Opal J. Emerson, 98, of Apple Creek passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at Wooster Community Hospital.
She was born October 9, 1924, in Wooster the daughter of Jonas and Merriell Lichty Mowrer. On December 25, 1944, she married Kenneth Emerson. He preceded her in death in 1996.
Opal had been a homemaker the majority of her life. She was a member of the sewing group at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, in Apple Creek. Opal enjoyed spending her time reading, sewing, and being with her family.
She is survived by her children Cheryl Fairbourn of Apple Creek, Rhonda Rosner of Wooster, Darrell (Patricia) Emerson of Wooster, Kenneth (Paz) Emerson of Findley, Leora Sepe of Apple Creek, Cletus (Lisa) Emerson of Apple Creek, and Wendy (Darin) Julien of Wooster; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Kenneth, Opal was preceded in death by her granddaughter Kim Rosner; and her siblings Dortha Denman, Lucille Bowman, and Marvin Mowrer.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 4:00PM at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 68 W. Main Street, Apple Creek, OH 44606, with Rev. Dale Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Apple Creek Cemetery.
Friends will be received 1-hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 68 W. Main Street, Apple Creek, OH 44606.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Opal was another of the gems as I like to call them at St.Peters. She was so appreciative of anything you did for her. May she Rest In Peace.
May I offer my deepest condolences to Opal’s family and friends as they mourn her passing. Opal was a dear, dear friend of my mother’s. Her name was Anita Thomason Spahr. Mom was born in Apple Creek, Oct 31, 1924. She spoke so many times of Opal. When my mother was in the WAC, she was assigned the duty of sending notifications of draftees into WWII. She had to send Kenneth his draft notification and it broke her heart that it was her close friend’s boyfriend at the time. This was the memory that sticks in my mind, but there were so many more that she spoke of. It was a long time ago and I just can’t recall them anymore. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Karen Spahr Shear
I have very fond memories of The Emerson Family! They were a big part of my childhood. I am so happy we had Opal for so many years!
My sincere condolences go out to all family!
Wendy Julian and family, so sorry for the loss of your Mother. May you hold onto the memories you have made with her. May God’s love surround you, His peace indwell you and His promises uphold you. Praying for you today and in the days ahead. The Lord is near to those who a broken heart. Psalm 34:18 (NKJV)
May god give her family peace