In loving memory of

Judith Hemker
August 9, 1945 - June 5, 2021

Judith Joyce Hemker, age 75, of Winona, was born on August 9th, 1945, in Winona, Minnesota, to Clarence and Vernette (Wenzel) Belter. She passed away peacefully at home, on June 5th, 2021, at her home, 6 weeks after she lost her husband of fifty eight years.
On January 5, 1963, she married Richard Hemker at Saint Martin's Lutheran Church in Winona, MN. Together they raised three sons: Roger, Thomas, and Randy.
Throughout her lifetime, Judy supported the businesses that they owned by being responsible for the administrative support and raising her family. They owned the Witoka Tavern, B&H Rubbish and Hemker Transport.
Judy and Rich camped for 25 years at Money Creek Campground, joking with friends and family around the fire. She especially loved the time she spent with her grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, Roger (Karla), Thomas (Karen), and Randy (Tiffany Kronebusch); eight grandchildren, Logan (Haley), Luke, Matthew, Ellie, Drake, Paige, Adilynn, and Ben; sister, Nancy Hemker; and two brothers, David (Donna) Belter and Dean (Judy) Belter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, her brother, Denny, and brother in law, Robert Hemker.
Funeral Service will be 3 p.m., Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview with the Reverend Richard A. Moore officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m., until the time of the service.
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Brenda & Eric Bennett family wrote on Jun 10, 2021:

"Our hearts our sad to hear the loss of your Mother. She is in Heaven with your dad. Our family enjoyed camping at Money Creek. Your parents were a big part of us loving it so much. We enjoyed the morning coffee sessions, the afternoon happy hours, Judith handing out gummy worms to our kids( who looked forward to this) and all the laughs that came along the way! Our deepest sympathies to all of you boys and the extended family!"

Craig &Teri Vitcenda wrote on Jun 8, 2021:

"Our deepest sympathy to all. Our hearts go out to all of you."

Kate (Passehl)Burt wrote on Jun 8, 2021:

"Family, So sorry for your loss. Rich and Judy were great neighbors growing up. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers."

Roger A Neitzke wrote on Jun 7, 2021:

"My sympathy to the Hemker family.Always enjoyed visting with Judith and Rich they were wonderful caring folks."

Tim Abrams wrote on Jun 7, 2021:

"to the hemkers i knowen judey an rich an boys from when they moved to witoka to run the tavern she was agood gal an she liked to have a good time an she did till we meet again rest in peace lucey "

Wayne & Arlene Wenzel wrote on Jun 7, 2021:

"So sorry to hear of Judys passing. We were neighbors for years golfed together went to races together lots of fun times."

Lois Wenzel wrote on Jun 7, 2021:

" Very sorry to hear of the passing of Judy.. Our sympathy to all of the family.. Bob and Lois Wenzel"