OBITUARY

Mary Juliana Kemme

February 18, 1928April 2, 2021

Mary Juliana Kemme, age 93, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021, at Meadowview of Greeley. Mary was born on February 18, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, the first daughter to Michael and Mary (Dever) Carney, who hailed from Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland.

Mary attended St. Ignatius grade school, Huntington Elementary School, and Elyria High School in Cleveland. She continued her education, graduating from St. John’s School of Nursing, and earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corp., she served from 1951 – 1954.

She married Richard Joseph Kemme in 1957 in St. Louis, and they moved to Greeley in 1961.

Mary participated in numerous volunteer activities, including the Greeley Philharmonic Guild board member, Greeley Medical Guild, Catholic Charities, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, the Guadalupe Shelter, Winter Park Handicap Ski Program, St. Mary Catholic Church, and Orthopedics Overseas in Malawi, Africa.

She is survived by her husband Richard; children Mary Pat Valdes (Jerry), Sarah Kemme (Bill Anschuetz), Doug Kemme (Emily), Frank Kemme (Silvia), Kathleen Kemme (Fred Nash), and Tom Kemme. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kelly Valdes Schlosser (Brian), Shannon Valdes Leiderman (Michael), Jordan Kemme (Mia), Madeleine Kemme, Veronica Kemme, Sydney Kemme Nash, Dever Kemme Nash, Nathaniel Kemme Nash, and Sarah Kemme Nash; great-grandson Tucker Schlosser; Kathleen Carney O’Donnell (Pat), and sister-in-law Mary Ann Carney.

She was preceded in death by her siblings James, John and Patrick Carney.

A visitation and Rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 7 2021 from 4-8:00 p.m. at Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO, Rosary starting at 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greeley followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Garden’s in Greeley. A reception will follow the committal service back at the Allnutt Reception Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice, Habitat for Humanity or Meals on Wheels in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley CO 80634.

To share memories and condolences please visit Allnuttgreeley.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Doug Kemme, Pallbearer
  • Tom Kemme, Pallbearer
  • Jerry Valdes, Pallbearer
  • Fred Nash, Pallbearer
  • Frank Kemme, Pallbearer
  • Bill Anschuetz, Pallbearer
  • Dever Kemme Nash, Pallbearer
  • Michael Leiderman, Pallbearer

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

Memories

Mary Juliana Kemme

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Joanne Purdie

April 13, 2021

Beautiful lady beautiful life. And, a wonderful neighbor. Always smiling, friendly and calm under pressure. Very kind to me and generous to my son Craig, taking him skiing and showing he and Tom a fun time. Craig was always keen to go!
Many loved ones with many memories...
Peace to all the family.

Joanne Purdie

Mary Thielen

April 7, 2021

When my daughter Hilary became Colorado teacher of the year last year, Aunt Mary Kemme sent my daughter $100.00 because she was so proud of her. My daughter now has a cute Yorkie named Darla all because of Aunt Mary and her donation. Life can take away many things but not your good memories. Thanks for all the good memories Aunt Mary and Uncle Dick. And "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot take away!"

Maureen Shore Darst

April 7, 2021

I was so sad to hear of Mary's passing. I have so many memories of her, dating back to my 1st grade in Mary Pat's class. I remember ALL the ski trips - Winter Park and Aspen and even staying at their place in St. Mary's Glacier! Mary was a true friend to my mother, Mary Shore. They spent much time together - skiing, biking, golfing, traveling and just being friends. I remember one time when my mom was recovering from surgery, Mary called her and invited her to do an exercise class together. They did it, and it sparked a life-long interest in exercise and health for my mom. Sometimes I credit Mary Kemme for saving my mom's life! When my father passed away, Mary and Dick would call mom up and invite her to various concerts, dinners and events - just because they were kind and caring. And when my mom was struggling at the end of her life, of course it was Mary who continually called, invited mom out to lunch, checked on her. I'll never forget this - when we were trying to make the right decisions for our mom's last few years of her life - Mary was so encouraging and loving to us "Shore girls".

Well, now the two Marys are together in heaven, probably having a ball.

Love to all you Kemmes! You were so blessed to have such a wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. We'll be praying for comfort and peace for all of you. Just allow the things Mary taught you, who she was to influence you for the rest of your lives.

Much love, Maureen Shore Darst

Beth Johnson

April 7, 2021

It made me so sad to read that Mary has passed away. She was a ray of sunshine to me, such a loving person.

Lisa Raleigh Bobich

April 6, 2021

Our condolences to Mary’s friends and family. Growing up, I would often hear from my dad, aunts, and uncle how they loved visits with Uncle Dick and Aunt Mary. When Ben and I moved across the country, it was such a pleasure to meet and stay with them. We felt so welcomed! I have always been impressed that Mary sent us a Christmas card every year, and it seemed so personal, even as a distant relation. I’m sure her card list was quite long, but it shows how much love she had to share. May she Rest In Peace.

May your memories shine bright,
Lisa, Ben, Natalie, Ana, and Jack

Kathleen O’Donnell

April 6, 2021

Mary and I had a routine. I would say "You’re my favorite sister. "
She would say "You’re my nicest sister. "
Me: "You’re my smartest sister."
Her: "You’re my funniest sister," and on and on.

I only had one sister but if I had a thousand, she would still be the kindest, most gracious, generous of them all.

Rest In Peace, big sister.

Love you, miss you

Kay

Rick Allnutt

April 6, 2021

Doc Kemme and family

It breaks my heart to see yet another one of the Greeley Greats leave us! What wonderful memories of the old days of skiing together I have. And photos of the Aspen trips you all had together at the Aspen Alps.

May your hearts be filled with a lifetime of memories and know that the gang is gathering for more skiing!

Fondly,

Rick Allnutt

Jeannine Truswell

April 6, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Dick and the Kemme family. Mary 's life long commitment to helping those most vulnerable changed many lives for the better. She was small in stature but never to be underestimated. Her intelligence, sharp wit and commitment to all she believed will be missed. I will always remember the small upturn of her expression and sparkle in her eye when we spoke and connected. My heart goes out to Mary's family. Jeannine Truswell

Mary Ursula Kemme-Glock

April 5, 2021

Aunt Mary has inspired and guided my life in so many ways I cannot express. She was my second Mother. Phone calls and bringing my children and their children for visit were gifts for all of us. The many years heading to Greeley for the big holiday dinners were always something to look forward to when we were kids. Having her at our weddings and Birthday parties will be missed. It will be hard here now without her, but her bright light is now shining bigger and brighter in a far better place. A place she has lived life waiting to get to. Our hearts are broken, but hers is now deep inside us so that we can carry on her life. My heartfelt sympathy and love goes out to my Uncle Dick and my cousins. May you find comfort and healing knowing she is home.

Katherine Angell-Dillen

April 5, 2021

I'm so very sorry for your loss

FROM THE FAMILY