Laura Ann Hamel, 63, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday May 10, 2023 in Lone Tree, Colorado. Laura was a wonderful woman, beautiful in every way. She always had a smile on her face and made every room she entered brighter. Laura was selfless, kind, faithful, generous, joyful and resilient. Her death was unexpected and her family and friends are grieving her loss while also expressing profound gratitude for the life she lived, the love she shared, and the faith she had in Jesus Christ.
Laura was born on August 12, 1959 to Ray Marvin Puls and Margaret Ann Puls. After graduating at the top of her class from Columbine High School where she was the president of the National Honors Society and engaged in drama and singing, Laura attended Denver University. She then met Martin Joseph Hamel, whom she fell in love with and married on June 16, 1979. After marrying, Laura directed her attention chiefly toward caring for her family and raising her five kids. She gave everything she had to love and provide for her children, all of whom adore her and miss her greatly. Laura also had 14 grandchildren, whom she constantly lavished with excessive amounts of time, affection, attention, and gifts.
Laura was a devoted Christian woman who had a deep love for Jesus. She put the Lord first in everything and lived her life for the glory of God. Laura spent a great deal of time leading Bible studies at her church (Orchard Bible Church), BSF, and at work with her colleagues. She delighted in building meaningful relationships with others, and those relationships always resulted in people feeling profoundly loved by both God and her. Laura helped countless people grow as disciples of Jesus and mature in their faith.
Laura worked at the Regional Transportation District of Denver from 2001 - 2012 and at Finastra from 2012 - 2023. Laura always took great pride in her work; she excelled at her job, considered it a privilege to serve her coworkers, and desired to make a meaningful impact for her employer. As in all other areas of life, Laura left every place she worked better than she found it, with people constantly talking about her joy, integrity, intelligence, and commitment to excellence in everything she did.
Laura is survived by her children Cynthia Hamel, Krista Hamvas (married to Dave Hamvas), Kim Kienholz (married to John Kienholz), Dan Hamel (married to Keren Hamel) and Dave Hamel; her grandchildren Bryiant and Cylara Williams, Caden, Aylah, Zack, Keely, Zander, and Caleb Hamvas, Owen, Luke, and Calvin Kienholz, and Hudson, Addie, and Luke Hamel; and her brothers Don, Larry, and Dean Puls.
Laura is preceded in death by her parents Ray Margaret Puls and her brother, Roger Puls.
The family welcomes anyone who wants to honor Laura to participate in her services which will be held at Orchard Bible Church in Centennial, Colorado on May 16, 2023. Visitation 1:00 - 3:00. Celebration of life 3:30. Donations in Laura’s honor can be made to support Bible Study Fellowship. Flowers in Laura’s honor can be sent to Orchard Bible Church at 6116 S Pennsylvania St, Centennial, CO 80121.