Josephine Hammond, 94

Beautician, active member of RF United Methodist Church

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Josephine S. Hammond (nee Beck), 94, of River Forest, formerly of Forest Park and Elmhurst, died on Oct. 7, 2013. Born in Green Bay, Wis., on Feb. 2, 1919, she was one of four daughters of Louis and Ida Beck. She worked primarily as a hairdresser, but during the war, she was a "Rosie the Riveter" for the Liberator B-24 bombers.

After the war, she married Ross B. Hammond in 1946 and resided in Elmhurst in a home he built for her and their two sons, James and Robert. She was a lifelong Methodist, and a longtime, active member of the First Methodist Church of Elmhurst. After retirement, she and her husband traveled the United States, and then lived in a home in Forest Park.

After her husband died in 1984, she moved to River Forest where she lived until her death. She traveled extensively with her sister, including a visit to the Holy Land. She was active in Forest Park's Wesley United Methodist Church, and after its merger, River Forest United Methodist Church. She was a crafter, stitcher and baker who worked tirelessly for United Methodist Women's activities.

Jo Hammond is survived by her children, James R. (Janet ) and Robert (Debb Watson) Hammond; her grandchildren, Alicia A. Hammond, Benjamin L. Hammond, Amelia L. Rothstein, Jessica J. Hammond, Paul Hammond, Peter Hammond and Rebecca Hammond, and Christina, Bontu and Abdi. She was known as Grandma Jo, not only to her grandchildren but to many, many children. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ross B. Hammond.

On New Year's Eve, she enjoyed the wedding of the first of her grandchildren to marry and the gathering of her family members.

A memorial visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at River Forest United Methodist Church, 7970 W. Lake St. in River Forest with a service following. Interment is private.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society at or to the River Forest United Methodist Women of RFUM Church are appreciated.

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