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Emma Dolores Hemann

Emma Dolores Hemann, 80, of Clifton, passed away Jan. 20, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, with her family and friends by her side.

She was born April 25, 1927, in Logan, Iowa, to Vester Thomas Jones and Olive

Christina Witt.



Emma’s family left Iowa and moved to Kalamath Falls, Ore., toward the end of World War II, where she met Phillip “Pat” Hemann. They were married May 31, 1946, in Seattle, where he was stationed with the U.S. Navy.

In 1949, they moved to Basalt with their son. They moved to Aspen in the summer of 1951, then moved to the Healy homestead in 1953.



Emma worked at the Aspen Public Schools as a cook and for Guido Meyer in the Guido’s Swiss Inn gift shop.

As the family business, Hemann Sand and Gravel, became more prosperous, Emma became a full-time housewife and the business manager for the company. She and Pat were true business partners. In 1974, they sold the business and moved to Clifton, and Emma settled into becoming a doting and generous grandmother.

She loved having her grandchildren stay with her, and throughout her life she gave her time and money to make their lives better. She took them to Disneyland, on camping trips, and provided them with anything she thought they might need in addition to her unconditional love.

Emma’s other passion was cooking, and she loved fixing huge family dinners and entertaining guests.

She is survived by son Phillip (Deanne) of Parachute, daughter Kris (Henry) Kagerer of Basalt; grandchildren Lisa Hemann, Brooks (Angie) Hemann, Joshua Hemann, Tracy (Tom) Roach, Kerry (Aaron) Harrison, David (Brandy) Kagerer, Ben (Nicole) Kagerer, Kate Kagerer, and Kim Kagerer; brother Richard; sisters Irene, Jeanne, Barbara, Juliene, Sandra and Charlotte; and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years; brother Wayne; and sisters Clara Belle, Lucille, Evelyn and Shirley.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Callahan Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road in Grand Junction. The service will be officiated by Clay Alexander of the Clifton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

A private interment will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 6037, Grand Junction, CO 81506.


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