HURON — Emma June Tschetter, 99, of Huron, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Bethesda Church with Rev. Elton Berg and Rev. Roy Burket officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Kuhler Funeral Home, with her family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Visit www.kuhlerfuneralhome.com.
Emma June (Hofer) Tschetter was born June 21, 1913, and as the result of a stroke, went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 30, 2013 at the age of 99 years, 7 months and 9 days.
Emma June was born in Freeman, South Dakota, to Michael and Sarah Hofer, the second of 5 children. Their oldest child, Peter Albert died in infancy. When Emma was 3 years old, the family moved to North Dakota where Emma’s younger siblings were born, Albert Isaac, Gilbert Michael and Edna Gloria. The family had homesteaded land in North Dakota, 20 miles south of Harvey, and farmed during her childhood years. Her father was also a school teacher and taught many years in North and South Dakota.
Emma finished grade school and attended high school close to home in Hurdsfield. It was during this time that her future husband came to teach school and stayed in their home. After high school graduation, Emma attended Freeman Junior College where she earned her teaching certificate. She then taught school near the Tschetter farm and the spark of romance was kindled. As a result, Sam and Emma were married on September 17, 1938, at the Bethel Church and moved to the family farm near Carpenter, South Dakota.
God soon blessed Sam and Emma with a daughter, Sharon Lynne, then their son, Sylvester Samuel. In those years, Emma partnered with Sam in farm work, made numerous meals for hired men, kept a thriving garden, and managed the activities of their two children. Years later Emma was blessed with a son-in-law, Phil, and three granddaughters, Rhonda June, Vicki Lynne and Lisa Jo. As grandmothers often do, Emma June spent hours baking mouthwatering buns and crocheting afghans for her family, and for the James Valley Auction. She was also blessed with 6 great grandchildren. Sam and Emma June had a wonderful life together. He treasured her, treating her with tenderness and kindness, always speaking very highly of her and giving her gifts to represent his love and devotion. Many heard him say, “I got a good wife and I had to go a long way to get her … all the way to North Dakota!”
Emma’s spiritual pilgrimage was filled with faithful service to her church, community and family. As a teenager, Emma June received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized soon after. During her years on the farm, Emma June and her husband were faithful attenders and servants at Bethel Church near Yale. They frequently hosted visiting missionaries, conference guests and traveling friends and relatives in their home with Sam entertaining and Emma June serving. Emma June’s ministry in the church included teaching children’s Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and singing in the choir.
When Sam passed away in 1985, Emma June continued to live on the farm with Sal for many years. She missed Sam deeply, but was always thankful for Sal’s faithful presence and care. In 2004, Emma June entered SunQuest Health Care Center in Huron, where she received excellent care and was loved by many. In 2006, Phil and Sharon moved to Huron and for the next 6 years, mother and children shared time at many family, church, and community activities together.
As Phil and Sharon moved to Wyoming to be near children and grandchildren, it was decided Emma should join in creating family memories. In October of 2012, Emma June was moved to Westview Health Care Center in Sheridan, Wyoming within half a mile of her family. While at Westview, she received superb care, enjoyed the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, and delighted in regular attention from family.
The last week of Emma June’s life contained wonderful highs and heart-wrenching lows. After a wonderful weekend together with family, Emma June suffered a stroke Sunday evening, and went home to be with her Lord Wednesday noon in Sheridan Memorial Hospital with several family and medical staff present.
To those of us who mourn our loss, Emma June Tschetter leaves a wonderful legacy of faith, of faithfulness, of service and of love. As a family, we express our gratitude to those at SunQuest Health Care Center, Westview Health Care Center, medical staffs in Huron and Sheridan, Bethel and Bethesda Church families, and many others who have contributed to our lives and hers. We have a certain hope of seeing Emma June again in heaven, and eagerly look forward to the time of our Lord’s ultimate reign.
Those who remain to rejoice in Emma June Tschetter’s heavenly reward are her son, Sylvester Tschetter; her daughter, Sharon Plett and husband Phil; granddaughters, Vicki Jost and husband Corey, Lisa Kutz and husband Daryl; great-grandchildren, Emma Jost, Elizabeth Jost, Hannah Jost and Peter Jost and Ethan Kutz and Julia Kutz; sister, Edna Baltzer and husband Robert; sister-in-law, Maggie (Gilbert) Hofer; and many nieces and nephews.
Emma June is preceded by her husband, Sam M. Tschetter; a granddaughter, Rhonda June Plett; and three brothers, Peter, Albert and Gilbert Hofer.
Thus ends the earthly story of a life well lived.
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