April 18, 2023 at 2:48 p.m.
Donald Peter “Donny” Hemmesch, 67, passed away peacefully at his home April 1, 2023.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 12 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry. The Rev. Glenn Krystosek officiated. Burial was at St. Margaret’s Parish Cemetery.
Donny was born Nov. 28, 1955, in Melrose, to Alois and Elizabeth (Bertram) Hemmesch. He grew up on the family farm in Lake Henry. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1973. He married and later divorced Carol Schmitt, with whom he had three children. He loved all aspects of farming, especially raking hay and hauling manure. His dogs were his best co-pilots for riding around on his side-by-side to make sure everything was in its proper place, and he made sure Junior knew if it wasn’t. He spent many years shooting pool in league and with anyone who would take on “Lefty.” He enjoyed fishing trips with friends, playing cards at family get-togethers and reminiscing about the good ole days. Everyone knew they could always stop by and visit “Alfonse” at home to shoot the breeze and have a beer.
Donny is survived by his children, Donald, Jr., (Megan), Angie (Ben Thelen) and Dale; grandchildren Carley, Owen, Olivia and Caleb Hemmesch and Jack, Madison and Eli Hemmesch; sisters Alice Schaefer and Janet (Donald) Schaefer; brother Richard (Mary Ann); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alois; his mother, Elizabeth; stepfather Alfred Rothstein and brother-in-law Herman Schaefer.