Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Kathryn A. Wemette, 77, Keokuk

Kathryn A. Wemette, 77, Keokuk

Kathryn Ann “Kathy” Wemette 77, of Keokuk, IA died Friday, January 10, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Keokuk.
She was born May 14, 1942 in Toledo, IA the daughter of Hugo and Helen Bernatz Joens.
Kathy graduated from Toledo Public High School with the Class of 1960, then furthered her education at the State College of Iowa (University of Northern Iowa) where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.
On June 1, 1968 she was united in marriage to Thomas Wemette at St Patrick’s Church in Tama, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2006.
She had been employed as a high school social history teacher before becoming a homemaker. Although she stopped teaching, she was a lifelong student of history and loved learning through experiences.
Kathy was a member of The Church of All Saints in Keokuk and was actively involved in the Religious Education and other church programs. She was also an active member of multiple Keokuk High School booster programs and was involved with fund raising and working sporting events. Those who attended Keokuk Football games during the 1990s would know Kathy as the “Keokuk Cart Lady” where she proudly sold Keokuk apparel. She served on the Lee County Historical Society Board for over twenty years, where she managed the Miller House and worked the annual Civil War reenactment. Kathy was always willing to volunteer, and participated in a Mother’s Study Club, Relay for Life, Girl Scouts, and Little Feathers. Kathy faithfully supported many community programs over several decades.
Throughout her life, Kathy enjoyed traveling nationwide. She never missed an opportunity to take off on an adventure with her beloved friend, Joyce Sapp. She also enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. Friends and family knew her to be a bit competitive regarding sports and card games. Kathy adored her four grandchildren and was an enthusiastic fan of all their school and sport activities. She had a zest for life and filled each day with love, laughter, and memories to treasure.
She is survived by: one daughter, Nicole Nemecek (Bryan) of Keokuk, IA; one son, Mark Wemette (Jessica) of Fairfax, VA; four grandchildren, Thomas Nemecek, Zachary Nemecek, Lissa Nemecek, and Avery Kathryn Wemette; in-laws, Bob Wemette (Bev) of Alma, WS, Mary Strangstalien of Westby, WS, and Pat Daniel (Bruce) of Belvidere, IL; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Jerrie Kueny and many brothers and sisters-in-law.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at The Church of All Saints with Reverend David Brownfield, Ph.D. officiating. Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Keokuk.
Visitation will be held after 3 p.m., Tuesday, with family meeting with friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk. A Christian Vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Grand Theatre or The Church of All Saints.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

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