Veronica F. Hamula died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the age of 94, with family at her bedside. The Sacrament of Last Rites was administered by Fr. Sandy McDonald of St. John Neuman Roman Catholic Church in Columbia.
A resident of Camden, SC, Veronica moved here 12 years ago to live with her daughter, Fran, and her son-in-law, the Rev. Doug Holmes, former Rector of Grace Church in Camden. Veronica was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Camden until walking became too difficult for her. She loved to knit and crochet and may be remembered there for her donation of crocheted afghans to the church for fundraising and to give to the sick and shut ins, as well as for her charming spirit and smile. At the age of 50, she married her second husband, John Hamula, who predeceased her about 16 years ago. Veronica’s only sibling, her beloved sister, Vivian, also predeceased her by many years. Veronica, known to some as Verna, also loved to dance. At the age of 50 she helped begin two folk dance groups, one for adults and one for children for which she was director, choreographer and teacher. They performed all over upstate New York at festivals, community events and nursing homes. She held various secretarial positions all her life. Finally she worked as Executive Secretary to the Director for Environmental Health and Human Services in county government for over 20 years, retiring at the age of 69. In addition to her daughter, Veronica is survived by her son, Bernard, who resides in upstate New York, two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews spanning this nation from New York to Florida and California to Virginia, not to mention her beloved cat, Nellie, named in honor of her cherished Gramma Cain who raised Veronica and her sister from an early age. Veronica took to Camden right away. She often remarked that it reminded her of Sayre, PA where she was born and raised.
A funeral Mass will be held for her at her home parish in upstate NY followed by her burial. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements. A memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church is being planned at a later date for some time in late June. Details will be announced at www.kornegayfuneral.com and in the Chronicle-Independent.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hamula family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.