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Sheila Rae Hachmeister 1953 - 2011

POSTED September 13, 2011 6:09 p.m.

TOPEKA — Sheila Rae Hachmeister, 58, died Sept. 10. She was born on April 17, 1953, to W.H. and Gladys Awtrey in Hereford, Texas. She graduated from Ulysses High School in 1971 and later earned her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University. She married Bill Hachmeister in 1974. They later divorced. He survives. The family lived in Hill City and Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1999. Sheila was employed by St. Francis Health Center in Medical Records for many years. She transferred to the Cancer Registry Department, serving as a Registered Health Information Technician.

She is survived by two sons, Jason Wayne Hachmeister and Aaron Kale (Jessica) Hachmeister, all of Topeka; two sisters, Rhonda Kay (Rick) Bever, Olathe, and Eugena Gay (Alan) Hess of Grand Island Neb.; and many nieces, nephews and other loving family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wayne Huston Awtrey; and mother-in-law, Cora Lea Hachmeister.

She was a member of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church and active with the Prairie Trace Homeowners’ Association. Her interests were singing in church choir, trying new recipes, family gatherings, attending live jazz venues, motorcycle rides, photography, oil painting, ceramics, jewelry making, interior decorating and walking her dog, Harley.

Memorial service celebrating Sheila’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. Online condolences may be sent to


Funeral arrangements provided by

Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home*

2801 SW Urish Road

Topeka KS 66614

(785) 272-7888

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 14, 2011

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