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James Anthony J.D. "Jim" Hemmer


1921 - 2018 Notice Condolences
Hemmer, James "Jim" Anthony, J.D. Born April 6, 1921 in Zanesville, Ohio to Charles S. and Cora E. (Whitlinger) Hemmer. Entered into Eternal Life on June 8, 2018, Milwaukee, WI. He is survived by the love of his life Patricia (nee Weir) Hemmer. They were married on September 16, 1950 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Zanesville, Ohio. To this blessed union, 7 children were born and survive him: Mary Beth (Al) Japely; John Timothy "JT" (Cathy Pinter); Peter Charles (Jackie); Anne Therese (Mike) Gallagher; Martha Elizabeth (George) Knezic; Paul Andrew (Susan Imlay); James Michael "Jamie" Hemmer. He is the proud grandfather to 14 grandchildren: Elizabeth (fiance Todd Nicholas) Japely, Ian (Carolyn) Japely; Nina Grace Hemmer; Michael (Jenn), Christopher (Cyndi), and Cora (Gerardo Meraz) Hemmer; Andrew (Holly) Rhodes and Katie Rhodes; Anna, Thomas, Emily and Elisabeth Knezic; Matthew and John Hemmer. Adoring great-grandfather of 9. He is also survived by his very dear and loving sisters Mary Ann (Fred) Baker and Theresa Marie Hemmer of Zanesville, Ohio, sister-in-law Kathy (Kent) Howell of Portland, OR, many nieces and nephews, goddaughter and niece Mary Theresa Baker, dear friends, and relatives. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved parents, brothers Paul, Robert, Charles, Karl, and Sister Rita (Bob) Todd, and granddaughter Katie Rhodes. Jim was devoted to his family, his country, and his Catholic Faith. He was grateful for the Catholic education he received at St. Nicholas Grade School and High School in Zanesville, Ohio. During high school, he worked for the family business, The Hemmer Ice Cream Co. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps where he was a weather forecaster and a pilot, and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Upon his honorable discharge, he was encouraged by a Jesuit to continue his education at Marquette University and received his degrees in Philosophy and Law. He raised his family in Cudahy, WI. He practiced law from 1952-1987 and also served as a court commissioner from 1978-2014. He taught Business Law at M.A.T.C. and at Marquette University Law School, a popular class on opening and operating a law practice. He was a memorable and well-respected member of the Milwaukee Law Community. Through Jim's efforts with the State Legislature and State Supreme Court, attorneys in Wisconsin were granted the status of permanent Notary Publics. He is proud to be called a son of God. He had the mind of a giant and the heart of a servant. He was a prolific poet, perpetual student and teacher, creative and industrious, a gardener, golfer, amazing story and joke teller--the best Dad and Grandpa in the whole world. His unconditional and faithful love of family will be eternal. His greatest legacy is his daily witness of love and devotion to his wife Patricia, his bride of over 67 years whom he loves with all his heart, mind, and soul. Family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, June 23 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, 844 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00A.M. A reception will follow. Interment will be private. "We were not born to live on this earth; we were put here to love, honor, and serve God in this life and be happy with Him in the next."
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from June 13 to June 17, 2018
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