Nov. 1, 1922-April 22, 2012
Julie Veronica Hemker, 89, of Ottoville died at 9:40 p.m. Sunday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born November 1, 1922, in Ottoville to Joseph and Anna (Beining) Hoersten, who preceded her in death.
On Aug. 19, 1944, she married Hubert “Bud” Hemker, who died Aug. 10, 1993.
She is survived by a daughter, Ginni (Larry) Sroufe of Cloverdale; four sons, Ronald (Anne) Hemker and Richard (Janet) Hemker of Ottoville, Gary (Cathy) Hemker of Delphos and Randy (Carol) Hemker of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Clarann (Herb) Gerdeman of Delphos; two sisters-in-law, Rita Hoersten of Ottoville and Mary Ellen (Tom) Deffenbaugh of Delphos; and a brother-in-law, Bill Hemker of Delphos. She was blessed with 18 grandchildren, Darren (Janet) Sroufe of Boonville, Ind., Craig (Katrina) Sroufe of Delphos, Nichole (Judd) Spencer of Cloverdale, Gwenn Spencer of Cloverdale, Brian (Cheryl) Hemker of Marysville, Michelle (Ron) Jaross of Bedminster, N.J., Sarah Hemker of Columbus, Joshua Hemker of Ashland, Terri (Keith) VonLehmden of Liberty Township, Dawn (Eric) Schnipke of Ottoville, Kimberley (Matt) Wannemacher and Christina Hemker of Ottoville, Matt (Sarah) Hemker of Landeck, Doug (Tricia) Hemker and Julie (Scott) Horstman of Columbus, Ryan (Katie Grove) Hemker of Chicago, Lauren Hemker of Bloomington, Ind., and Lexi Hemker of Louisville, Ky. She was also a great-grandmother to 23 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Felix, Lawrence, Vincent, Anthony, Hugo and Clarence Hoersten; four sisters, Mathilda Herman, Elizabeth Wegesin, Barbara Schneider and Victoria Luersman; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Jayce Wannemacher.
Mrs. Hemker was a member of Ottoville Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and their Altar Rosary Society. She loved spending time with her family, baking cookies, praying the rosary, and working in her flower gardens.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ottoville Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rev. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where there will be a scripture service at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, for masses or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.