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Kathryn E. HemmerDecember 26, 1919 ~ June 26, 2017 (age 97)
Kathryn E. Hemmer, age 97, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at a care center in Watertown. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Watertown. The celebrant will be Fr. Michael Wensing. Music will be provided by Jane Rokusek as organist with Blaine Martian as song leader. The family is requested to meet at the church on Monday by 9:30 a.m. for a prayer service.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. Catholic Daughters of America Rosary. Visitation will continue on Monday prior to services at the church.
Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Watertown. Honorary pallbearers will be Kathryn’s great-grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Jim Hemmer, Jessica Olson, Jenna Andrews, Ashley Hemmer, Britni Hemmer, Eric Nickelson, Kathryn Nickelson, Jessi Carlson Rotkis and Emy Carlson Hauck.
Kathryn was born on December 26, 1919, in Brookings County to Edward and Margaret (Ahern) Buckley. She graduated from Brookings High School.
On November 2, 1938, Kathryn married Don Hemmer at Sioux Falls, SD. The couple lived on a farm near Aurora and later moved to Brookings, SD, when Don was sent to war during WWII. Kathryn worked at SDSU and Red Owl in Brookings. In 1957, they moved to Watertown where she stayed at home to raise their children, later working at Village Cleaners. Don preceded her in death in 1988 and she continued to make her home in Watertown.
She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America and Elks Wives and Widows. She enjoyed golfing, playing softball and watching the Minnesota Twins. She also enjoyed reading and embroidery. Kathryn was very active up to the last couple of years.
Kathryn is survived by two children, Kay Nickelson of Castlewood, SD, and Doug (Laurie) Hemmer of Watertown; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Linette Hemmer, of Rapid City, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; two sons, Darrell and Dennis; four brothers; and three sisters.