Edna Hemken

edna hemken

July 22, 1943 ~ February 26, 2023

Born in: Newark, OH
Resided in: Vandalia, IL


Edna Hemken, 79, of Vandalia, passed away February 26, 2023, at St. Louis University Hospital, in St. Louis, MO.

Edna was born July 22, 1943 in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Charlie Marshall and Ethel Mae (Tippett) Lorance, Sr. She married Willard L. Hemken on December 28, 1990, in Vandalia, IL. They were married for 32 years.

She worked as a CNA in Joliet, IL and also at the Lutheran care Center in Altamont, IL.

Flowers, hummingbirds, and dogs, especially schnauzers, were some of the things Edna was entertained by and took delight in watching. She was a fine, lovable lady  who never said a cross word or anything inappropriate about or to anyone. She was not quick tempered or loose tongued. She tried to be kind to everyone and respectful to all.  She was the ideal to strive for and an example to which the bar was set high. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ethel.

She is survived by her husband, Willard Hemken of Vandalia, IL, sons, Brian Hemken of Vandalia, IL and Scott Hemken of Witt, IL, siblings, Charlie (Rose) Lorance, Jr. of Jamestown, TN and Patricia Moore of Ramer, TN, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm., Wednesday, March1, 2023, at the Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 201 S. Main St., Sorento, IL 62086.

Funeral: 12:00 pm., following the visitation, with Pastor Rudy Elam, officiating.

Edna will be cremated following the funeral, per her wishes.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Second Chance Rescue, 1332 N. 1150 St., Vandalia, IL 62471.

The family asks that donations, to Second Chance Rescue, be made in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, as animals, especially dogs, were very dear to Edna.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral homes of Sorento with the ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories or offer condolences to the family.


Visitation: March 1, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home of Sorento
201 S. Main St.
Sorento, IL 62086

Funeral Service: March 1, 2023 12:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home of Sorento
201 S. Main St.
Sorento, IL 62086

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Edna Hemken 's name.

Second Chance Rescue

1332 N. 1150 St.
Vandalia, IL

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  1. Light a CandleThis beautiful lady is going to be missed by many. Love her more than most would know. RIP Edna, until we meet again, and we will! Dale and Genny

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