Merrillville woman was compassionate and caring

2014-03-09T00:00:00Z Merrillville woman was compassionate and caringBy Diane Poulton Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 09, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Margaret L. "Maggie" Hamang was the most compassionate and caring person her husband ever knew.

“Whether she was taking care of patients or taking care of the animals that lived outside the house, the raccoons, squirrels, birds or stray dogs, she wanted to feed everybody,” said her husband,  Peter Hamang. “She was always thinking about how to help people. That is what made her a good nurse.”

Hamang, 66, of Merrillville, graduated from Indiana University in the late 1970s. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Mary Medical Center and Methodist Hospital before entering home health care nursing, most recently owning Advanced Home Health Care.

Hamang enjoyed gardening and loved flowers and tropical vacations, Dr. Hamang said.

She was a devoted mother and a loving grandmother, her husband said. Passionate about family and friends, Hamang always gave them holiday cards.

“Last year’s Valentine’s Day, Maggie ended up giving me five different Valentine cards,” Peter Hamang said. “She couldn’t decide which one she liked best.”

Fashion conscious and loving to shop, Hamang dreamed of opening her own boutique. “She was a shopper par excellence,” Peter Hamang said. “She was a very beautiful woman.”

Married in September, they met at work in the 1980s but started dating two years ago at the recommendation of a friend. “She was a wonderful girl,” Peter Hamang said. “I was really lucky.”

Peter Hamang said he misses sitting and talking with his wife for hours about everything.

“We were one of those lucky couples who were on the same wavelength,” he said.

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