Marilyn Elenora Hemker

1939 - 2019

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Marilyn E. Hemker, age 79, of Findlay, died at 3:41pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. She was born on September 9, 1939 in Delphos, Ohio to the late Joseph and Rose (Carder) Friedrich. She married Richard A. Hemker on June 20, 1959 and this June, they would have been married 60 years. Richard survives in Findlay. Other survivors include her daughters: Karen (Jeff) Crawford, Deb (Ron) Ammons, and Terri Kempher, all of Findlay; grandchildren: Chelsea Johnson (Kenny Beilharz), Ashley Kempher, Brook (Alaina) Crawford, Katie (Matt) Perkins, Quinn (Whitney) Crawford, Amy Kempher, and Cody Crawford (Dez Lamon); step-grandson, Aaron Crawford; and great-grandsons: Carter Crawford, Graham Johnson, Easton Johnson, Nolan Perkins, Lane Perkins, Boone Crawford, and Boston Clum. This coming Tuesday, she will be blessed with another great-grandson: Hawk Richard. Marilyn is also survived by her sister, Margaret Fischer and brother, Edward (Janell) Friedrich, both of Delphos. She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Geraldine and Sister Mary Carl Joseph and brother, Hillary Friedrich. Marilyn received her teaching certificate from Mary Manse College and earned her Bachelor's Degree from Findlay College. She retired in 1999 as a school teacher at St. Michael School. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, where she sang in the funeral choir, served as a eucharistic minister, and was a liturgy lector. She donated blood at the American Red Cross (approaching 20 gallons), enjoyed reading, cross stitch, crafting and shopping. She made afghans for all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many, many friends. She also enjoyed dining with the Tuesday night group. She and Richard wintered in North Ft. Myers and spent their summers at Catawba Island. Visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. Additional visitation will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday, February 18, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 750 Bright Rd., Findlay, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Monday. The family would like to extend their thanks for the kindness and tender care provided by Bridge Hospice nurse, Tori Borsay. Memorials may be made to either Bridge Hospice, Cancer Patient Services, or to St. Michaels School. Online condolences are welcomed at

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  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Sunday, February 17th 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (East)[Map]
    Bright Road
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, February 18th 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Mass of Christian Burial:

    Monday, February 18th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (Bright Road) [Map]
    750 Bright Road
    Findlay, Ohio 45840-2497

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To : Karen Crawford
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Karen Feigert-Brown
Karen, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
Karen Feigert Brown (former front desk YMCA)

To : Deb Ammons
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Jeannine Clark
My heart goes out to you and your family. Let your wonderful memories of your momma carry you through this difficult time. Love you! Jeannine

To : Dick Hemker and all family
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Carol Bilang
Dick and all family,
You and Marilyn have been friends of ours since before we were married… You all will always be a part of my family. Marilyn will be missed so very much. Life changes so much when we lose our loved ones. Thank the Lord for all our wonderful memories. I will be with you in spirit on 17 February and with you always in my heart.
Love you all, Carol Bilang

To : Deb Ron
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Dan Jane Lammers
We want to extend our deepest sympathies to all the Hemker families. May God be with you always.

To : Karen Deb Terri
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Joan Winkle
Love knowing that you all have such great memories of your Mom to last you your lifetime until you meet up again!!! My heart goes out to you all! Love you Joan

To : Family of Marilyn Hempker
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Saundra Harmon
Am very sorry to read of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. I worked for a while with Marilyn at St. Michael School and enjoyed our conversations.

Saundra Harmon

To : Karen Crawford and Family
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Lorna Fitzgerald Molden
Dearest Karen and Family,
In your time of sadness and pain may you lean on Jesus Christ for strength and comfort. I was so sorry to learn of your Mother's crossing when Anne called me.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

To : Karen Crawford and Family
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Pamela Marvin Lim
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you journey through this difficult time. Just hold onto all the terrific memories that you have made with your mother, mother in law and grandmother and remember the love she had for each and everyone of you.

