Emma Willers, 98, of Norfolk, formerly of Wayne, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.
Services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. The Rev. Harrison Goodman will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Winside.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Pleasant View Cemetery, both of Winside.
Arrangements are with Home for Funerals in Norfolk.
Emma Anna Selma Willers was born to Frank and Friedericke (Wurster) Dangberg on Oct. 5, 1917, on the family farm 1 1/2 miles south of Winside. She was baptized Oct. 27, 1917 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside by Pastor Julius Frick. She was confirmed at St. Paul’s on Palm Sunday, May 29, 1931 by Pastor H. M. Hilpert. Emma was a 1936 graduate of Winside High School and attended Wayne State College and Norfolk Junior College. She taught in rural schools in Stanton and Wayne counties, and also at Grant Elementary School in Norfolk. On March 23, 1939 she married Louis Willers of Pilger at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. They made their home on the Dangberg family farm where she was born, and were involved in farming and cattle feeding. In 1979 they retired and moved to Winside. They wintered in McAllen, Texas, for many years and following her husband's death in 1993, Emma spent several winters in Phoenix, Ariz.
Emma previously resided at The Oaks Senior Living Community at Wayne for eight years and most recently at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk, since 2012. She was a past member of the Wayne Country Club bridge group, past president of the St. Paul’s Ladies Aid, and taught Sunday school for some 30 years.
Survivors include son, Bill and Miriam Willers of Norfolk, daughter, Yvonne and Richard Stone of Land O’Lakes, Wisc., and daughter-in-law, Norma (Pat) Willers of Maben, Miss; sisters, Marian Hubble of Sun City West, Ariz., and Elsie Good of Surprise, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Willers; her son, Dwayne Willers; parents; sisters, Freda Herren, Anna Friedrich and Irene Kant; and three brothers in infancy.