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Emily Rosemary DeutscherCLERGY
Rev. Ron Shifley & Rev. Hope Deutscher
Organist ~ Sharon Orth
Soloist ~ Laurie Suess
“No More Night”
“Blessed Assurance” verses 1 & 2
“What a Day That Will Be”
“It is Well with My Soul” verses 1, 2, & 3
Joe Walloch, Shaun Doering, Bob Walloch,
Dick Deutscher, Steve Meyer, & Gus Hagenberg
One of life’s beautiful gifts was returned to her maker and her loved ones while in the arms of her family on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Emily Deutscher was in the Sister James Hospice House in Yankton, SD.
Emily Rosemary Meyer, the third of twelve children was born on December 24, 1937 to Rev. Andrew B. And Bertha (Saaijenga) Meyer in Holland, Michigan. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the Ebenezer Reformed Church south of Scotland.
Emily attended elementary school in Iowa and South Dakota. She graduated from Scotland High School where she attended Girl’s All-State, All-State Band and All-State Chorus. Emily earned a B.S. Degree in Education from Yankton College and the University of SD - Springfield. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of South Dakota - Vermillion.
Mrs. Deutscher taught her first 5 years in country schools and 40 years in the Scotland’s Elementary School. During her tenure she was active in the Scotland Education Association. She was awarded the ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award several times in her career. She retired from teaching in May, 2004.
Emily married Paul W. Deutscher on April 7, 1957. Four children were born to this union: Kim, Michael, Julia, and Robin. Paul and Emily resided on their Century family farm east of Scotland where she enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the country. She loved watching the baby calves play in the spring and the beautiful colors of the fall. Tending her big gardens was her ‘therapy ‘. She hosted many family gatherings, planned family reunions, and enjoyed researching her family genealogy. Reading, listening to music, traveling with family, assisting Kim with school and 4-H activities, playing with grandson Jeremy were times Emily treasured. Dancing with him at his wedding and holding great-grandson Aiden were some of her greatest memories. She cherished the friendship and love of Paul for 65 years. She and her beloved husband Paul celebrated their 60th Anniversary this past April.
From her early childhood Emily sang solos and participated in church/community choirs. She accompanied and led children and adult choirs in church. She also served as pianist and organist for many years. She was active in the Dorcas Society and UPW, youth leader, Sunday School and Bible School teacher. How appropriate that she went home to her Heavenly Father on a Sunday as she was always very busy on Sundays!
Emily was diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in 1993. This restricted her activities in later years. She praised God for each day that was given her. And she was so thankful to have enjoyed the arrival of her great-grandson Aiden.
In times of joy and sorrow, in plenty and want, in sickness and health Emily testified to the faith of the living God whose Word was her rod and staff which comforted her. The Lord God Almighty in this wise counsel reigns and rules in this world, summoning Emily's spirit to pass from life to eternity.
Emily is survived by her husband Paul Deutscher of Scotland SD; daughter Kim (Michael) Ward of Norwalk, IA; grandson Jeremy (Alexis) Ward of Springboro, OH; great-grandson Aiden; siblings Mary Wagner, JoAnn Morton, Andy Meyer, Joy Krein, Susan Deutscher, Steve Meyer; brother-in-laws Gale Wagner, Doug Scholten, Darrell DeHeer, Lee Krein, Dick Deutscher, Bruce Jensen; sister-in-law Donna Meyer; and many nieces and nephews.
Emily was preceded in death by her parents Rev. Andrew B. and Bertha Meyer; babies Michael Paul, Julie Ann and Robin Renee; sisters Roberta Walding, Ruth Navant, Nancy Scholten, Jeanne DeHeer and Cindy Jensen.
Memorials will be given to the Alpha-1 Foundation to search for a cure.
Thoughts and prayers with Paul, Kim and family.
Randy Wagner Sep 29 2017 3:29 PM
Paul and family, So sorry to hear of Emily's passing. Our deepest sympathies. I have many memories of growing up with her younger sisters and spending time with both of you. Such a lovely lady. She will be missed.
Margaret & Dick West Sep 29 2017 1:19 AM
Sending thoughts of sympathy to Paul and to Kim. Perhaps she will be teaching up in heaven. Fondly remember her as the kindergarten teacher of our children.
Theresa /James Sedlacek Sep 28 2017 10:26 PM
I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful woman. Emily was very special to me and I loved her fighting spirit and positive attitude. I will be telling her Alpha story for years to come. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
Peggy Sep 28 2017 2:18 PM
My prayers are extended to Paul and Kim & family; also to many sisters of Emily that I knew during our time at SHS. You have years of wonderful memories to cherish!
Katherine Schmidt Sep 26 2017 4:17 AM