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Bessie Hetmer Johnson

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Bessie Hetmer Johnson

Bessie Hetmer Johnson, 92, passed away early on Friday, September 4, 2020 in Mesquite, Texas.

Bessie was born in Ennis, Texas on July 24, 1928 to Joe J. and Annie V. (Palka) Jaska. She grew up in Ennis and attended Ennis High School.

Bessie worked for Louise Chaney Sportswear, Parker Garrick, Pearsol Appliances and was a sought after seamstress in Ennis. When Bessie was a seamstress in Ennis, her joy was to see how beautiful the girls looked in their Prom Dresses, Bridesmaid gown and Bridal gowns. Bessie was a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis, KJZT and SPJST. Bessie taught her family what true “unconditional” love really means. She was a role model of what it meant to be a mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She always did for everyone else but herself. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, she always lite up when they entered the house. She spoiled them rotten. Bessie never used the word “inlaw” her children and grandchildren’s spouses were always considered as her children.

Bessie enjoyed playing golf and you never bothered her when golf was on TV. Her Czech heritage was her pride and she loved her music and dancing to the Polka and Waltzs.

Bessie is survived by her children: David Hetmer and wife, Pat and Peggy Snapka and husband, Michael; grandchildren: Kristina Hetmer Kempton and husband, Paul Joe Hetmer and wife, Krystal, Joseph Snapka and wife, Monica; Christopher Snapka and wife, Becca, Stacey Clanahan and husband, Christian; great-grandchildren: Morgan, Hayden, Hudson, Mia, Mae, Henry, Riley and Ady; sisters: Mary Jakubik and Margie Macalik special niece, Betty Slovacek and goddaughter, Annie Mae Vrzalik along with a host of extended family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Frank Hetmer and George Johnson, granddaughter, Jennifer Hetmer, brothers: Jody Jaska and Wesley Jaska; sisters: Judy Lanning, Anna Jurcik and Rosie Chapman.

Due to medical concerns, private family services will not be open to the public at this time. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to the Cheyenne Medical Lodge of Mesquite for taking such excellent care of our mother. You treated her with such gentleness, kindness and compassion showing her such love during her residency.