Dorothea Kemmer

dorothea kemmer

Dorothea Eleanor Schmit Kemmer, 86, West Fargo, ND died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2013 in Sanford Health Palliative Care surrounded by family.

Dorothea was born in Amenia, ND on Oct. 11, 1926 to Arthur and Cunegundes (Connie) Schmit, the 3rd of 4 children.  She went to Grade and High School at Casselton ND, graduating in 1944.  She went to school in Fargo ND for Western Union telegraph operators, graduating on her 18th birthday in 1944.  She worked in Fargo ND, Detroit MI, Los Angeles and Oakland CA before her marriage.

Clarence Richard Kemmer and Dorothea were married at Casselton ND on March 15, 1947 and had 6 children.  Dorothea worked many years for Lawrence Fradet picking apples in the orchard at Horace.  She served as Group Chairman for ladies groups in the Horace Lutheran Church as well as being a choir member for over 30 years.   She had a drapery shop in their home for over 25 years before moving to West Fargo ND. She loved to crochet, knit, and work jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; brother, Ralph Richard Schmit; and sister, Edna Mae Knutson.  She is survived by her brother, M. Donald Schmit of Lisbon ND; son, Stevan & Helen Kemmer of Des Moines, IA; daughter, Sandra & Gary Hoyle of Boone, NC; son, Bruce & Beckie Kemmer of Havelock, NC; daughter, Brenda & Greg Hansen of Fridley, MN; son, Timothy & Marjorie Kemmer of Fargo, ND; and daughter, Toni & Rich Sacrison of Champlin, MN.  Also surviving are 11  grandchildren, 24  great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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  1. West Fargo ND
    What a special lady Dorothea was. She always had a smile and kind words. Bless her family on losing a classy lady.

  2. Dewey OKBrenda & all the Kemmer family, I was sorry to hear your mom had passed away. I remember how much my mom enjoyed her relationship with your mom. Our draperies were always made by your mom, and my mom loved them! And she praised her craftsmanship all the time. It seems like so many years ago when we went to school together in Horace. I have so many fond memories. Take care.

  3. Fleetwood NCYou will be missed Grandma. Now you are where there are no more worries, no more pain and an endless supply of crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Enjoy your eternal retirement.

    My dear friend, I can understand how you feel, we buried Mom a couple of years ago. I am sorry I will not make it today, I have had Agent Orange Cancer, and my walking is not to good, boy when you hit being as old as dirt thing go apart.
    I can remember the times I spent at your alls house, I remember the acecptence I received. How many great memories. Both you Dad and Mom we good people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and thanks for the friendship through the years. I asked Rich about your Mom and he didn’t know where she was I could have visited her.My phone number is 1-701-8936804, Please give me a call or e-mail me. God, Bless you all.Ron

  5. Moorhead MN
    Dorothea, you were one of the “icons” of the Horace Lutheran Church. What a soft spoken blessing to the community of Horace. Dorothea, the one great consolation in your passing is knowing we will see you again real soon. You were a blessing to us here on earth and now you will begin to receive some of your reward.
    All the best to the Kemmer family.

  6. Hernando FloridaOur deepest sympathys to the family. Dorothea was always a quiet person with compassion, willing to experience whatever life brought. I knew her as a client first, then latter as a good friend to my mother, and a mother-in-law to my sister. She will be remembered by all as a wonderful person.

  7. Carrington ND
    Dear Family,
    I read about Dorothea’s passing and want to send my sincere condolences to all of you.
    Coralee (Kemmer) Schuster

  8. Sandy.
    So sorry to hear about your mother.our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless each of you. Safe travels. John Duncan

  9. Alpine New YorkDorothea was a dear friend. We spent many an hour together in Horace and kept in touch throughout the years following. We will miss a true lady and friend.

  10. Longmont COThe Kemmer Family,

    A neighbor for many years Dorothea was. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of sadness.

    Not sure when the time goes, because it seems like yesterday we were all still in Horace.

  11. Dear Toni and Family,

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to an amazing woman.


    Crystal Satnik

  12. Champlin MN
    Mom was, and continues to be, a guiding force in all of our lives. We miss her terribly but we know she is smiling down on all of us and Dad is by her side.
    Sincere thanks from all of us for the heartfelt messages and words. Every one is a comfort to us.

  13. Glade Spring VASandy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
    Tim, Denise & Kasey Blevins

  14. Boone North CarolinaWe miss you already, Mom. We cherish our memories and know that Dad was there to greet you. Curly & Dottie together again.

    Thanks is also extended to all the family and friends who have prayed us through this final transition with mother.

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