Lucille Hemmer, 92, Ft. Myers, Florida

Lucille Hemmer, 92, of Ft. Myers, Florida, died Wednesday, June 8, at her home. She was born in Brazil July 9, 1929, to Robert and Mary Batt.

Lucille and her family moved from Brazil to Indianapolis where she was a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School. She married Ralph D. Hemmer of Huntingburg. She and her husband moved to Huntingburg where they lived and raised their children. She worked as a homemaker and as secretary for the E.U.B. Church where she and Ralph were Sunday school teachers for many years. She also assisted  her husband in his woodworking business, Pioneer Cabinets, handling the books and assisting with some of the finishing work on a number of projects including kitchen cabinets, bookcases, chests of drawers, and many other woodworking pieces. She worked for many years at the Gift Shop (formerly the Shop ‘n Save on 4th Street in Huntingburg) from the late 1960s until the store closed. She also worked at the retail counter at Merkley and Sons Meat Packing Company in Ireland. After retirement Lucille and her husband spent years traveling with the NOMADS organization doing disaster relief work, following hail storms, floods, and hurricane relief in a number of different states. During their travels with the NOMADS they had an opportunity to tour ECHO Global Farm in Ft. Myers Florida where they found ECHO’s philosophy and commitment aligned perfectly with their own desire to help others and they moved to Ft. Myers and began volunteering at ECHO until their retirement. She was a rabid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching the Cubs win the 2016 World Series.

She is survived by one son, Steve Hemmer, Huntingburg; two daughters, Joyce Hemmer, Oakland, California, and Maggie Duckett and husband Terry, Whitestown; three grandchildren, Zia Dale and husband Coley, Barcelona, Spain, Saleh Tyebjee, Seattle, Washington, and Carrie Hemmer, Jasper; three great-grandchildren, Nastasha Hemmer, Jasper, and Iver and Sadia Dale, Barcelona, Spain; two sisters, Mary Jane Claffey and Ginny Krider, both of Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Hemmer, daughter-in-law Fredda Hemmer, two brothers, Bob and Richard Batt, one sister, Dottie Thomas, and two brothers-in-law, Bob Hemmer and Tyzoon.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at ECHO Global Farm. A second  memorial service will be held at a later date at Maple Grove Salem’s Kirche in Huntingburg. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to Historic Maple Grove Foundation, 8630 S. 450W, Huntingburg, 47542 or ECHO Global Farm, 17391 Durrance Road, North Ft. Myers, Florida, 33917. Online condolences can be shared at

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