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Patricia B. Hemken 1953 - 2022
Frank Joseph Wapelhorst

Patricia Bernice Hemken, 69, passed away after a three-year battle with cancer on August 17, 2022, peacefully at home in Great Bend, Kansas. She was born on January 31, 1953, at Pawnee Rock, Kansas to Edwin & Margaret (Halda) Hemken.

Coming from Larned to Great Bend in 1994, Patricia spent her working life as an LPN for Larned State Hospital. She loved her family, plants, and fur baby: Kody Bear Daytona Dreamer.

Survivors include long-time significant other Steve Fellers, of the home; one daughter, Shawna (Trey) Fiesterman of Great Bend; on granddaughter, Paige Barry of Great Bend; two brothers, Edwin (Diana) Hemken of Derby and Robert (Mo) Hemken of Pawnee Rock; and three sisters, Dorothy Hessman of Dodge City, Joyce Hemken of Alvin, Tex., and Sue (Jim) Wozniak of Bovins, Ark. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Janis Folkerts.

There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Per Patricia’s wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Memorials have been designated to the Golden Belt Humane Society, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530 

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 21, 2022