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Emilie Yarch

1921 - 2016

Emilie Rita (Kowalski) Schultz Yarch peacefully
entered the welcoming arms of her Heavenly Father on
Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016 while at home
at Orchard Manor in Posen.

She was born in Pulawski Township on August 17, 1921
to Joseph H. and Antonia (Szydlowski) Kowalski.

The fourth of thirteen children, Emilie began her education with two
years at the Noffze School in Belknap before attending St. Ignatius
Catholic School in Rogers City. She graduated from Rogers City High
School in June of 1940, On January 3, 1942, Rev. Louis A. Linn
performed the wedding ceremony that united Emilie and Helmuth W.,
“Bud” Schultz Jr. at St. John Lutheran Parsonage. Following a fifty year
marriage that produced seven children, Bud passed away on January 21,
1992. Emilie and Julian J. Yarch became husband and wife on June 26,
1993 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Posen in a service performed by
Rev. Harold G. Molzan. Julian preceded her in death on January 5, 2002.

Emilie enjoyed all sorts of travel, whether near or far. She and Bud
chaperoned numerous band and school field trips and 4-H outings, as
well as taking family camping trips, that over the years, covered most of
the United States as well as the lower provinces of Canada. They also
enjoyed visiting Bud’s former Army Air Corps “Brothers” in the castern
states. With their family grown, Bud’s retirement provided the
opportunity to make annual excursions to Las Vegas via Amtrak, Emilie
continued her travels with Julian, Gardening was another of Emilie’s
favorite pastimes, She took great pride in her roses and particularly
enjoyed growing sweet williams and delphiniums. At one point, she was
an avid bowler. She also worked many years at Kotwicki’s Department
Store, was an active and lifetime member of the Rogers City Ladies
Auxiliary of the VFW Post 607 and a member of the DAV of Alpena,
She was a participant in PTL plays at St. John Lutheran School and the
church ladies’ Spitzer club. Emilie enjoyed fishing, card playing and
bingo, and later in life looked forward to nearby casino trips.
Additionally, Emilie continued a family tradition as she delighted in
family gatherings to make anise-flavored Christmas cookies, German
pfeffernuesse, and ice box and date cookies, using the recipes handed
down from the Schultz Bakery, Before it was an acknowledged concept,
Emilie was a recycler, purchasing discarded corduroy clothing, cutting
them up and making heavy, colorful quilts. Many of her children and
grandchildren continue to enjoy their warmth during Michigan’s long,
cold winters,

Surviving Emilie are six children:
Robert (Irma) Schultz of Cheboygan;
Dianne (Larry) Darga of Rogers City;
Helmuth W. (Denyse) Schultz III of Grass Lake;
Eileen (Kurt) Ries of Rogers City;
Richard (Lucinda) Schultz of Borden, Indiana; and
Lisa (Mark) Slupecki of Traverse City.
She also leaves behind twelve grandchildren, four step-grandchildren;
thirty-one great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
One daughter,Kitty Lee Schultz, preceded her in death on May 21, 2000.
Other survivors include one sister, Lorene LaFleche of Hillman, and
five brothers, Julian (Joanne) Kowalski of Rancho Cordova, California;
Joseph Kowalski Jr. and Wilbert (Nancy) Kowalski of Alpena;
Robert (Betty) Kowalski, Richard (Rozalynne) Kowalski and
sister-in-law, Kathleen Kowalski of Rogers City.

Those siblings who preceded her include brothers Raymond of Alpena,
Jerome of Rogers City, and Elter Kowalski of Hawks; and
sisters, Gertrude Miller and Eleanor Neumann of Alpena and
Florence “Elsie” Smolinski of Hawks.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Helmuth W. Schultz Jr.;
second husband, Julian Yarch; a son-in-law, Thomas Bisson;
sister-in-law, Delores (Yarch) Kowalski of Alpena, and
brothers-in-law, Joseph LaFleche of Hillman, Charles Miller and
Ervin Neumann of Alpena, and Alphonse Smolinski of Hawks.

Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 until
8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. with Fr. Sylvestre Obwaka
officiating. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Friday from
10:00 a.m. through time of funeral at 11:00 a.m. with
Pastor J. Derek Riddle officiating.

Interment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of your choice,

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