Kathlyn H. Hemmer (1914 - 2017)

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  • "Suzanne, I am so sorry for your loss. I treasure the little..."
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Kathlyn Haigney Hemmer was born August 7, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to John and Susan Haigney. She was the middle child of 5 siblings who have preceded her in death- Jack, Eileen, Alice and Douglas. She attended St. Joseph's College in New York where she was voted most beautiful in the senior class and earned a B.A.. In 1942 she married the love of her life, Lieutenant Commander Bernard C. Hemmer USN (b. 1911- d. 1998). Bernie and Kathlyn moved to the Memorial area of Houston in the 1950's, where they raised their only child, Suzanne. Kathlyn and Bernie were faithful members of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Houston and were members of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. They had a wonderful life together and spent much of their retirement years traveling around the world. Kathlyn- known most often as Mrs. Hemmer- was a long time special education teacher in the Spring Branch School District. She taught at Hunters Creek Elementary for the majority of her career working with primarily with children with special needs. She was an absolutely devoted teacher and loved her students, often having them home for an overnight stay so they could have the experience of a slumber party. Her students continued to visit and check on her throughout her life, no doubt as a result of having been cared for so deeply by their teacher Mrs. Hemmer. Her personality was one of great caring and devotion to her family, many of whom she was not related to by blood. In particular, Timothy Maher and the Jake and Lena Dee family. She was also deeply connected to all her nieces and nephews who came to visit her from Dallas, New York, Connecticut and Maine. Mrs. Hemmer was most vividly remembered for her smashing sense of humor-everyone wanted to be at her table. As her nephew David Deegan said, "When Aunt Kay was there, it was a party!" Fortunately, her grandchildren, Kathlyn Chase Stovall McClough and Richard Bernard Stovall have inheritated her fabulous wit. At the age of 93, Kathlyn moved in with her daughter, Judge Suzanne Stovall of Conroe, Texas where she was loved and cared for until the end of her life. Ms. Angelica Gutierrez, Ms. Ana Diaz and Ms. Maricela Sanchez where her "Angels sent from God." These gracious ladies loved Mrs. Hemmer like she was their own mother and gave her, in the words of the hospice nurse, "the best care I have ever witnessed!" Mrs. Hemmer is survived by her daughter, Judge Suzanne Stovall of Conroe, Texas; her granddaughter and namesake, Dr. Kathlyn Chase Stovall McClough and her husband, Dr. Joel McClough and great grandchildren, Elizabeth and William McClough of Herndon, Virginia. She is additionally survived by grandson, Dr. Richard Stovall and his wife, Andrea Stovall and great grandchildren, Tesah, Sophia and Nicolas (BFB) Bernard of Austin, Texas. A private Celebration of Life will be held by the family.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Jan. 14 to Jan. 27, 2017