Charlotte Ann Hemauer (nee Lemke), 75, gained her wings on Oct. 20, 2020 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Farmington, Minnesota.
Char fought a courageous, seven-year battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), a cruel and debilitating disease.
Char was born in San Diego, California to Herbert and Bernice (nee Kroll) Lemke. She grew up in Wautoma where Herbert was the game warden. His work later moving the family to Madison where Char graduated from West High and attended Madison Area Technical College earning a degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced her profession for 25 years in Madison and De Pere and then in Pagosa Springs, Colorado after her marriage to David (Dave) Hemauer. As the first dental hygienist in Archuleta County, Char brought innovation and grace to the local dental office.
Char also lovingly applied her organizational skill, eye for detail, and amiable manner as bookkeeper and taskmaster for Hemauer Construction and Fawn Gulch Outfitters, businesses built with Dave. Their presence in the mountain community grew quickly and solidly and those for whom they guided hunts or built homes and commercial properties soon became longtime friends. Upon retirement in 2006, they were led from the Colorado mountains to the lakes of Minnesota to enjoy more time with their growing family. Char was a social gal who brought life to every gathering with her unique laugh and quirky sense of humor. She had a caring heart for all who knew her and a special tenderness when visiting aging relatives.
Char is survived by her husband of 41 years, David Hemauer; their son Dustin (Katie) Hemauer; granddaughters Aubree and Charlee Hemauer; her first husband David Lythjohan; their children Tami (Garry) Minor, grandsons Derek and Hunter Minor, great-grandson Harrison Minor; and Scott (Jean) Lythjohan, granddaughter Miranda Lythjohan. She is further survived by her sisters Bonnie (Ed) Kissinger and Sue (Donald) Lythjohan, nieces and nephews, many other family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Bernice Lemke.
We hope to celebrate Char’s life in the spring of 2021. Expressions of love and condolences may be sent to Dave Hemauer, 1346 200th St W, Farmington MN 55024. Donations to further the research of this rare and incurable PSP Disease can be made in Char’s name at psp.org/iwanttohelp/ways-to-give/.