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Betty J. Kemmerer, 78

Betty Jane Kemmerer, age 78, of Lester Prairie, formerly of Pennsylvania, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at her home.

She was born Feb. 25, 1933, in Allentown, PA, the daughter of Harry and Hilda (Brinker) Evanchuck. Betty was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Allentown, PA.

She received her education in Allentown, and was a graduate of the Allentown High School class of 1950.

Betty was united in marriage to Curtis Kemmerer June 7, 1952, at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Allentown, PA. This marriage was blessed with two children, Lori and David.

The couple made their home in Allentown and Lake Hauto, PA. They had shared almost 52 years of marriage, when Curtis passed away March 4, 2004.

In September 2006, Betty moved to Lester Prairie.

In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Betty held employment at Western Electric Company for 10 years.

She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. She was also a Lionette, and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Betty enjoyed shopping, playing cards and Mahjong, and going to garage sales and out to eat. Her greatest love was traveling back east. She especially cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her children, Lori Ehrke and her husband, Sheldon, of Glencoe, and David Kemmerer and his special friend, Sandy, of Barnesville, PA; grandchildren Amanda Donnangelo and her husband, Doug, of Hummelstown, PA, Andrew Kemmerer of Tamaqua, PA, Shane Ehrke, Tyler Ehrke, and Cole Ehrke, all of Glencoe; great-grandchild, Roderick Kemmerer; her brother, Donald Evanchuck and his wife, Mary, of Bethlehem, PA; sister-in-law Shirley Diehl and her husband, Richard, of Baton Rouge, LA; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Curtis, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Hilda Evanchuck.

Memorial services took place Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating. Organist was Martha Christenson. Soloist Marvin Westermann sang “Softly and Tenderly;” and congregational hymns included “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment will be at Skyview Cemetery in Hometown, PA.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.