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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Joseph Oscar Broemmer

  • Joseph Oscar Broemmer, 102, died at 2:50 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Luther Manor Nursing Center.


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  • Joseph Oscar Broemmer, 102, died at 2:50 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Luther Manor Nursing Center.
    He was born Oct. 1, 1908, in Hannibal, the son of Oscar and Fannie Bassen Broemmer.
    He married Helen Lucile Bross of Palmyra, Sept. 14, 1930, in Hannibal. She preceded him in death March 6, 1999.
    Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Dunlap and husband, C.C., of Republic, and Cindy Miller and husband, Michael, of Palmyra; grandchildren, Danny Dunlap of Springfield, Mo, Nancy Strange (Brian) of Overland Park, Kan., Jason Miller of Savannah and Jennifer Bigsby (Doug) of Hannibal; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Lauren Strange of Overland Park, Kan., and Autumn, Ashley and Alexa Bigsby of Hannibal; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by sisters, Anita Sims, Hilda Kuhns, and a brother, Clarence Broemmer.
    Mr. Broemmer owned and operated a cabinet and carpenter shop on Market Street in Hannibal from 1934 to 1946. He also worked at Durasteel Co. in the 1940s. In addition, he worked at Hannibal Woodworking Co. as a draftsman for architectural millwork from 1950 to 1967. He then went to work for Huck Fixture Co. in Quincy, Ill., as a draftsman from 1967 to his retirement in 1977.
    During the war years, Joe was a member of the Missouri State Guard.
    Mr. Broemmer served on the board of directors at Luther Manor for many years and was presented with a lifetime membership to the board in 1994.
    Joe is remembered as a well-known skilled woodworker whose work can be found in Hannibal and the surrounding Marion County area. While working at Hannibal Woodworking Co., he designed the front entrance doors of various local churches and the Hannibal Free Public Library. The first display cases at the Mark Twain Museum were designed and built by Mr. Broemmer. In addition, he designed and built the white cathedral which was lighted and used for many Christmas seasons in Hannibal Central Park.
    As a young man he built the present oak pulpit and chancel chairs used at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Throughout the years, Mr. Broemmer designed and helped build various remodeling projects and additions at St. John’s Church and School which included basement and classroom renovations.
    Joe also especially enjoyed designing and creating numerous inlaid-wood items. He generously shared his talents and projects not only with his relatives but also his friends. His last major inlaid piece was a gift to Luther Manor Nursing Center and is currently hanging in the dining area. Joe also designed and helped build the original entrance sign at Luther Manor. Even into his 90s, Joe continued to help design and do remodeling projects at the nursing center.
     Mr. Broemmer was Lutheran in faith and a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hannibal. He served in the past on various boards of the church, especially in the capacity as a trustee.
    Page 2 of 2 - Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal. 
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hannibal with the Rev. Michael Stoerger officiating. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park.
    Pallbearers will be Donald Broemmer, Fred Broemmer, Doug Gregonis, Richard Kuhns, Brian Strange, Jason Miller, John Bier and Mervin Sharkey.
    Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Tom Fischer, John Hehmeyer, Gene Lambert, Larry McCluskie, Gary Moore, Dale Peters, William Tucker, Buddy Purvis and John Frieling.
    Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Luther Manor Nursing Center, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
            
     
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