She was born April 2, 1925 in Akeley to Joseph M. and Anna (Schmidt) Malerich. She attended school at Akeley and graduated from there. She then attended business college in Bemidji.
She married John "Jack" Hamand in Akeley on Oct. 30, 1948. She worked with her husband at Hamand's Amoco in Akeley from 1982 until her recent retirement. She was active in many church and civic organizations.
She is survived by sons John (Sharon) of Colorado Springs, Colo., James (Cathy) of Akeley, Joseph (Robin) of Eagan, Minn.; and a daughter, Claudia of Apple Valley. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Helen and Eilene.
A memorial mass was held Sat., Feb. 6 at St. John's Catholic Church in Akeley, Father John Kleinwachter officiating. The inurnment was at Akeley City Cemetery.