Donna Jean Hemmelman, 55, of rural Le Mars, died Thursday Feb. 23, 2006, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, following a courageous battle with cancer.
The former Donna Jean Schulz was born June 14, 1950 at Watertown, Wis., the daughter of Alvin and Evelyn (Haerterich) Schulz. She grew up in Lake Mills, Wis., and graduated from high school at Lake Mills Public School in 1968. Donna then attended Westmar College in Le Mars, where she graduated in 1972 with a degree in elementary education. Her first marriage was to Albert Schulz, during which they adopted two children. Later on Aug. 28, 1998, she was united in marriage to Michael Hemmelman at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars.
Donna had been employed for over 15 years with Hy-Vee Food Stores in Le Mars. Prior to her employment with Hy-Vee, she had also been employed with the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.
On July 20, 2003, Donna Hemmelman rededicated and renewed her life to God, in which afterwards was an active member of Le Mars Assembly of God Church, where she was involved as a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Wasmer Post 241 and was the secretary/treasurer of the Plymouth County American Legion Auxiliary.
Donna had a passion spending much of her time lovingly making arts and crafts as gifts for her family and friends. She loved her cats, tending to her garden, watching cooking and home shows, and doing home improvements. Hailing from Wisconsin she was a true "Cheesehead" and avidly watched her Packers. Brett Favre was her favorite player to watch. Her compassionate love for people, especially children, along with her free-spirit made an impact on so many. Donna's love for children was so great and what gave her the most joy and happiness in her life was being a mother and grandmother. She was a loyal, faithful, and loving wife to her husband. Many gifts given from her, many gifts received by so many from her -- truly a gift from God.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Hemmelman of rural Le Mars; a son, Patrick Schulz of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Shallynn Schulz of Cherokee; a step-daughter Danielle Hemmelman of Norfolk, Neb.; two grandchildren, Jaydon Lane and Khloe Mann; her mother, Evelyn Williams of Lake Mills, Wis.; two sisters, Cathie Donaldson and her husband, Gary of Appleton, Wis., and Barbara Hansen and her husband, Pastor Art Hansen of Burnsville, Minn.; three brothers, Gary Schulz and his wife, Lania of Chetek, Wis., Rich Schulz and his wife, Joan of Middleton, Wis., and George Schulz and his wife, Cathy of Lake Mills, Wis.; and her very close meaningful friends, Pat Denney, Chareen Valentine, Angie Conyers, Shawnda Rutledge, and Clarice Henrich.
She was preceded in death by her father Alvin Schulz.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Dan Krause, Pastor of Le Mars Assembly of God Church officiating. Pastors Tom Greaves, Art Hansen, and Charles Amell will assist with the funeral service. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery at Adaville.
Visitation will be anytime after 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. A prayer service and a time for sharing of memories will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the funeral at First Baptist Church on Tuesday morning.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Schulz, Rick Schulz, Gary Schulz, George Schulz, Carroll Haeterich, Ray Hemmelman, Eldon Gabel, and Kent Conover.
Honorary pallbearers will be Shallynn Schulz, Lane Hemmelman, Steve Hemmelman, Bruce Dutcher, Mark Bolie, Mike Bates, Bruce Small, and Rohn Rutledge.