A Family Funeral Home

Louise Hamilton

October 29, 1921 - January 18, 2021
Waunakee, WI



Monday, January 25, 2021
11:00 AM CST
Live Stream
St. Rita Catholic Church
4339 Douglas Ave.
Racine, WI 53402


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

St Rita Catholic Church Building Fund
4339 Douglas Ave.
Racine, WI 53402

Racine Community Foundation
1135 Warwick Way # 200
Racine, WI 53406

Life Story / Obituary


Louise Hamilton, age 99 died January 18, 2021 from Covid-19. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Louise moved to Portland as a very young child and graduated from Oregon State University. Following graduation, she directed a nursery school training program for teenage mothers who were unable to master high school academics. She moved to Racine following her marriage to James M. Hamilton in 1945. A lifelong advocate for children, she raised her own five children while also championing children in the community. She volunteered as a remedial reading teacher, a member of the Governor’s Committee on Children and Youth and as a member of the Wisconsin Welfare Council. She was a board member and officer for numerous civic organizations including The Visiting Nurse Association, Racine Area United Way Grants Committee, Racine Planning Council and Racine Area Foundation. Her lifelong generosity and belief in community service provided an amazing role model for her family. She was an active outdoorswoman and taught her family to love nature. She is survived by her daughters Josephine (Paul) Yeoman, Maryann (Mike) Ricker, and Joan (Steve) Greenberg, daughter-in-law Patty (James) Hamilton, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and her sister, Joan Kinzel. She was preceded in death by husband James and sons James and Michael, great grandchildren Abigail Bourne, Jack, Willow, and Amos Hogan, and her brother James Hickey.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Monday January 25, 2021, 11:00 AM at St. Rita Catholic Church with private interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To view the service online, you may go to Louise’s page on the funeral home website, www.meredithfuneralhome.com, select visitation/services and then live stream. There will be no visitation. Memorials to St. Rita Church Building Fund and The Racine Community Foundation are appreciated.