Kathryn B. Emch, age 95, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2016, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold.
Kathryn was born on December 22, 1920 in Milford, Indiana, the third of seven children born to Ezra and Luella (Haab) Beer. On March 5, 1944, she married Harold Emch, who passed away on January 9, 2009. Together they raised their four children in Hubbard, Ohio, where she was a homemaker and later owned and operated the Hubbard Dairy Queen for 17 years.
Kathryn was a loving and generous mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was an excellent cook, baker, and candy maker, especially known for her chocolates. She was known for her loving cheerful attitude and made friends easily. She was a long-time member of the Apostolic Christian Church, most recently of Junction, Ohio.
She served as a leader in many volunteer activities over her life, including President of the PTA, Chairman of the local March of Dimes, and in many support roles. Until recently, she served as a mentor with Four County Career Center.
She is survived by her four children, Dianne (Les) Zunkel of Elmhurst, Illinois, Dr. James Emch (Carmina) of Almeria, Spain, Dr. John (Bev) Emch of Archbold, Ohio, and Elaine Emch of Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Nathaniel (Sandy) Zunkel, Benjamin (Tanya) Zunkel, Kate (Raul) Emch Presas, and Dr. Andrew (Dr. Laura) Emch.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, a daughter-in-law Rosa, Maria Garcia Kirmse and a grandson Joseph Emch.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church near Junction, Ohio (13562 Road 147, Defiance, OH 43512). Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude when the service begins. Interment will be private. Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with arrangements.
Kathryn was loved by many and will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers and other memorials, contributions in her honor can be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Junction Ohio (13562 Road 147, Defiance, OH 43512), the Archbold United Methodist Church (401 Ditto Street, Archbold OH 43502), the Joseph D. Emch Memorial Scholarship Fund (P.O. Box 93, Archbold Ohio 43502) or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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