Emmalyn M. Seim age 82 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Thursday, November 06, 2014 at St. Lukes Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.
Funeral services will be on Monday, November 10, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington with the Rev. Amanda Jertson officiating. Burial will be in the Obert Cemetery, Obert, NE. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 5:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the Church.
Pallbearers will be Darrin Barker, Dennis Barker, Monte Olsen, Kirk Olsen, Mike Olsen, Mark Carl and Mike Benton.
Emmalyn Marie was born on October 30, 1932 to Emanuel and Anna (Bengston) Stolpe in Obert, Nebraska. She grew up in Obert and graduated from Obert High School in 1950. She attended Wayne State College and received a teaching certificate and taught country school for one year. She and Kendall Smith were married in 1951 and they had four children, Jolene, Janelle, Julie and Kory. She later married Ralph Kunze in 1974 who passed away in 1980 from leukemia. Em married Gerald Seim on May 19, 1984 at Immanuel Lutheran church in Coleridge, NE. They purchased a home on the west side of Hartington where Em still lived. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their Hartington and Arizona home, where they spent many winters. Gerald died on October 5, 2007 in Hartington at the age of 90 years.
Emmalyn had many jobs growing up but taught herself how to play piano at a young age, later teaching piano to many students throughout the years. She has been a long-time organist in Coleridge and Hartington communities being the part-time organist for Immanuel Lutheran in Coleridge for 22 years and Trinity Lutheran in Hartington since 1984. She would play for Sunday services, weddings, funerals and volunteered her musical talents at the Senior Center and at the Hartington Nursing Home. She was always active at Ladies Aid and many other events at church. She also played numerous times at other churches to help them out. She belonged to PEO for many years. She was a big Husker fan and loved watching baseball and The Days of Our Lives. Blessed with many friends, she loved all of her family, stepchildren, and grandchildren alike, nieces and nephews, and everyone was always welcome at her home with a coffee pot always on.
Emmalyn is survived by her four children and spouses, Jolene and Floyd Herriage of Peoria, AZ, Janelle and Denny Stone of Sun City, AZ, Julie and Phil Baris of Glendale, AZ, Kory and Marjean Smith of Norfolk, NE; grandchildren Jill (Dan) Thiessen of Peoria, AZ, Jay (Honey) Stone of Spring, TX, Lee (Mike) Benton of Vermillion, SD, Jamie Smith of Norfolk, NE; great grandchildren Brooke and Rachel Thiessen of Peoria, AZ, Pearl, Emma and Hana Stone of Spring, TX; Step-son Steve Seim of Hartington and his children, Kris (Mark) Carl and family of Bennington, NE, Chad (Elizabeth) Seim of Bennington, NE; stepdaughter Dianne (Dennis) Barker of Fairbury, NE and children Darren (Jennifer) Barker and family of Waukee, IA, Derrick Barker of Baltimore, MD, Dayna (Jarrod) Allen family of St. Libory, NE; stepson Kirk (Melissa) Kunze of Long Pine, NE, Kim (Mary) Kunze and family of Onawa, IA, Kris Packett and family of Lincoln, NE; four brothers and spouses Arvid (Pat) Stolpe of Rapid City, SD, Eldon (Lois) Stolpe of Sioux City, IA, Clifton (Retta) Stolpe of Bella Vista, AK, sister Ethel Rasmussen of Hartington, NE; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Emmalyn was preceded in death by her parents Emanuel and Anna Stolpe, husband Ralph Kunze, and husband Gerald Seim; siblings Violet Lofgren, Lillian Rasmussen, Kenneth Stolpe, Norma Olson, Yvonne Egerdahl, and Raymond Stolpe; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bud Lofgren, Oswald Rasmussen, Melbert Rasmussen, Harold Egerdahl, Clarice Stolpe and Marilyn Stolpe.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
To the family of Emmalyn:
All of you have our sincere sympathy. Emmalyn was a very special lady and always was so pleasant and had a smile for everyone. I know she will be missed. Prayers for healing are sent your way.
Linda & Daryle Milbrath
Please accept our sympathy during this difficult time. We are old friends of Em and previously lived in Hartington. Both of our daughters took piano lessons from Em. Jim, Elaine, Jennifer and Carrie Hoppe
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I just heard of her death. Emmalyn was a dear soul, and my very first piano teacher. We have traded Christmas cards for many, many years, and I loved hearing from her and telling her about my life. Music and playing piano is a very important part of my life, and Emmalyn helped foster that joy. She was a very special person.
To the Family of Emmalyn:
We were very sorry to receive the Message about her passing away. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We are glad we learned to know this fine lady and relative, og to have had occasional contact by phone, letter and e-mail. Please extend our sympathy to her family and friends.
Love from Steinar Stolpe (son of Emmalyn's cousin Evert) and wife Åsne
What a beautiful tribute to a special lady. Emmalyn's kindness and gentleness will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends at this time.
Mike & Susy Arney
Such a beautiful tribute filled with so much love. I will miss seeing her soak up the sun on Julie and Phil's front porch while she chit chatted on the phone. Beautiful woman full of grace, and a deep love of her family, friends and the Lord. She will be in your hearts forever. God Bless all the family and friends as they adjust to life without her physical presence.
Robbie Draghi and family.
So blessed to have had her as my Aunt. Such a sweet beautiful soul. I will miss her dearly!
Clarke Clifton Stolpe
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