By Press Release
Published Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:01 am
Gretchen Elsa Hamlett died suddenly Oct. 24, 2015, at her home in Delta. She was 82.
She was born in Denison, Iowa, Dec. 19, 1932, to Hans and Gertrude (Milburn) Brodersen Sr. She grew up in Denison and graduated from high school in 1950. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She moved to Denver to be near her sister. She married Albert "Al" Davis Jr. Nov. 14, 1951, in Denison. They lived in Seattle, Wash., before moving to Bothell, Calif. They had two children. After Al's death, she moved to Littleton.
She married Jack Hamlett Oct. 7, 1971. They lived in various Midwestern states until retirment when they moved to Delta.
Mrs. Hamlett collected tickets at the theater in Denision while she was in high school. She worked in the Carnegie Library and in libraries in Littleton and Delta for many years.
She was an avid reader. She enjoyed oil painting, fishing, metal detecting and caring for dogs, cats and various pets.
She was active in St. Luke's Episcopal Church where she coordinated the prayer chain and was herself one who prayed.
Mrs. Hamlett is survived by a stepson, Robert Hamlett of Bremerton, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Brenda (Mark) Thomas of Memphis, Tenn.; her sister, Mary (Norman) Bohnker of Lakewood; her brother, Richard (Judy) Brodersen of Denison, Iowa; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Davis Jr.; her second husband, Jack Hamlett on April 23, 2001; her daughter, Corlene in 1986; her son, Victor in 2012; her brothers, Ken Brodersen in World War II, and Hans "Dutch" Brodersen; and her sisters, Rosanne Alcola and Barbara Lingle.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church with Father Tom Seibert officiating. Inurnment will be at the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, with her husband, Jack, and her children.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.