Dorien Hope (Schmidt) Hammann Obituary – Sheboygan Press Media – Sheboygan Press | Dauktion

On October 13, 2022, God decided to take one of His faithful soldiers, Dorien Hope (Schmidt) Hammann, into His arms. She was born on April 15, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Eileen Hazel Alberta Krug (as Beverly Ann Krug). She was then adopted by Dorothy M. and George J. Schmidt, who they named Dorien. Dorien grew up in Glendale, Wisconsin with her adoptive brother Allan Schmidt. Her two mothers, her father and her brother preceded her in death. Dorien graduated from Rufus King High School and attended Ripon College. At Ripon, she became lifelong friends with Betty (Goodrich) (Russell) Hipke and Carolyn “Callie” (Callahan) Landwehr, and their friendship spanned many generations of marriages, births, deaths, graduations, and reunions. They were so blessed to spend a day together last year and their families will always be connected. Dorien married Terrence Jones Foster in 1959 and had two sons, Sean J. Foster and Cameron J. “CJ” Foster. They divorced, and Terrence died in 1976. In 1970, Dorien married Charles J. Hein and had one daughter, Deborah A. (Hein) Kloster, and also had an adult stepson, Charles “Chuck” Hein, and an adult stepdaughter, Judy (Hein ). Graczkowski. Dorien also earned the coveted title of Grandma to Chuck and Judy’s children. Charles J. died suddenly in 1977. Dorien then married Fredrick A. Hammann in 1979, who passed away in 2018. Dorien worked throughout her adult life and retired as a health worker at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital. Outside of work, she volunteered with various organizations (Cub/Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA, FISH, Church Leadership, Bowling League, and Meals on Wheels), joined the Crystal Lake Golf League in 1970, and played golf into her 80’s and continued to play cards with the league after being unable to play golf. When Dorien and Fred married, they enjoyed many traveling adventures (RV and bike), sporting events, children’s activities, live theater and volunteering. During their travels, they found their beloved winter retreat in Sanibel, Florida, and enjoyed a “49” friend group that became family through a shared Wisconsin connection. The “49ers” rallied about their love of Badger football and basketball games, and “On Wisconsin!” would blast through RV speakers after Badger victories. There have been many trips across the country and 2003 was one of the most memorable family trips. In their RV, followed by the Fosters in their RV, they traveled to Montana where the Klosters joined in their RV to travel through the Dakotas, Yellowstone and into Alberta, Canada. Dorien and Fred (along with grandson Samuel) continued the adventure in Alaska to round out the trip. Dorien’s zest for life was evident to all who knew her. She loved socializing and was generous with her time and money to support her faith and help those less fortunate. Her use of money envelopes ensured her family never really felt a need or just justify wasting it. Her notes and records of expenses are amazing to read and she clearly appreciated the concept of working hard and playing hard. Her faith was strong during the many curve balls that life threw at her: knee replacements, hip replacements, breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, hernia and heart problems that never seemed to slow her down. Dorien’s life would not be complete without the story of her reunion with her birth mother, Eileen Wagner. Although Dorien was blessed to have been raised in a loving family, she kept asking herself, Did “I” do anything to be put up for adoption? This mystery was solved when she was 83 and met her 99-year-old birth mother for the first time! Her story was published in the Chicago Tribune, and Dorien was so blessed to meet her birth mother and gain a half-sister and half-brother. Eileen died almost a year after her reunion with Dorien at the age of 100. She is survived by her sons Sean J. Foster and Cameron J. “CJ” (Jeanette) Foster; daughter Deborah A. (Brian) Kloster; grandson Samuel R. Foster; granddaughters Claire R. Kloster and Isabel A. Kloster; stepchildren Chuck (Bev) Hein and Judy (John) Graczkowski and their children and grandchildren; a sister Nancy DeLap and a brother Bill Wagner and their families. Also surviving was the large group of friends who were her extended family for most of her life. Dorien was preceded in death by her birth mother, adoptive mother and father, adoptive brother, husbands, and many friends. Viewing takes place on Tuesday (18 October 2022) at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 4pm to 6pm; followed by a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. Rev. Rebecca Johnston will officiate. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Elkhart Lake. The Suchon Funeral Home supports the family. For online condolences, please visit The family would like to thank the compassionate and professional staff at the Sheboygan Senior Community for caring for Dorien over the past 16 months. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your preferred charity.

Posted October 14, 2022

Published in The Sheboygan Press

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