Helen Kiernan Hammes, 45, of Lancaster, passed away tragically on October 13, 2011.
Born September 27, 1966 she was the beloved daughter of Robert and Mary Ellen Kiernan.
Helen was a cum laude graduate of University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing. She was a skilled RN, specializing in Emergency Room care and worked for various nursing agencies as well as Lancaster General Hospital.
Helen was a unique and brilliant person who lived life to the fullest. She loved spending time with her family and friends, cooking delicious meals for all to enjoy and relaxing on the Delaware and New Jersey beaches. She was a master gardener whose arrangements showcased her artistic talents. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by the light and joy of her life, her four children, Peter, Dominic, Ellie and Tess. She will be dearly missed by her sisters Maryellen Frank (Andrew Frank), Lisa George (Ronald George), and her nieces and nephews Robert, Emma, Matthew, Elizabeth and Charlotte; by her former husband Michael Hammes as well as a large extended family. Helen also had a special group of friends who cherished her and were constantly embraced by her generous spirit. She touched so many lives and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with Rev. Daniel C. Mitzel as Celebrant. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a trust fund for her children at: Hammes Trust, c/o Harold Wenger, Wells Fargo Advisors, 120 North Pointe Blvd, Suite 100, Lancaster, PA 17601. .
To send an online condolence to the family visit:
Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home
Visitation Date: 10/18/11
Visitation Time: 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Service Date: 10/18/11
Service Time: 11:00 A.M,.