Joan Mary Hemmer, nee Shaffer, 84, formerly of Belleville, Ill., born June 7, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo., left this life on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at her Brookdale Gaines Ranch in Austin, Texas.
Joan was born to Joseph Raleigh and Elizabeth "Bee", nee Droste, Shaffer. She grew up in Shiloh, Illinois, and married James N. Hemmer at Corpus Christi Church on August 9, 1952. She accompanied him on his career in the US Air Force and the Department of Defense -AVSCOM. They lived in New York, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and Arizona where Jim divorced her in 1988. Joan moved to Waco in 1993, to be closer to her "Texas kids."
She was currently a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Austin, Texas, and a former member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Waco, Texas. She was a dedicated and active volunteer with Newcomers and Neighbors, Historic Waco Foundation, The Board of Earle Napier Kinnard House, and served for over a decade through Retired Senior Volunteer Program at Lone Star Legal Service. In 1972, she became a tax professional and instructor for H&R Block.
Joan is survived by her eight children, Michael Hemmer of Austin, Texas, Mark Hemmer of Pacific, Mo., Laura Craig of Webster Groves, Mo., Philip Hemmer of Carrollton, Texas/Fairfield Bay, Ark., Paul Hemmer of Austin, Texas, Gregory Hemmer of Madison Wisc., John Hemmer of Olalla Wash., and Amy Hemmer, of St. Louis, Mo.; and their spouses.
Joan is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Monsignor James Margason officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 15, 2016