Born On: November 11, 1927

Passed On: April 12, 2020

Barbara J. Hemeren

Barbara Jean Hemeren of Muskegon, Michigan (age 92) passed away peacefully on Easter Day, April 12 after a long and fulfilling life.  

Barbara Hemeren was born on November 11, 1927 in Muskegon, the daughter of Howard and Anna Buchan. Barbara grew up in Muskegon Heights and was the oldest of three siblings (brothers: Duane and Howard Buchan).  

Barbara attended Western Michigan University to become a teacher. She married Earl George Hemeren on April 23, 1955. They lovingly adopted four children (James, Janet (Zona), Paul and Jeanne) and provided them with a loving and supportive family. Barbara was a grade school teacher for many years in Muskegon Heights and then later at Angell School where she was greatly appreciated by her colleagues and students. She would often remember the many students she had and the happiness she felt when they kindly remembered her educational influence after many years. Teaching was her gift to her students, but for many years she would also knit mittens for her students for Christmas. After her retirement, Barbara continued to help out with teaching by volunteering at Angell School. 

Barbara is survived by her four children, daughter Jeanne Kuharevicz Bleich (Rick Bleich) Muskegon, daughter Zona Kähkönen Keppler (Chris Keppler) Worthington, Ohio, son James Hemeren, Hesperia, and son Paul Hemeren (Gudrun), Skövde, Sweden, and nine grandchildren: Andrew Kuharevicz (Brooke), Leah Kuharevicz (Joey Niezer), Sydney Jean Bleich, Jay Northrop (Erin), Leslie Northrop (Michael Norman), Emerson Kahkonen Keppler, Zane Kahkonen Keppler, Nicklas Hemeren (Erica) and Carl Hemeren and seven great-grandchildren: Josie Rose and Vivian Sky Norman, Heidi Nicole and Brendan Tyler Northrop, Levi Michael and Silas Paul Hemeren and Sawyer Kuharevicz. 

Barbara is also survived by her brother Duane Buchan, Muskegon. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband in 1981. 

Barbara was a very devoted mother and grandmother. Her home was also a loving home for her grandchildren. Barbara also enjoyed watching baseball and was an avid Tigers fan. She knew the game well. 

Very late into her life, Barabara maintained many wonderful friendships. She was always open and ready to listen and to help out wherever she could. She was also a dedicated and active member of Samuel Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Her faith gave her strength, love and generosity to her family and friends. Her life was a blessing!


Shoreline Memorial Services of Muskegon Ph. 231-722-5050




One thought on “Barbara J. Hemeren

  1. Sandy Picard

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of this beautiful lady.
    She has been missed in our pews at Samuel; we sat by each other for many years!


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