YUCAIPA, Calif. — Eileen A. Lammers, 83, died Jan. 9, 2015, in Yucaipa. She endured a several year battle with dementia and died from complications following a fall.
A Rosary was held Jan. 16, followed by a Memorial Mass, at Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, Yucaipa.
Eileen was born to Paul and Mary Werthman March 26, 1931, on the small, family farm near Crofton. The youngest of five children, she was raised in Hartington. She attended Trinity Catholic High School, where she met Richard “Dick” Lammers.
They were married June 26, 1950, in Hartington, one year after graduation. In 1953, a year after the birth of their first child, the couple followed Eileen’s sister, Rosella Mutter, to Redlands, Calif. They found a new home in nearby Yucaipa in 1955, decided the small, picturesque town was ideal for a new family, and became permanent residents.
Eileen and Dick were co-owners of the Yucaipa and Calimesa Food Fair Markets for 40 years. While raising her family of four children, she served as the head bookkeeper for the grocery stores and the secretary-treasurer for the Calimesa Plaza Shopping Center.
Eileen was an active member of her church, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini, serving as a life member of the Catholic Daughters and as a Eucharistic Minister.
She loved cooking, knitting, and flower gardening. Eileen recorded all family events in photographs, which have become priceless family treasures. She will also be fondly remembered for her elaborate meals and perfectly kept house.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dick Lammers; her four children and their spouses, Richard L. Lammers, Mattawan, Mich.; Michael Lammers, Beaumont, Calif.; Diane Lissner, Santa Ana, Calif.; and Steven Lammers, Hawthorne Woods, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Eileen was the last living member of her siblings, Rosella Mutter, Dolores Kramer, Al Werthman, and Harry Werthman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Building Fund.