Loss is an inevitable part of life. It can be painful, but it’s as constant as the changing seasons. In Clinton County, Hempen Funeral Home has helped make that process easier for nearly 100 years.
Originally opened by Henry B. Hempen in 1915, Hempen Funeral Home has grown from a small business located above the family’s general store to four locations in Albers, Aviston, Breese and New Baden.
Henry’s grandson, Carson Hempen joined his father Ben in the business in 1970, but after more than four decades, he’s decided to step down.
Eric Nordike has purchased the business and is excited to continue and build on the professional service that the Hempen family has offered for so many years.
“Hempen Funeral Home has always understood the importance of creating a meaningful funeral service for a life worth celebrating, and I intend to continue that tradition,” Nordike said.
Eric, 29, is a 2003 graduate of Carlyle High School and a 2007 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago.
He has been involved in the funeral service industry since 2005, serving the last seven years as a licensed funeral director with Frerker Funeral Home in Carlyle.
Congressman John Shimkus’ office recently secured the decorations earned by Sylvester Hilmes of Breese for his service in the Army during the Korean War: the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. A formal presentation was planned but had to be canceled due to a family emergency. However, the congressman was able to greet Mr. Hilmes recently and thank him for his service. Pictured are Shimkus and Hilmes.
Grand opening and tours of the new facility held Sunday.
Wesclin students, parents, alumni, teachers, past teachers past board members and others found themselves in awe over the new Wesclin High School in Trenton. The 109,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility features a biology lab, physical lab, chemistry lab, media center, band room, gymnasium, classrooms and an agricultural shop and wood shop.
In addition, there is an outdoor amphitheater area and new football/track field.
During the dedication on Sunday, Wesclin Superintendent Jennifer Filyaw said that today marks the end of a long history of Wesclin Junior/Sr. High, as well as St. George Elementary (in New Baden) and St. Mary Elementary School (in Trenton).
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