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In Loving Memory

Hemrick, Darla J.

Darla J. Hemrick (nee Sippel)

A bright light was taken far too soon, on May 19, 2023, after a valiant battle with ovarian cancer.  Darla will be remembered for her outgoing personality, love for others and her natural ability to make all feel welcome and loved.

Born April 17, 1969, in St. Louis, Missouri to Mike and Joy Sippel, Darla attended the Mehlville School District, completed her undergraduate degree at William Woods University where she was a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, received her Masters degree in Special Education from Webster University and completed her Doctor of Education from Maryville University.  Darla dedicated her professional career to special education shining her light at The St. Louis Special School District, Annie Malone Children and Family Services, Great Circle and Confluence Academy.  She was loved and respected by students, parents, and administration.

She is the cherished mother of Sophia Hemrick (Ben), David-Kyler Hemrick (Jessie), Billy Hemrick (Angie), Danny Hemrick (Gabrielle), partner of Bill Hemrick and loving grandmother of Riley-Joy and Reese Clara Hemrick.  Darla is now reunited in Heaven with her beloved parents Mike and Joy Sippel and leaves behind her brother, Dean Sippel (Jennifer Steffen) as well as Nieces, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: The Cancer Society (donate3.cancer.org) or St. Jude’s Children’s Research (stjude.org)

Services:Visitation: South County Kutis Funeral Home 5525 Lemay Ferry Road 63129 Monday, May 29, 2023 from 4-8pm

Memorial: South County Kutis Funeral Home 5525 Lemay Ferry Road 63129Tuesday, May 30, 2023 10:00

A celebration of life will take place at a later date to honor the joy, love and light that Darla brought to all those who knew her.


5 thoughts on “Hemrick, Darla J.”

  1. Words are not enough!
    Dearest Sophia & David-Kyler, Uncle John & i give you hugs forever to comfort you! From the day your mom was born, she seasoned our lives! Dear Bill, your love helped her endure. Dear Dean, a good brother through it all!
    May you all have Peace!
    Death is not the end.
    Of Faith, Hope & Love, Love prevails! Memories remain.
    Love All-ways, Aunt Barb

  2. She was such a wonderful person! I am sad to hear of her passing. She was a very, very integral park of boys of my children’s education. Rest in peace friend.

  3. My heart is heavy with sadness, but May her memory shine with love and happiness.
    Darla was a great friend and beautiful person. She will be missed.
    Many prayers to her children and brother.

  4. Darla,
    You have touched the hearts of so many people. I hope you know how much you were truly loved! We had so much fun at WWC together. You were such a fun, crazy roommate! Loved being an Alpha Chi with you! Such a special bond that brought us together. We clicked from the first day that we met! We were always on fun adventures, laughing and getting into trouble. Smile! You were an amazing friend, sister, mother, educator and daughter. You will be missed so much. Rest in peace and I will meet you up in heaven! Prayers to all of Darla’s family. We will always remember Darla and will keep her memory alive! Love and hugs to all of you!


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