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Laura Hamel

Laura K. Hamel

Monday, October 20th, 1952 - Monday, July 12th, 2021
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Laura (Babcock) Hamel
October 20, 1952 – July 12, 2021


Laura Hamel of Ashford died peacefully at home from complications from chronic adrenal failure and cancer.

Raised in Newington, she studied at the Hartford Ballet, and formed a dance troupe (The Mountain Laurel Cloggers). She lived in Vernon in the 1980s, then 28 years in Ashford where she raised geese and later sheep on a small farm.

She was an artist who had a creative talent for making things more beautiful in painting, landscaping, fashion design and decorating. She loved nature, animals and most of all God. Although quiet, she was mentally gifted, a good story teller and eager to help, especially in advising on natural remedies.

She was active in several churches in the Ashford area, as well as Coventry and Manchester.

She was a good, wise and thrifty wife for 38 years to Maurice Hamel, who worked at the CT Department of Environmental Protection. Always pretty, her beauty grew more radiant as she aged.

She was the daughter of the late Stuart Babcock and Charlotte Reinaman Babcock of Bloomfield. She leaves sisters Constance Schenenga of Bloomfield, and Susan Babcock White of Bloomfield, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Wakes will be held on Saturday July 17th from 11 AM to 2 PM and Monday July 19th from 4 to 6 PM at Tolland Memorial Funeral Home at 375 Merrow Road in Tolland.

A funeral open to the public will be held on Tuesday July 20th at 11 AM at Westford Hill Cemetery at 333 Westford Hill Road in Ashford, followed by a reception at Living Proof Church at 38 Pompey Hollow Road (Rt. 44) in Ashford.

In leu of flowers, donations can be made to SamaritansPurse.org. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 17th, 2021 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 17th, 2021 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Location
    Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    375 Merrow Road
    TOLLAND, CT 06084
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, July 19th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 19th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    375 Merrow Road
    TOLLAND, CT 06084
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  • Interment

    Location
    Westford Hill Cemetery
    Address
    Westford Hill Road
    ASHFORD, CT 06278
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    Notes
    Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11am. (Please meet at Cemetery)

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Maurice Hamel

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Laura (Babcock) Hamel
October 20, 1952 – July 12, 2021


Laura Hamel of Ashford died peacefully at home from complications from chronic adrenal failure and cancer.

Raised in Newington, she studied at the Hartford Ballet, and formed a dance troupe (The Mountain Laurel Cloggers). She lived in Vernon in the 1980s, then 28 years in Ashford where she raised geese and later sheep on a small farm.

She was an artist who had a creative talent for making things more beautiful in painting, landscaping, fashion design and decorating. She loved nature, animals and most of all God. Although quiet, she was mentally gifted, a good story teller and eager to help, especially in advising on natural remedies.

She was active in several churches in the Ashford area, as well as Coventry and Manchester.

She was a good, wise and thrifty wife for 38 years to Maurice Hamel, who worked at the CT Department of Environmental Protection. Always pretty, her beauty grew more radiant as she aged.

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Posted at 01:00pm
With deepest sympathy, The Schenenga Family (Glenn, Connie, Lea, Kevin and Katie)
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Donna Wolcott

Posted at 10:11am
Maurice and family, our deepest sympathies.

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Mary B Mogensen

Posted at 09:08pm
Ah Maurice, I am so very sorry. The four of us had some good times together sharing Bible study and socializing. I especially remember the weekend you went to Maine with us to "do" the Fryeburg Fair. We stayed at Rob's son's house and played a word game or two. I think it was Scattergories that Laura and I were partners and her clue to me was, "Some place I hate to go". I guessed a tunnel and was correct. Blew everyone away!! Whenever I think of that time, it makes me chuckle. And the animal stories and love we shared. She was a special person and I am blessed to have known her and call her "friend".
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Mark Haney

Posted at 08:24pm
Maurice, so sorry to hear of Laura's passing. I hope the fond memories of the times you shared together will ease the pain of your loss and help you get through this difficult time. Please take care.

My deepest condolences,
Mark Haney, Golder Associates
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