A little more than a month ago my last grandparent Melva passed away at the ripe age of 92. Grandma Melva and Grandpa Ed lived pretty close to our house growing up so my sister and I spent quite a bit of time hanging out at their house. As kids up we’d go over and do something creative like cook or bake something; she’d get us involved in one of her craft projects, show us how to sew, or make something – always something creative.
Grandma Melva loved to golf and her love was one of the main reasons why I picked it up at a young age (many of my family members including my Dad, Uncle and Aunt(s) also played). She’d pick me up on a weekend or after school to play golf.
I’ll always remember those fond memories. The Stockton Record carried the Obituary:
Melva Senora Kammerer was born on September 16, 1921, in Bloomer, Wisconsin, to Bennie Martin and Anna Havey Pederson, the 7th of 12 children. Melva was confirmed at Dallas Lutheran Church in 1935. The family moved from Rice Lake, Wisconsin to Walkermine, California in 1936 and Melva later graduated from Greenville High School. She met and married Daniel Kenst in 1941 in Walkermine. Melva has been a Stockton resident since 1945 where she raised her 3 children.
Divorced in 1958, she later married Edwin Kammerer in 1961 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011. She was active for many years in Zion Lutheran Church, The Pacific Women’s Club, Philomathean Club, Sons of Norway, Hobby Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Haute Couture Society. An avid golfer, she played well into her 80’s with the ladies at Swenson Park and Van Buskirk golf courses. She was also an avid card player and volunteered many years at The American Cancer Society and The Asparagus Festival.
She is survived by her loving children D. Gary Kenst (Mimi), Cliff Kenst (Sally), Kathy Foord (Brian) and grandchildren Kimberly Foord Sanders (Woody), Denise Wright, Julie Kenst, Melissa Kenst and Chris Kenst. Also great grandson Benji Sanders, stepchildren Connie Wohl and Floyd Kammerer (Nancy), step grandchildren, R.J. Kammerer, Cassie Kammerer and Carl Wohl, sisters, Sylvia Arriandiaga, Mary Sadler and Betty Freeman, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Melva’s life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church on January 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, The American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted in the care of Frisbie-Warren & Carroll Mortuary.
Rest in peace Grandma Melva.