Tamara Lou (McClearen) Salyer


April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Jensen Mrs. Dorcas E. Hammer Jensen, age 91, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 6, 2012. There were six children in her family, and Dorcas would come home from school to help. She met her husband, Dayton Hammer, when he was plowing for a farmer, and she took a glass of water to him. Dorcas has many memories of the depression days, especially eating beans, macaroni, and rice. Even today, she likes the same food. After marrying Dayton, they bought the Frank Peterson farm. For many years Dorcas was a farmer’s wife who drove horses, and cooked for the thrashers, baked, and canned while raising five children. Dayton died in 1999. For many years, Dorcas was on WJPW (Rockford radio station) involved with the Community Calendar and Bargain Rama; in addition, she was the secretary and Girl Friday at the station. Years ago she was active at Ashley Baptist Church as Choir Director. She played the piano, helped with Junior Choir, the Cradle Roll, and taught Sunday school. Dorcas was always willing to lend an ear and give support. She was married to Oscar Jensen from 1997 to 2007. Dorcas is survived by her children, Arnold and Sheryll Hammer, Royce and Jan Hammer, Karen and Bob Robinson, Diane and Eugene Rencher; grandchildren, Cynthia (Eric) Hogarth, Phillip (Connie) Hammer, Keith Hammer, Shari (Greg) Osborne, Timothy (Hide) Hammer, Tami Jo (Glenn) Jaffe, Heather Tower, Isaac (Dawn) Tower, Bob (Julie) Robinson, Kari Beth (Eric) Sherman; great-grandchildren, Samantha Hammer, Cassidy Hammer, Brandon Sias, Shannon Hammer, Akacia Hammer, Zachery Cross, Cody Cross, Cameron Cross, Desiree Tower, Isaiah Baxter, Levi Tower, Cecelia Clark, Parker Klotz, Teagan Jaffe, Nathan Hogarth, Hannah Hogarth, Andrew Hogarth, Timothy Hammer, Matthew Hammer, Shaelyn Robinson, Gabrielle Sherman, Major Sherman, Nathan Robinson, Nicholas Robinson, Tyler Robinson; great-great-grandchildren, Naomi Sias, Gabriel Wing; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary; siblings, George, Benjamin, Naomi, Moses, and Ruth. The service for Mrs. Jensen was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Cal Steiner officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Arrangements […]