Obit: Emberson, Gertrude L. (1918? - 2008)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Emberson, Schmidt, Kelsey

----Source: Loyal TRG 28 May 2008

Emberson, Gertrude L. (1918? - 21 MAY 2008)

Gertrude L. Emberson, 89, Eau Claire, went to heaven on May 21, 2008. at Sacred Heart Hospital, surrounded by her family. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, May 27, at Salem Baptist Church, Eau Claire. At her request, her son, John Emberson, officiated.

Gertrude L. Schmidt was born in Clark County and grew up in Black River Falls. She was very proud of her service to our country. In March 1945, she joined the Woman’s Army and became a member of the "Purple Heart" unit of the Army’s rehabilitation program at the General Hospitals. She often emotionally talked about the painful work of aiding medical support to our wounded soldiers and the sacrifices they made for our country. From a young girl on, she loved and cared for her pets and farm animals. As a farm wife in Greenwood, she was proud of her calves and cows. She often expressed concern for abused animals and believed animals were a special gift from God. As a committed Christian, she viewed her time here as short. Daily she found great joy and purpose in reading her Bible and praying for each member of her family and friends. Consistently faithful and giving to her church, she was a strong woman of faith. Her gentle manner and purpose is only now being understood by those left behind. She left a wonderful legacy for her family and finishes this life a winner. She will be so greatly missed by so many.

Survivors include one son, John (Terese) Emberson, Eau Claire; a former daughter-in-law, Pamela Kelsey; five grandchildren, Joshua (Natasha), Jacob (Suzanne), Hillary (Jeremiah), Hannah and Josiah; seven great-grandchildren; one step-son, Terrance (Lois) Emberson, Loganville; four step grandchildren, Tracey, Heather, Scooter, and Butch; and Three step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Vilas Emberson; and a brother, Louis Schmidt.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, served the family.



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