Emma Young, age 75, of Aurora, passed away, with her family by her side, at 10:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Emma was born on Oct. 21, 1934, in Northern Italy, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Eder) Weiglein. She was born during the outbreak of WWII, and Emma and her German parents were then forced to move back to Schweinfurt, Germany.
On Jan. 29, 1959 and Jan. 30, 1959, she married Robert Eugene "Bob" Young in Germany while he was stationed in the Army.
Emma was employed at the Juvenile Shoe Factory and the Aurora Bowling Alley. She enjoyed German music, animals, flowers and especially children. She was a natural caregiver, taking in and feeding two and four-legged strays, and never missed an Ernte Fest. Most importantly Emma loved her children more than life itself.
Those surviving her include, her husband of 51 years, Bob of the home; three children: Dr. Peter Young, of Kansas City and Aurora; Susie English and her husband, Mike, of Joplin; and Thomas Young and his wife, Lane, of Kansas City; her one and only granddaughter: Emma Christine Young; two brothers: James Weiglein, of Aurora and August Weiglein, of Germany; and one sister: Martha McGaugh, of Waldron, Ark.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, in Aurora. Visitation will be held from noon until the service starts at 2 p.m. Those who loved and wish to share memories, please join the family after the memorial service at the Metropolitan Kafé immediately after the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Aurora Nursing Center in care of the funeral home.
On behalf of the family, we would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the Aurora Nursing Center for the friendship and kindness during Emma's stay.
Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com.