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Lemke, William Gerard

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, our dear, sweet, funny, wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather left us to join his beloved wife Carole in their heavenly home.

William, “Bill” was born to Albert and Evangeline (Gerard) Lemke at the family farm in Annandale, Minnesota on March 12, 1935. After confirmation and grade school at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, he graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul. He attended Concordia University where he met and fell in love with Carole Skaar and together they welcomed eight children into the world.

Bill was a story-teller, jokester, teaser, polka dancer, accordion player, and church council member. He worked construction for many years and met many friends wherever he went. He was a hard worker, could fix anything and “retired” three times. Dad enjoyed his family farm, a good hot sauna and a beer with anyone. He looked forward to annual hunting and fishing trips with family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Carole, a son, Michael Lee Lemke, his parents and two sisters, Gladeline Goerke and Aljean Fuller.

Bill is survived by children Cindy (Dennis) O’Donovan, Scott (Jeanne) Lemke, Julie (Mike) McMullen, Mary (Tom) Batcher, Dawn Schmidt, Daniel Lemke, Melissa Vaughan, and his brother John (Fay) Lemke. “Papa” was cherished and will be remembered by 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  Inurnment will be at Maple Lake Community Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 5460 63rd St. NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358 or Gable Pines, 1260 East County Road E, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN is serving the family.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mike Retterath

    My deepest condolences to the Lemke family.

  2. Jim & Cindy Glunz

    Sorry to hear about your dad passing Dan, you have our deepest sympathy.

  3. Nancy Duffy

    Oh Cindy, I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We were not close but we were family. I always enjoyed our phone conversations and your trip out to Washington so we could meet face to face. May the Lord grant you strength for the coming days, comfort knowing you will see each other again and peace knowing our God provides what we need when we need it. Love, Nancy

  4. Julie Tschida

    Please accept my sincere condolences. May God grant you peace and healing. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.

  5. Sue & Norm Jacobson

    Our sincere sympathies to the Lemke Family. May he rest in God’s peace! 🙏

  6. Nancy Duffy

    Cindy, I was so sorry to read about Bill. Although we did not know each other well we were family. I enjoyed our phone conversations and the time you came out to
    Washington so we could meet face to face.

    Our prayers are with you for strength in the coming days, comfort in knowing you will see your dad again and peace knowing that God knows and supplies all our needs.

  7. Laurie and Bill Doherty

    We want to express our sincere condolences for the loss of Uncle Bill. May he rest in peace.

  8. Craig Bonine

    I am so Sorry for your loss it changes everything,your dad was a awesome Man my thoughts and Prayers are with all of your family.

  9. Tom & Louise Schmidt

    To the Lemke Family
    So sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of Bill and Carole. Our condolences.

  10. Lacey, Paul, Elliott and Lilly Steele

    Dawn, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God’s comfort embrace your grieving hearts. May His light shine brightly upon fond memories of your Dad so you my find peace.


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