Rosalie Hamel Sumner


MILTON, N.H. – Rosalie Hamel Sumner, 57, formerly of Bethel, passed away peacefully at her home in Milton, N.H., on the morning of Jan. 11, with her loving family by her side after a brave battle with cancer.

A daughter of Georgianna and Kenneth Hamel, she was born in Berlin, N.H., on Nov. 22, 1949.

A 1967 graduate of Berlin High School, Rose attended Houle’s Beauty Academy in Manchester, N.H., in 1968. She worked in various professions throughout her life, particularly enjoying her 12 years of volunteer service as a licensed emergency medical technician on the Bethel ambulance. She was awarded the Bethel Area Health Center “Medical Award” for her dedicated service.

She also spent several years working as a special needs assistant and kindergarten assistant in SAD 44. She took a great deal of pride in watching the students she worked with reach new goals and was extremely proud of the children and her role in helping them. She was also very proud of her participation in the Bethel community as a Cub Scout den mMother and farm team baseball coach.

Her many life interests and passions included gardening, crafting, quilting, creating stained glass art, painting, hunting, fishing, camping and sitting around campfires with her family and friends. She loved the holidays, particularly Christmas when surounded by family, children and grandchildren.

She often noted that she was most happy and fulfilled when she was with her husband and her children. She dedicated and built her life around supporting them.

She is survived by Albert L. Sumner, her caring friend and loving husband of 25 years; her son, Jason Walega; daughter, Holly Beauchesne; two granddaughters, Julianna and Asheley; she was honored to be a stepmother to Scott, Shannon and Stacey Sumner; as well as a grandmother to their children. The eldest of five siblings in a close family, she was a friend and sister to Kenneth Hamel Jr., Phyllis Davis, Linda Smith, Keith Hamel and their families.