Emma Johanna May, age 99, of Cokato, formerly of Glencoe, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Brookridge in Cokato.
She was born Dec. 29, 1913, on the Nelson family farm, north of Cokato, the fourth of 10 children born to William and Hannah (Ylijarvi) Nelson.
Emma graduated from Cokato High School in 1932, and attended junior college for one year.
During the late 1930s, Emma co-owned a cafe called The Pantry in Cokato.
Emma married Norris May of Howard Lake, Nov. 30, 1939. They were blessed with three children: William (Susan) of Cokato, J Peter (Karen) of St. Louis Park, and Mary Jo (Jerry) Schimelpfenig of Glencoe; six grandchildren: Jeff May, Jason May (Jann), Nate Schimelpfenig, Mike Schimelpfenig (Brianna), Julie May, and Zach May; and four great-grandchildren: Alex, Arick, Andrew, and Avery May.
Emma and Norris moved to Glencoe in 1959, where Norris was manager of the Pioneer Telephone Company. During the time Emma lived in Glencoe, she was employed by Flor-Mar Gift Shop, Pioneer Telephone Company, and Lee’s Super Valu, in the bakery department.
Norris passed away in 1966, and Emma returned to Cokato in 1976.
Emma loved her family, her church, and her community, and was very involved in volunteer work.
She enjoyed traveling, and had visited the four corners of the US, as well as traveling across the Atlantic to England.
Her donuts, butter horn rolls, and cinnamon braid bread were well-known to family and friends. Emma’s hands were rarely idle; landscape painting, rosemahling, baking, canning, gardening, knitting, crocheting, and playing scrabble were just a few of her hobbies.
A funeral service took place Monday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery of Glencoe.
Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.; and continued Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.