Emma Schlemmer, 97

Emma Clare Schlemmer, 97, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Indiana, died at 11:35 pm, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at her home.  She was born Aug. 24, 1919 in Kokomo, to Eli and Emma (Dean) Yager.

Emma was a 1936 graduate of Chippewa High School and a graduate of Manchester College.  She married Elton David Schlemmer in Wabash on Oct. 11, 1940; he died Jan. 21, 2001.  She taught in Roann, Chippewa, and Lagro Schools, retiring after 27 years.  Emma was a member of the Wabash Christian Church for more than 80 years.  She was also a 50-year member of the Eastern Star, and a former member of the Retired Teachers Association.  

She is survived by her three daughters, Jackie Schlemmer of Richmond, Calif., Jane (Edward) Schopfer of Fort Collins, Colo., and Joyce (Baxter) Lee of Claypool; nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, her daughter Jody Kirby, brother Albert Yager, and her two sisters, Anna Dean Karns, and Ida Mae Petro.

Visitation was Monday, Jan 16, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.  There will be no service.

Preferred memorial is Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 334 Enterprise Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580.

The memorial guest book for Emma may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Jan 17