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Joan Kempker

Joan E. Kempker

Sunday, November 29th, 1931 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Joan Elizabeth Kempker, age 88, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Capital Region Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 29, 1931 in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Lester B. and Rose C. (Roling) White. Growing up in Jefferson City, Joan attended St. Peter High School.

She was married on April 14, 1951 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Edward H. Kempker, Sr. From this marriage her four children were born.

After she married, she and her husband built the Big K Lake in Moberly, Mo. This was a stocked lake in which people were allowed to fish for a fee. During this time they also owned and operated a tavern called “Past Time” in downtown Moberly. She also worked for a total of over 20 years at McGraw Edison as a press room operator in both Moberly and Jefferson City. Joan went on to work for Bartlett-Collins Glass Company in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to be closer to her daughter, Goldie, until she moved back to Jefferson City almost 20 years ago. In her later years, she worked at the Break Time in Taos where she enjoyed greeting customers until her final retirement in 2014. Joan’s family will remember her hard work ethic, which she instilled in all of them, and the ability to give it her best every day.

Joan attended St. Peter Catholic Church with her family.

When Joan wasn’t working, she could be found with a crochet hook or working on a cross stitch project. She also cherished time playing cards with her family – pitch, canasta and pinochle were among her favorites. Joan enjoyed looking out over the beautiful scenery at her home on the Osage River, trying to find a good deal at yard sales, celebrating Christmas with family, and going to the casinos with her friends.

Survivors include: one son, Edward H. “Eddie” Kempker, Jr. of Jefferson City, Mo.; one daughter, Bettie Wingate (husband Larry) of Jefferson City, Mo., eight grandchildren, Larrie Steven Kempker, Stephanie Hersch (husband Stephen), E.J. Kempker, Chad Wingate, Kellie Stewart (husband Andrew), Hanna Wingate, Cassandra Sustaita (husband Lupe), and Priscilla Castonguay (husband Jeff); and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Larrie Chester Kempker; a daughter, Goldie Muse; and her sisters, Goldie Lawson and Nadine Surface.

Visitation will be at St. Peter Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church with the Reverend Jeremy Secrist officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Moberly, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Cole County Senior Nutrition Program, 2701 W. Main Street, Suite 101, Jefferson City, Mo. 65109.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.

www.freemanmortuary.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Peter Catholic Church
    Address
    216 Broadway
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Peter Catholic Church
    Address
    216 Broadway
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Marys Cemetery
    Address
    MOBERLY, MO
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Helen Bolin

Posted at 05:38pm
Eddie and EJ you are in my prayers and thoughts. So sorry for your loss. Helen Bolin
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Jack & Sue Surface

Posted at 03:30pm
Aunt Joan, You were a dear, fun aunt who we'll always remember, especially the sweet memories made together with you and family in Tulsa. You so generously shared your place and wonderful meals! Your amazing work ethic and role model as a strong, independent woman is a gift to those you leave behind here. Show them how to play cards up there in heaven, won't you? Love, Jack and Sue
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Priscilla castonguay

Posted at 06:03pm
Grandma you’re one of the strongest ladies I’ve ever known. You’re one of the biggest influences and supporters in my life. I never want to forget my grandmas hands. She always had strong hands. As a child we would play p-knuckle war. Grandma used these hands to grow flowers, count money, cook and when I had a smart mouth to pop me in the mouth lol grandma taught me a lot of things growing up. I would say the biggest lesson was to always have a good job and be independent. Grandma finally retired at 82years young, I would always ask her to come stay with me but she always had to work. She loved her job at Breaktime, she was so proud of her hourly wage and said it’s the most she ever made her entire career. Grandma loved to be around people, she could strike up a conversation with any stranger. They wouldn’t be a stranger for long thou, she’d get to know them and make sure she’d have something they liked. My entire life everyone knew grandma by grandma When I would say this is my Grandma her name is Joan, she’d say just call me grandma. All my friends growing up referred to her as grandma and as I grew older my friends and colleagues would call her grandma too. Once I even got to have my staff care for her when she was sick and in the hospital, I transferred her to my nursing home and everyone called her grandma too. She was even our 1st patient to experience our outpatient therapy clinic. Grandma was always about having a good time, and eating good food. When I was younger she’d say Pris you wanna go get lost today and we’d drive around Tulsa and she’d make me believe we would get lost lol we always found our way home thou. Grandma loved a good bargain and would stop traffic to stop by a yard sale lol Mom always said I was too much like grandma and she hated taking us shopping, she’d say y’all can go look at the same rack of clothes 5 times and never make your mind up lol Grandma loved her family so much and would always brag about you when you weren’t around. Grandma fly high and enjoy this next season, give Mom and everyone a big hug and kiss from us until we meet again.
PC

Priscilla castonguay

Posted at 06:03pm
Grandma you’re one of the strongest ladies I’ve ever known. You’re one of the biggest influences and supporters in my life. I never want to forget my grandmas hands. She always had strong hands. As a child we would play p-knuckle war. Grandma used these hands to grow flowers, count money, cook and when I had a smart mouth to pop me in the mouth lol grandma taught me a lot of things growing up. I would say the biggest lesson was to always have a good job and be independent. Grandma finally retired at 82years young, I would always ask her to come stay with me but she always had to work. She loved her job at Breaktime, she was so proud of her hourly wage and said it’s the most she ever made her entire career. Grandma loved to be around people, she could strike up a conversation with any stranger. They wouldn’t be a stranger for long thou, she’d get to know them and make sure she’d have something they liked. My entire life everyone knew grandma by grandma When I would say this is my Grandma her name is Joan, she’d say just call me grandma. All my friends growing up referred to her as grandma and as I grew older my friends and colleagues would call her grandma too. Once I even got to have my staff care for her when she was sick and in the hospital, I transferred her to my nursing home and everyone called her grandma too. She was even our 1st patient to experience our outpatient therapy clinic. Grandma was always about having a good time, and eating good food. When I was younger she’d say Pris you wanna go get lost today and we’d drive around Tulsa and she’d make me believe we would get lost lol we always found our way home thou. Grandma loved a good bargain and would stop traffic to stop by a yard sale lol Mom always said I was too much like grandma and she hated taking us shopping, she’d say y’all can go look at the same rack of clothes 5 times and never make your mind up lol Grandma loved her family so much and would always brag about you when you weren’t around. Grandma fly high and enjoy this next season, give Mom and everyone a big hug and kiss from us until we meet again.
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