Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, May 11, 1967




Mrs. Emma Church, longtime resident of Holyoke, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Melissa Memorial Hospital following an illness of only a few hours.


Mrs. Church, who was 84 years of age, was quite active and had attended a club meeting Wednesday afternoon. She was stricken that evening at her home and was taken to the hospital. Death was attributed to a heart attack.


Rosary rites were held at 8:30 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Funeral services were conducted at the church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 6, with Rev. John C. Walsh officiating. Arrangements were in charge of the Lewis Funeral Home. Interment was at Holyoke Memorial Park.


As Emma Josephine Nunn the third of 16 children of Andrew and May Ann Nunn, Mrs. Church was born July 21, 1882, at Alexandria, Nebraska. The family home was on a farm southeast of Alexandria.


On April 15, 1902 she was united in marriage to Alonzo Richard Church at Fairbury, Nebraska. To this union six children were born, all of whom survive. The family resided on a farm southeast of Fairbury until 1923 and then moved to Fairbury. In March, 1925, the Church family moved to a farm southwest of Holyoke. Mr. and Mrs. Church resided there until 1935, when they moved to Holyoke. Their home since 1939 had been 641 South Baxter, where Mrs. Church continued to reside after the death of her husband on February 20, 1964.


Mr. and Mrs. Church were familiarly known as “Pop” and “Mom” by many people in this community. Mrs Church, a member of St. Patrick’s Church, had been active in church work and was also an active member of several clubs.


Mrs. Church is survived by four sons, Edward Julian and Alonzo Frederick, both of Holyoke, Henry William, Denver, and William Donald, Grand Junction; two daughters, Mary Ellen (Mrs. Hubert) Massman, Denver, and Catherine Frances (Mrs. Ernest) Kennicutt, Grant, Nebraska; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Gillespi, Deadwood, Oregon, Mrs. Gertrude Rennick, Greenville, Mississippi, and Miss Minnie Nunn, Fairbury, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.


Preceding Mrs. Church in death were 12 brothers and sisters.





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