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Josina W. 'Jo' Hemker

Josina W. "Jo" Hemker

Sep 2, 1928 - May 1, 2010
Josina W. "Jo" Hemker of Riverton died on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was 81.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with burial to follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.

Josina W. Krommenhock was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Sept. 2, 1929, the daughter of Jan and Jozina (Beji) Krommenhock. She grew up in Iowa and attended school there.

She married Thomas Manard Withrow in Berkley, Calif., on Nov. 14, 1946 to that union six children were born. The couple later divorced.

She married Gerald "Jerry" Hemker in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 13, 1980. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2008.

Mrs. Hemker lived in various communities in Wyoming, settling in Riverton in 2005.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Riverton.

Mrs. Hemker worked as a cook at the Wyoming State Training School in Lander for over 10 years, having worked at Little America in Rock Springs for five years after that, and at the Conoco Station in Rock Springs.

She raised six children and was described as family oriented. Her family said she enjoyed doing ceramics, crocheting, camping, fishing, and enjoyed family gatherings.

Survivors include her son, Darrell Withrow of Lander; daughters, Laura Harris and her husband Frank of Arapahoe, Trudy Knight and her husband Pat of Lander, Sherrie Keele and husband Dan of Riverton, Tina Pierce and husband Rodney of Lander, and Rose Pierce and husband Randall of Riverton; step-children, Bruce Hemker, Delva Hemker, Wayne Hemker, Mary Satha, Sharon Hemker, and Doug Hemker; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Jacoba Butcher of Sioux City, Iowa; sister-in-law, Verna Moon of Rochester, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry on March 7, 2008; nine brothers; one sister; her former husband, Thomas Withrow on April 14, 1987, and her parents.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Foundation in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Service are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.