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HEMESATH, Alphonse John 1922-2001


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Date: 10/4/2010 at 21:29:34

Decorah Journal, Thursday, June 12, 2001

Alphonse Hemesath

Alphonse "Al" Hemesath, 78, died Friday, June 1, 2001 after a week's stay at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 4 at 11 a.m. at the Assumption Worship Center in Cresco with Rev. Henry Charipar officiating.

Casket bearers were his nephews: Gary, Tod and Cliff Hemesath, Larry and Wayne Huinker and Gary Elsbernd.

Readers were Tom Grimm, Jennifer Grimm and Sara Humpal, and gifts were carried by Jennifer Grimm, Sara and Amy Humpal and Karla and Kristin Baumler.

Eucharistic ministers were Dennis and Alberta Huinker and Amy Humpal.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco. Conway Funeral Home of Cresco handled arrangements.

Alphonse John Hemesath was born near OSSIAN Aug. 17, 1922, the son of Henry and Alvina (Scheidel) Hemesath.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, attended De Sales School in OSSIAN and returned to help on the family farm.

Prior to his marriage, he helped his brother run the roller skating ink in OSSIAN and enjoyed flying an airplane.

He was united in marriage to DeEtta Huinker May 20, 1947 at Aloysius Catholic Church in CALMAR.

Following their marriage, they farmed northwest of Cresco on three different farms for eight years before purchasing their home farm three miles west of RIDGEWAY in Lincoln Township.

In 1985, they moved to a farm in BLUFFTON Township, where they continued milking and raising beef cattle.

Al Hemesath retired in Dec. 1999 due to ill health.

In 2000, the couple took a cruise, which was their first vacation of their married years.

Al Hemesath was a true farmer who knew only work. He enjoyed farming and did many of the extra things needed to keep the farm running. He liked to weld, fabricating many items needed on the farm, was his own mechanic and carpenter and enjoyed training horses.

Survivors include his wife DeEtta Hemesath; their children and their spouses: Mary Jeanne Hemesath of West Saint Paul, Minn.; Marcia and Tom Grimm of Knoxville, Iowa; Maxine and Cletus Humpal of RIDGEWAY; Donna and Don Baumler of West Union; Matthew and Mary Hemesath and Mark and Carolyn Hemesath, all of RIDGEWAY; 10 grandchildren; three brothers: Henry Hemesath of Monona; Arthur Hemesath and Elmer Hemesath, both of OSSIAN and one sister, Doris Huber of Reno, Nev.

Alphonse John Hemesath was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joseph Hemesath.

Transcribed by an IA GenWeb Volunteer from obituaries found in the Howard-Winneshiek Genealogy Society Library, Cresco, Iowa.


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