Agnes “Betty” Hempen

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Agnes “Betty” Hempen, age 85 of Carlyle, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Mrs. Hempen was born in Beckemeyer, Illinois on July 20, 1930, a daughter of William and Angelena (Poettker) Huelsmann. She married Raymond Hempen at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle on October 14, 1950, and he preceded her in death on June 28, 1998.

Betty is survived by 2 daughters – Phyllis Billhartz and husband LeRoy of Albers and Jackie McFarland and husband Roger of Greenville; a son – Ken Hempen and wife Patty of Carlyle; 8 granddaughters – Trichia, Jenny, and Maura Billhartz, Cassie Micnheimer, Stephanie Joiner, Shelly Hempen, Jami Steele, and Nikki Toennies; her great grandchildren – Amber Billhartz, Faith Saulsberry, Wrynlee Jo Kluemke, Raegan Micnheimer, Johnathan, Shelby, and Bristol Joiner, Kaylee and Kenny Gustafson, Lexi and Kendra Steele, and Drew, RaeAnne, and Ian Toennies; a great great grandson – Emmit Essenpreis; a brother – Bill Huelsmann of Pierron; a brother-in-law – Rich Albers of Bartelso; and 2 sisters-in-law – Dolores Hempen of Carlyle, and Billie Werner of St. Louis.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son – Allen Hempen on September 23, 1972; her siblings – Leo Huelsmann and wife Viola, Joe Huelsmann and wife Agnes, Edwin Huelsmann and wife Marie, and Margie Albers; and her in-laws – Marie and Joe Meyer, Delores and Fritz Meyer, Paul Hempen, Sam Jannett, and Ernie Warner.

Mrs. Hempen was a resident at Villa Catherine Assisted Living in Carlyle, and a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Beckemeyer American Legion Auxiliary. She was always a hard worker, and most recently worked at B&M Boat Seating in Carlyle. She was a die-hard Cardinals fan and enjoyed sewing, gardening, and her time with her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle with Fr. George Mauck and Fr. Lawrence Nickels, officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Zieren Funeral Home on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. and on Monday, April 4 from 8:00-9:30 A.M.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mrs. Hempen are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be received at Zieren Funeral Home.