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OBITUARY: Barbara J. “Bette” Hemauer

Barbara J. “Bette” Hemauer, age 84, of Hilbert, died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Calumet Medical Center in Chilton. She was born August 3, 1931 in Hilbert, daughter of the late Frank & Theresa (Mueller) Schabach. Bette married Clarence J. “Bike” Hemauer on August 23, 1950 and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage together and raised their 8 children.

Bette worked as a dietary aide at the hospital in Chilton; a position she held for 25 years until her retirement. Before working at the hospital, Bette kept the financial records for Bike’s Hilbert Cabinet & Supply. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert where she had also belonged to the Christian Women and volunteered where and when she could.

Bette was a huge sports fan; it wasn’t uncommon for her to watch, or listen to sports from morning until night. Early in her life, she enjoyed bowling and belonged to several local leagues. She and Bike took trips to Arizona to visit her children and grandchildren, but this also afforded an opportunity to catch the Milwaukee Brewers at Spring Training. The couple also enjoyed time with each other going on trips to the casino where she could play the ‘One Armed Bandits’, trips to Green Bay Packer games, and although she considered herself a Packer Fan, she held a soft spot in her heart for the Chicago Bears for reasons unknown to most.

Above all, Bette cherished moments spent with every member of her family. She took the greatest pride in the care she provided to everyone she loved, especially her children. Planned and unplanned trips anywhere with Bike and the family brought her great joy and excitement. She loved to sit down with her family to play a game of Stick or Switch, Low Rummy or a good game of Sheepshead into the wee hours of the morning.

Bette will be fondly remembered by those that loved her as a caring person giving of herself to make the lives of those around her better, and more full of joy.

Survivors include her children: Les (Judy) Hemauer, Steve (Kathy) Hemauer, Janet (Frank) Morgan, Lynn (Gary) Harden, Cindy (Randy) Michiels, Gary (Diane) Hemauer, Pam (Mark) Giannonatti, Brian (Nancy) Hemauer; grandchildren: Amanda & Alicia Halderson, Chris Hemauer, Heather (Roman) Chestelson, Garrett (Dana Berke) Harden, Patrick (Kristen) Harden, Mitchell (Nicki) Michiels, Justin (Liz) Giannonatti, Brittany, Tyler & Nicole Giannonatti, Scott & Melony Caruso; great grandchildren: Ali, Bridget & Gabrielle Chestelson, Adrian & Claire Harden, Piper Giannonatti, Lainey Michiels; a sister: Dorothy Grishaber; a brother: Roland Schabach and his friend, Lucy; and her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Doris Zahringer, John (Jean) Hemauer, & Rosemary (Robert) Parsons. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Bike; grandchildren: Jennifer & Amanda Hemauer; siblings: Leander (Katie) Schabach, Loretta (Wilbur) Beckley and infant siblings: Marie, Matthew, Earl & Shirley; and her in-laws: Leo Grishaber, Lucille (Gilbert) Schoen, Alfred (Anita) Hemauer, Leo (Eileen) Hemauer, Mabel (John) Cooper, Robert (Lorena) Hemauer, Jerry Hemauer, Francis (Ellen) Hemauer, Elaine (Bill) Goeser, Jim Hemauer, Joseph Hemauer, Walter Hemauer, & Sylvester “Wimp” Zahringer.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church (108 S. 6th St.) in Hilbert with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2016 and on Saturday at Church from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. A parish vigil service will take place on Friday evening at the close of the visitation.

Bette’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Atrium Post Acute Care in Chilton and the Calumet Medical Center for all of the loving care that they had provided to both Bette and her family.

Memorials given in the name of Barbara J. “Bette” Hemauer to St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert are appreciated.  

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