Kemper Joyce Ann Kemper was born January 5, 1944 in Brenham, Washington County, Texas. The daughter of Theodore and Hildagard (Naumann) Kemper, she grew up in the Cochran area in Austin County attending the Cochran School and the Bellville Public Schools After graduating from Bellville High School in 1962, Joyce moved to Houston where she worked as an insurance agent for a number of years. In the late 1970's, she returned to Bellville where she has recently been employed as a receptionist at Remax Trails West in Sealy. A member of St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz, she was an active member of the Colorado County Fair Association having served as a Director and Vice President, and had most recently been named as Honorary Director. Joyce was also the founder of the now traditional Colorado County Fair Kick-Off Dance and the Scholarship Auction. She enjoyed dancing, church picnics and attending fair conventions, and had a knack for picking musical talent. Joyce passed away suddenly Sunday, September 16, 2007 in Austin County at the age of 63. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Ted and Audra Kemper of Bellville; fiance' Jerry Henneke of Cat Spring; nephews Wayne Graham and his wife, Darlene, of Bellville; Tek Graham and his wife, Starla, of Willis; niece Kendra Rosenbush and her husband, J.W., of Tomball; other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sandra Graham. Rosary was 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville. Funeral Mass was 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 at St. Roch Catholic Church, 1600 Frelsburg Road in Mentz with Father Wayne Flagg, Celebrant. Graveside service was 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 from Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Salem. Pallbearers included Cary Dietzmann, Gerald Tegeler, Mark Boeker, Koldin Brown, Cody Henneke, Gordon Goebel, Joe Sutherland, Mack Janak and Patrick Schneider. Honorary pallbearers included Karl Ed Valenta andDustin Adams. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the:Colorado County Fair Association, P.O. Box 506, Columbus, Texas 78934 Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.
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