Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
Emma V. Bodewig, 95, a resident of Baker City, died Sept. 15, 2005, at her home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bodewig will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Sister Kay Marie Duncan will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitations will be held Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Emma was born in Perry to Charles and Nora Coalwell on July 14, 1910. She resided most of her life in Baker City. A widow since 1972, Emma was a 50-year member of VFW Auxiliary Post 3048, a charter member of AMVETS 1874, and a 41-year member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She worked hard all her life to help support her family as a housekeeper for many local families and at the Baker Hotel in the 1940s. Emma is well known for her work at the Baker City Golf Club, where she planned and prepared meals for 27 years. She was also employed at the Oregon Lumber Company and worked on the preparation of many banquets for the Masonic Lodge and VFW.
Emma enjoyed card parties, bingo, yard sales, traveling, family reunions, bus trips, yard work and holiday decorating. She stayed busy and active right to the end of her life and was a true example of a dedicated mother, grandmother and friend.
She was dearly loved and will be missed by the family and friends she leaves behind.
Survivors include daughters, Twila and Katherine; daughter-in-law, Vivian; son-in-law, Loren; stepchildren, Chris, Richard, Marvin, Marlyn and Mary Jo, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husbands Henry Rockenbrant and Jake Bodewig, sisters Aileen Swinyer and Alice Spencer and brothers Frank and Ronald Coalwell, as well as her son Robert and one great-grandson, Larry.
Donations in Emma’s name may be directed to Pathway Hospice, 2192 Court St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 16, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor