Jerome Hemmer

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Jerome “Jerry” O. Hemmer, 89, of Belleville, IL, born July 27, 1932, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL.

Mr. Hemmer was a self-employed insurance broker before retirement.  He was a Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and treasurer of the Diocesan counsel of Catholic men. Jerry was also former president of the United Youth of Belleville, former president of the Belleville Optimist Club, past chairman of the Belleville Zoning Board, past alderman for the City of Belleville, former vice president of Turkey Hill Grange, and on the board at the YMCA. He enjoyed gardening, fishing at the South 40, and coaching at the Khoury League.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lois L., nee Burke, Hemmer, whom he married on October 15, 1955; a son, Thomas Hemmer, in infancy; four brothers, Clem, Roger, Joseph and Jack Hemmer; a sister, Rita Rittenhouse; a brother-in-law, James Burke; and Dolores Barbachem who became his second wife.

He is survived by four sons, David J. (Susan E.) Hemmer of Fairview Heights, IL,    Robert N. (Liz) Hemmer of Fairview Heights, IL, William G. (Cindy) Hemmer of Tuscola, IL, and Jeffrey C. (Ganga) Hemmer of Boulder Creek, CA; one daughter, Nancy M. (Brian) Mayo of Collinsville, IL; nine grandchildren, Natalie (Zach) Schultz, Lindsey (Joe Faulstich) Hemmer, Sarah Hemmer, Reuben Hemmer, Sofia Hemmer, Rebecca Hemmer, Allison Hemmer, Christina Holland, and Clay Mayo; five great-grandchildren, Evelyn Schultz, Cal Schultz, Lorelei Schultz, Brodie Bieser, and Ryleigh Bieser; a brother, James (Shirley) Hemmer; a sister-in-law, Linda Burke of West Frankfort, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Althoff Catholic High School or a blood donation or monetary donation to the American Red Cross. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Kenneth York officiating. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.



8 Comments on Jerome Hemmer

Mary Beth Lee said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2022 at 4:24 PM

Jerry will be missed at Turkey Hill Grange where he helped with the barbecue meals and at other projects. He always had a smile for everyone.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
James and Linda Yoakum said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2022 at 7:47 PM

Hemmer Family - We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. James and Linda

  • Champaign
  • IL
Pam Werle said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2022 at 6:01 PM

Dave & Family My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy & Skip Kernan said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2022 at 1:58 PM

To the entire Hemmer Family: thoughts and prayers for your family on your loss! Skip & Kathy Kernan

  • Swansea
  • IL
FrankCange said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2022 at 11:35 AM

I remember seeing him and his wife at numerous athletic events at Althoff and also at Turkey Hill Grange to pick up a meal. The last time was at an Althoff game at the old township stadium. My condolences to the Hemmer Family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Florence Gwinn said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2022 at 12:34 AM

I didn’t know Jerry for long, but immediately loved his big smile and kind heart. So sorry for all his families loss.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Jill OTruk said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 8:08 AM

So sorry for the loss of your father. He was such a friendly person. May your memories of him bring you some peace. Our prayers are with your families to help you through this difficult time. Jill and Mark O'Truk

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jan Watson said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2022 at 11:27 AM

Nancy, Sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a fun guy to be around. Enjoyed fun times with you at Althoff, BAC and at Hemmerfest. Please accept my condolences. Your friend, Jan Renner Watson

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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