10