Married to Blessed William of Sann in the diocese of Gurk, Austria; it was arranged marriage, but a very happy one. Mother of two, Wilhelm and Hartvig, both of whom were murdered by the miners they were supervising when they planned to execute one of the workers. The parents turned to prayer as a way to deal with their grief. Blessed William died returning from pilgrimage to Rome, Italy.
Widowed and childless, Hemma withdrew from society, spending her life and fortune in charity and to found Benedictine houses including the double-monastery of Gurk Abbey in Carinthia, Austria in 1043. where she retired; may have become a nun, but records are unclear.
- 29 June 1045 in Gurk, Kärnten, Austria of natural causes
- re-interred in 1174 in the crypt of Gurk Cathedral
- Carinthia, Austria
- diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt, Austria
- against eye problems
- from disease
- for a happy birth
- “Blessed Hemma of Gurk“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 June 2016. Web. 19 January 2017. <>