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Emma Guderian

Emma Guderian, 102 of Bristol and formerly of Waubay died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waubay, Rev. Jeffrey Kalb officiating. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery, Waubay. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the Church. Emma Almira Zubke was born on Friday, May 5, 1911 to Herman and Ida (Bundrock) Zubke on the family farm northwest of Waubay, South Dakota. She was the 8th child in a family of 13 children. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waubay. Emma attended school through the eighth grade and then remained at home to help out her family. On June 2, 1937 she was united in marriage to Virgil Guderian at Waubay. The couple spent all their married life in Waubay and owned and operated Guderian’s Resort at Enemy Swim Lake for several years. Virgil passed away in 1977. After his death she continued to live in Waubay until June 2006 when she moved to Aberdeen to be closer to her daughter. She entered Sun Dial Manor in June 2007 where she has resided since. Emma was a life-long member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was active in choir, Ladies Aide and enjoyed teaching Sunday School. She was also proud to be a life-long member of the Waubay American Legion Auxiliary. Emma passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Bristol, South Dakota at the age of 102 years and 17 days. Celebrating her life through memory are her two children, Barbara (Harlan) Wickham of Aberdeen, SD and Barton (Pat) Guderian of Northfield, MN; three grandchildren, Lori (John) Brown of Zimmerman, MN, Susan Stadel of Gilbert, AZ and Beth Kendall of Minneapolis, MN; and five great grandchildren, Austin, Samantha, Gracie and Cole Stadel and Justin Brown. Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, one grandson, one great grandson, seven brothers and five sisters. Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, you will be in our hearts forever. Emma leaves a legacy of love to all who knew her. Peace be with you, mom, we all loved you dearly.

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We are thinking of you during this hard time. What a blessing to have Emma celebrate 102 years. She was a very special lady. I will remember the lunches I shared with Emma and Barb. Hold on to all the special memories to help you through the sad days. Love and prayers being sent your way.

Louie and Myrt May 29 2013 12:00 AM

What a blessing to have had you for a mother. Your devotion to family and ever present love and support were a comforting presence. You are now at peace and you will live in my heart for all my days.

Barton Guderianb May 26 2013 12:00 AM

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Emma was a sweet lady, always enjoyed visiting with her. She finally got her wish and I am sure she is happy now.

Charlotte Glynn May 26 2013 12:00 AM

Thinking of you as you say your goodbye's to Emma. She was a wonderful person and was ready to meet her Lord and Savior, she is now at peace. It was nice to get reconnected with her at Sun Dial when I went to visit Mom. I always told her "I remember when you used to give the Barber girls their haircuts." She was always so grateful that I had stopped to see her. I visited Irene last Friday, she said she misses Emma horribly, I will keep her in my prayers.

Jeanne Schetnan May 26 2013 12:00 AM

Grandma, you were so loved by us...thought about you all the time. I hope you are smiling down on us now that you are with family up above in God's arms. You had the biggest heart of anyone I knew...glad you didn't have to suffer any longer. Love; John, Lori and Justin

Lori, John and Justin Brown May 25 2013 12:00 AM

Mom, you are at peace and in a very beautiful place, but you will always be with me. Loved you very much, Barbara

Barbara J Wickham May 25 2013 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to all. Emma was a great lady. When those girls got together they always had fun. God Bless, she will be forever in our hearts.

Carol (Zubke) Weyh May 23 2013 12:00 AM