Margaret G. Hammer

March 17, 1920 ‒ July 28, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Margaret G. Hammer passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 in her Mansfield home surrounded by her family. She was 97.

She was born March 17, 1920 to parents William & Mary (Litvikova) Gratza in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Margaret and her mother immigrated to the United States in June of 1928. Margaret grew up in the Philadelphia area and went on to graduate from Westtown School and then continued her studies for two years at Denison College.

On July 24, 1943 in Columbus, Mississippi she married John William Hammer and they spent 60 wonderful years together until he passed away Christmas Eve in 2003.

While Margaret worked for short periods of time as a realtor and managed a local motel in downtown Mansfield, most of her time was spent at home as a housewife.

In spare time, she took pleasure in nature and wildlife. The animal kingdom had a friend in her. She was a docent at the Mansfield Art Center and Kingwood Center. A member of the Aviation Club, she loved to fly and go sailing at the Sandusky Sailing Club. But her most cherished thing to do was to be a world traveler, seeing the beautiful earth that we are on doing everything from canoeing the Amazon River to hiking in the Himalayan Mountains.

She is survived by daughter Linda L. Hammer and her husband Dudley W. Grove Jr. of Mansfield and son Russell R. Hammer and his wife Cynthia of Naples, FL.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Although no public service will be held in Margaret’s memory, her family hopes that you will hold her in your heart as you remember her in your own special way.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Margaret’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • My deepest sympathy to the family concerning the death of a dear person, and friend, Margaret Hammer.

    Margaret and I were involved in several volunteer organizations throughout many years. “Sweet”, “kind lady” always comes to mind when I think back on those many meetings when Margaret was in attendance and ready to give of her talents.

    I pray family member’s loss in time will be replaced by the many happy memories family members shared with Margaret throughout her life.

    Greater Mansfield has benefited by Margaret’s constant care and work for its betterment. She will be missed and not forgotten.

  • Hi Linda. I was so saddened to received your voice mail about your mother’s passing. She was a dear lady and I so enjoyed her company. She will be missed.
    Let me know if you need anything from us.

  • Margaret was such a wise, interesting, and giving lady. She advocated for abused and neglected children as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) through Richland County Juvenile Court until her health limited her mobility (but not her sharp mind!) at age 93. Tales of her life were so fascinating and she was always genuine in expressing her interest in others.