Funeral Services for Emma Stutz, 95, of Cherokee formerly of Aurelia, were held Monday, December 16, at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Ostercamp officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Aurelia.
Emma died Saturday, December 14, at the Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee, where she had been a resident since May of 1996.
Emma Olivine Silvernale was born January 27, 1907, the oldest of nine children born to Perne and Dora (Brace) Silvernale at Currie, Minn. She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College in 1926, and taught country school for two years. On February 15, 1928 Emma married Irwin Stutz. They farmed in the Currie area until 1960. They moved to Aurelia where Emma worked at Elsie's Cafe for several years.
She was active in her churches, First Presbyterian in Currie, and First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Emma belonged to Pythian Sisters and the Seniors Citizens group of Aurelia. She enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends, and also received much pleasure from flowers and her family.
Survivors include her children, Greta and husband Don Sponsel of Bloomington, Minn, Dr. Conley and his wife Donna Stutz of Peoria, IL, Stanley and his wife Marlys Stutz of Mankato, Minn, Sandra and her husband Ronald Baldner of Cherokee. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Angelo Filkins of Maplewood, Minn, Zorada Hoge of Maple Grove, Minn; one brother, Robert and wife Maxine Silvernale of Slayton, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Emma in death were her parents; her husband Irwin on April 24, 1984; one sister; four brothers; one great grandson.