Elisabeth Maria Hummer

June 16, 1952 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Elisabeth Hummer Obituary

Elisabeth Maria (Brückmann) Hummer, 71, of Fair Oaks, CA was surrounded by family when her soul was released to her Lord and Savior on the evening of Thanksgiving November 23rd, 2023.

Sissy, as she was known to her friends and family, after the nickname given to Empress Elisabeth of Austria for whom she had been named, was born on June 16th, 1952 in the small town of Bürstadt in southern Hesse, Germany. Sissy was the youngest of three children and the only daughter born to Karl (Chief of Police for the surrounding region) and Anni Brückmann. Her eldest brother, Helmut, passed away in 2022, and she is survived by her brother, Reinhold, who still lives in the house where they were born and raised. Sissy attended a boarding school for ‘Gymnasium’ (Academic secondary school), which included some funny anecdotes such as the time she traveled with some classmates into East Germany for an opera that was likewise attended by a full military contingent who paid little heed to what was happening onstage due to their presence. She ultimately completed her ‘Arbitur’ exams with a certificate of advanced education in child development and a teaching credential.

Jumping straight into life as a teacher in small town Germany was not to be Sissy’s calling. At the tender age of 19 and with little in the way of a plan, Sissy set out with her close friend, Inga, on an adventure hitchhiking through Europe. Back in Germany she met her future best friend Theresa “Toadie” where their spirit of exploration and zest for life guided them on their escapades to the United States, eventually leading them to the tropical landscapes of Maui. Here is where Sissy would give birth to her first child, Nicolas. After two years, she would return to the mainland in 1981 with her little son in tow, and move into a house in Santa Monica, CA. Lo and behold it was there that she crossed paths with a gentleman renting out the back apartment whom destiny had selected as the love of her life; Michael Hummer and Sissy were married in 1982 and would go on to share 41 years of marriage until death did them part.

In 1985, Sissy and Michael departed the beaches of Southern California together with Nicolas and the next two children born to them, Justin and Juliane, to establish a home by the river in Fair Oaks in Northern California. It was here the youngest of the four siblings, Victoria, was born, and the family journey continues to this day. The whole family was enriched by their deep connection to St. Mel Catholic Church and School, wherein their children all attended elementary school and through which Sissy and Michael found strength, support, profound spiritual connection, and fostered a sense of community lasting a lifetime.

Sissy was a generous and selfless woman who lived the Gospel by giving freely of her time and talents to those in need. She volunteered as a Community Chaplain for the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento, a volunteer counselor on the 24 hour pregnancy hotline for Sacramento Life Center, an RCIA sponsor at St. Mel, and a volunteer for the Handicapables Sacramento. Her care for others extended to her professions as well. Sissy operated a home childcare for 14 years and then worked as a Home Health Aide and Certified Nursing Assistant for 12 years. Sissy faced life's challenges with grace and courage, qualities that became even more evident as she adjusted to life with Parkinson's disease over the past 10 years. Her unwavering spirit and determination inspired those around her, and her love and sacrifice for her family remained steadfast until her last breath.

Sissy is survived by her devoted husband, Michael Hummer, and her cherished children and their spouses; Nicolas and Lindsey Hummer, Justin Hummer and Robyn Holt, Juliane Hummer, and Victoria and Trevor Johnston, along with her five grandchildren Olivia Hummer, Adeline Hummer, Arya Hummer, Rosanna Hummer, and Madeline Johnston. Her memory will live on in the hearts and in the everyday actions of those who were blessed to love her, a testament to a life well-lived. Sissy’s legacy is one of love, courage, adventure, friendship, faith, and true grit. She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace and may God’s perpetual light shine upon her.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Recitation of the Rosary on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 6pm at St. Mel Catholic Church in Fair Oaks, CA.  A celebration of Elisabeth Maria Hummer's life and birthday into heaven will be held on December 14th, 2023 at 9:30am PT at St. Mel Catholic Church in Fair Oaks, CA. Following the service, there will be a short reception in the hall; then Sissy will be laid to rest at 1:15p at the Sacramento Valley Veterans National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests an act of love be done in Sissy’s name based on how she inspired you, and/or any donations be made to Parkinson's Association of Northern California, PANC or charity of your choice.  Price Funeral Chapel (916-725-2109), directors.

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Funeral Mass
December 14, 2023

9:30 AM
St. Mel Catholic Church
4745 Pennsylvania Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628


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