Colleen “Toni” Hamrick, 88 of Galien, MI, formerly of Valparaiso, IN, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2022. She was born July 8, 1934 in Beverly, WV to Albert and Ruth (Poling) Gear. Toni graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in Mill Creek, WV. She was a member of Calvary Church in Valparaiso and enjoyed solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Toni also liked gardening and tending to her flowers. Above all though, she was most proud of being a mother and grandmother. Toni was a kind and compassionate woman, who will be remembered for her sweet demeanor and loving nature. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered every day.
On August 3, 1954 in Baltimore, MD, Colleen married Leonard G. Hamrick, who preceded her in death in 2018. She is survived by their children: Randy (Deb McLeod) Hamrick of Valparaiso, IN, Tammi (Robert) Abbott of Galien, MI, Christopher (Julie) Hamrick of Valparaiso, IN; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jean Chandler; and brother, Donald Gear.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Church, 1325 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, in the Chapel of Hope, with visitation from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Church of Valparaiso.
My deepest sympathy, love and prayers for each of you who will miss her in your own special way. She was such a beautiful, loving, forgiving, and caring person. She loved and trusted the Lord with her whole life. I know that she is safe in the arms of her Lord and united with Len, Jeannie, Don and her Mom and Dad, free from any pain or sadness, but I am so sad to lose from this earth my dearest "Honey Bunny", my almost life-long friend, who prayed for me every day, who loved me as I loved her,, who knew my every secret as I knew hers. No more hoped-for visits, no more cards and notes, no more calls, no more "remember whens", no more laughs and tears, no more holding hands, no more hugs and kisses, no more singing, No more earthly Toni. Although not her beloved family I am as heart-broken as a friend can be. My heart will be there with you at her Service. -Joanne "Jodie" "Dougherty Vaughan