Emma Dolores Hemann
Emma Dolores Hemann, 80, of Clifton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with her family and friends by her side. She was born to Vester Thomas Jones and Olive Christina Witt on April 25, 1927, in Logan, Iowa, the sixth of 13 children.
Dolores’ family left Iowa and moved to Kalamath Falls, Ore., toward the end of World War II, where she met Phillip Hemann (Pat). They were married May 31, 1946, in Seattle, where he was stationed with the U.S. Navy. After Pat’s discharge from the Navy, they moved back to Kalamath Falls, where Pat was employed by Midland Farms in Midland, Ore. In 1949, with son Phillip in tow, they moved to Basalt, where Pat went to work with Ralph Earnest of Glenwood Springs in a trucking business. In 1950, Kris Yvonne was born and the family moved to Aspen in the summer of 1951, where Pat began Hemann Sand and Gravel. The family lived in a small house on East Hopkins Avenue until the summer of 1953, when they moved up to the Healy homestead at Stillwater, overlooking what is now the North Star Preserve.
During the 1950s, as the gravel business was struggling to grow, Dolores worked in Aspen public schools as a cook and for Guido Meyer in the gift shop of Guido’s Swiss Inn. As the sand and gravel business became more prosperous, Dolores became a full-time housewife and the business manager for the company. She and Pat were true business partners in a profitable and growing enterprise that furnished virtually all of the sand and gravel that went into the building of streets, homes, lodges and businesses in Aspen during the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s. In 1974, they sold the gravel business and moved to Clifton, where Pat became a gentleman farmer and Dolores settled into becoming the thing she truly loved most ” a doting and generous grandmother.
Dolores loved having her grandchildren stay with her and, throughout her life, she gave her time and money to make their lives better. She took them to Disneyland, on camping trips, provided them with funding for school, vehicles, homes and anything else she thought they might need in addition to unconditional love.
Dolores’s other passion was cooking, and she loved fixing huge family dinners and entertaining guests. You couldn’t enter her home without being asked, “Are you hungry?”
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Pat, her brother Wayne and her sisters, Clara Belle, Lucille, Evelyn and Shirley.
She is survived by her son Phillip (Deanne) of Parachute, daughter Kris (Henry) of Basalt; grandchildren Lisa Hemann of Clifton, Brooks Hemann (Angie) of Clifton, Joshua Hemann of Orlando, Fla., Tracy Roach (Tom) of Glenwood Springs, Kerry Harrison (Aaron) of Whitefish, Mont., David Kagerer (Brandy) of Gresham, Ore., Ben Kagerer (Nicole) of Rifle, Kate Kagerer of Basalt, Kim Kagerer of Basalt; her brother Richard; her sisters Irene, Jeanne, Barbara, Juliene, Sandra and Charlotte; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Callahan Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, officiated by Clay Alexander of the Clifton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Burial was at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 6037, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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