Funeral Services for Patricia “Pat” Bauerkemper of Chadron, Nebraska will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, Nebraska. Burial will be held at Calvary CEMETERY. Vigil will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00PM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, Nebraska.
Patricia (Pat) Ann Bauerkemper 82, passed away peacefully at Monument Medical Center in Rapid City, SD.
Pat was born to Simon and Emma (Applehans) Behm January 16, 1939 in Sterling Co. The family moved to Sidney, NE when Pat was 7. She attended St. Patrick’s Academy where she graduated in 1957.
Pat married the love of her life Robert Bauerkemper January 7th, 1961 in Sidney, NE at St. Patrick’s Church.
She worked in banking in Sidney and Scottsbluff NE before moving to Chadron in February of 1968. With three small children in tow, ages 2, 3 and 5, Pat and Bob started Bauerkemper’s Inc.
Pat and Bob worked together over 30 years before taking time off in Arizona during the winter months. It was in Arizona where Pat blossomed! She started taking pottery and painting classes that she thoroughly enjoyed. We are all benefactors of her beautiful artwork.
She also volunteered at St. Patrick’s Church and Chadron Community Hospice. She served as secretary in several organizations.
Pat loved being the family spectator and camera person at all the Bauerkemper’s sporting and motorcycle events (and there were many, she was a trooper!) She loved making food for the shop guys, including pots of soup, runza burgers and chocolate cake, affectionately known as “Patty Cake”. She was also an avid reader.
She was a kind soul that spread her love and generosity to others even when they didn’t know it.
Pat loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She used to say “lucky me” with a smile.
She is preceded in death by husband of 56 years Robert. Survived by children Steve (Dana Lowell-jahn) Bauerkemper of Lincoln, Linda (Trish Lortz) Bauerkemper of Papillion and David (Diana) Bauerkemper of Chadron. Grandchildren Nichole (Trevor) Baer of Lincoln, Paige (Dane) Armstrong of Chadron, Brenton (Heather) Bauerkemper of Chadron. Great grandchildren Macy, Millie and Ava Baer. Brother Jim (Sandy) Behm of Anchorage Alaska, sisters Thelma Moore of Georgetown Texas, Joyce (Bernard) Ford of Orange Park Florida, Judy Abrams of Sidney Nebraska.
A memorial has been established for Circle of Light or Chadron Hospice and donations may be sent in care of
Chamberlain Chapel, PO BOX 970, CHADRON, NE 69337.
Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainchapel.com
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.