To : The Entire Hemker Family
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Dave Woods
Growing up on Ferndale Avenue across the street from the Hemkers, I’ll tell you this... They were who family should be. An example to the whole block of how the strong bond of a family is important in life. Marilyn was not only the glue that bonded her family , not only the strict eye upon mischief, but the very caring and open heart that every mother should have. Im nobody special, as a matter of fact I was probably the biggest trouble maker the block ever seen..., but I never felt judged by her, I always felt accepted and cared for. I had so much respect for her, because she was Marilyn Hemker and now may she look down upon us all with her loving heart and strict eye that always helped keep me in check.... at least a little bit... my heart and prayers are with the entire Hemker family. I know with all my heart she is up above us taking Skeeter for a walk... Godspeed Marilyn Hemker

To : Marilyn Hemker
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Kathy Dennis Healy
So sorry to hear about your beloved Marilyn’s passing. Her and Smokey were the first couple we met at Parcels Post and remained friends for 30 years. Marilyn was such a beautiful person and we had a lot of good times. She will be missed. May she rest in heaven.

To : Grandpa Mom Deb and Karen
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Aim
My heart is broken for our family. She was so kind and caring and always made sure we knew how much she loved us. We may not be able to see her anymore but I know I will always be able to feel the love that she gave. I take comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain. I love you all so much!

To : Richard and family
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Nancy and Bill Recker
Dear Richard and family:
We want to send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Marilyn. She was so great, and a very loved teacher by all her students.
Sending prayers your way, and may she RIP.

To : Hemker Family
Date :Friday, February 15th 2019
From : Sarah Payne
My heart breaks, for I can not begin to describe how much Marilyn's presence in my life has meant to me. Not only was she my Godmother but she was my teacher and role-model to me in my life. I have so many good memories of her and I will cherish them very deeply. I wish you all my deepest sympathies and you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I know that she is watching over us.

To : Smokey and the daughters
Date :Monday, February 18th 2019
From : Doug Gardner and Beth Gardner Koruna

We are so sorry for your loss, but take comfort that Marilyn's suffering is over. You both were very good friends to our parents during those years at Parcel's Post, and beyond that you remained good friends to our father and Gail during the last years of his life, something for which we are particularly grateful.

All the best,

Doug and Beth

To : Deb and Ron Ammons and Family
Date :Saturday, February 16th 2019
From : Fred And Kim Cramer
So sorry to hear of your recent loss. No doubt you will have some very difficult days ahead. Kim's dad passed away in December and she wanted you to know that it does slowly get easier - with the passing of time.

Fred and Kim

To : Karen Crawford Hempker family
Date :Saturday, February 16th 2019
From : Donna Ewing
So sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. Strength to you all so you can hold each other up.

To : The Hemker Family
Date :Saturday, February 16th 2019
From : Sister Barbara Davis SC and Sister Karen Elliott C
Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of dear Marilyn’s death. We have wonderful memories of good times shared with her at Saint Michael school and parish. She truly loved her students and always went beyond the “call of duty” to make sure that every student did his or her personal best. She truly was a teacher-minister and lived the motto of “Saint Michael School- where everybody is a somebody.”

We are sorry that we cannot be with you but surely are with you in spirit.

May the gifts of faith, treasured memories, and the support and caring of family and friends be a source of comfort and peace for each of you.

Sister Barbara and Sister Karen

To : Deb
Date :Sunday, February 17th 2019
From : Kathy and Neal
We were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Please hold on to the precious memories you have.Those special times spent together and stories shared will give you strength to get through this difficult time.

To : Richard Hemker
Date :Tuesday, February 19th 2019
From : Roger Luersman
My sympathy on losing Marilyn. She was my 4th grade teacher in 1960 at Ft.Jennings and was one of the reasons I became a teacher. I taught for 34 years at Kalida, retiring in 2008, but still subbing at Kalida, Ft. Jennings and Ottoville. She taught me many valuable lessons that I used in my career, especially one about honesty when I tried to read a report from a blank sheet of paper. Also like her I have donated over 17 gallons of blood, and maybe I learned the importance of giving to others from her. I will keep you and her in my prayers.
Roger Luersman

To : Dick and Girls
Date :Tuesday, February 19th 2019
From : PJ and Sandy Rapp
Dick and Marilyn were two of the very first friends we made upon transferring to Findlay. We were always welcome in their home. I remember socializing with other friends in their basement recreation room, sleeping in one of the girls bedrooms when I got snowed in at work and could not get home to Sandy and my three daughters and many other great memories of our times with them. Although we moved away (Dick and Marilyn)have always had a special place in our hearts. Dick, our love goes out to you and the girls. I hope to again hear your big bass laugh. PJ #1092