Longtime resident Charlotte Ann Hemauer (nee Lemke), 75, gained her wings on Oct. 20, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Farmington, Minn. Char fought a courageous seven-year battle with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy), a cruel and debilitating disease.
Char was known around town for her sense of whimsy, passion for life and selfless care for others. Many of you remember her as your friendly dental hygienist (the first in Archuleta County) bringing innovation and grace to the dental office of Dr. Randall Davis.
Char also lovingly applied her organizational skill, eye for detail and amiable manner as bookkeeper and taskmaster for Hemauer Construction and Fawn Gulch Outfitters, local businesses she built with her husband, Dave Hemauer. Their presence in the mountain community grew quickly and solidly, and those for whom they guided hunts or built homes and commercial properties soon became longtime friends. Upon their retirement in 2006, they were led from the Colorado mountains to the lakes of Minnesota where they could further enjoy their growing family. Char was a social gal who brought life to every gathering with her unique laugh and quirky sense of humor. She had a caring heart for all who knew her and a special tenderness when visiting aging relatives.
Char is survived by her husband, Dave, of 41 years; their son, Dustin (Katie) Hemauer; granddaughters Aubree and Charlee Hemauer; her former husband, Dave Lythjohan; their children, Tami (Garry) Minor; grandsons Derek and Hunter Minor; great-grandson Harrison Minor; Scott (Jean) Lythjohan; granddaughter Miranda Lythjohan; sisters Bonnie (Ed) Kissinger and Sue (Donald) Lythjohan; nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Bernice (nee Kroll) Lemke.
We hope to celebrate Char’s life in the spring of 2021. Expressions of love and condolences may be sent to Dave Hemauer, 1346 200th St. W., Farmington, MN 55024. Donations to further the research of this rare and incurable PSP disease can be made in Char’s name at psp.org/iwanttohelp/ways-to-give/.