Della Mae Cannaday Hemmrich, 92, Clarksville, Tenn., the mother of a Stevens Point man, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.
Services will be at noon Saturday, in Clarksville, Tenn.
Donations would be appreciated to the Wounded Warriors at woundedwarriors.org.
Mrs. Hemmrich was born July 26, 1921, in the town of Franzen in Marathon County, a daughter of the late Dora and Harry Dale Cannaday.
She was married to Fredrick William Henry Hemmrich of Marathon City in 1940. They later divorced after he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
They were one of the first American families to live in occupied Japan. After World War II, the family was transferred to Camp Campbell, Ky., and Clarksville, Tenn., became her home.
During the Cold War, she was part of Civil Defense. She helped to secure and maintain civilian supplies at Dunbar Cave.
She was known as “First Sergeant” and later “Sergeant Major” by her family.
She was a champion bridge player.
Survivors include one son, Mark Clinton (Maryvonne) Hemmrich, Stevens Point; four daughters, Paula Gene (Lewis) Harris, Old Hickory, Tenn.; Mary Louise (Patrick) Monaghan, New Hope, Ky., and Jody Della (Frank) Hite and Sara Elizabeth (Mike) Gotcher, both of Clarksville, Tenn.; one sister, Pauline (Edward) Thomsen, Friendship, Wis.; one brother, Harry (Naomi) Cannaday, Clarksville, Tenn.; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Geoffrey Ernest Hemmrich; one sister, Opal Heppner; two brothers, Ernest and Gene Cannaday; and her ex-husband, Fredrick William Henry Hemmrich.