Notes for Emma Josephine WESTERMEYER: Emma Josephine Westermeyer was born September 28th,1904 in Dyersville, Dubuque County, Iowa, died March 26th, 1986, Crystal Pines Nursing Home, Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Illinois, at the age of eighty-two years from a stroke. She is interned in River Valley Cemetery, West Dundee, Kane County, Illinois next to her husband Cletus. was married for sixty-one years until her death on March 26th, 1986, in Crystal Pines Nursing Home in Crystal Lake, Illinois, at the age of eighty-two. Emma was laid to rest in River Valley Cemetery in West Dundee, Illinois next to her husband Cletus. Emma married Cletus Slyvester Nockels, February 3rd, 1925, Saint Francis Basilica, Dyersville, Dubuque County, Iowa, at the age of twenty-one years. Their marriage was blessed with eight children, SEE NOTES ON EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD, Russell James Nockels (Helen Antonette Golly), David Lloyd Nockels (Ruth Ann Mielinger & Marge Ann Lottes), Daniel Allen Nockels (Mary Margaret Devaney), Joann Marie Nockels (George Witteried), Walter Gene Nockels (Mary Catherine Blackburn, Vivian Mary Nockels, Bonnie Lee Nockels (Paul Hix) and Mary Noel Nockels (Martin Woulding). Emma was the youngest of six children. He father passed away when she was a teenager. Her mother lived well into her nineties. Emma attended school at St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, first through the twelfth grade and then attended a teachers college, I believe the college was located in Dubuque, Iowa. Emma and her sisters traveled through the area around Dyersville entertaining at local dances. Emma did the singing along with her sister Martha, while her sister Florence played the piano. I remember her telling me that while teaching, she had owned a Model T Ford and that during the winter months, she had to take the battery out of the car and bring it into the house to keep it warm on else the car would not start the next morning. In those days, cars were not equipped with heaters as they are today, so a blanket was wrapped around the legs while you were driving to keep you warm. Mom met dad in Dubuque, Iowa while attending mass, and he had left her a note in her glove, saying, "you can put your spoon in my coffee any time". I guess the rest was a short whirlwind romance, then their marriage. Emma spent her early years of marriage in Minneapolis Minnesota where she bore four children, Russel James, David Lloyd, Daniel Allen and Joann Marie. After Cletus lost his job, because of the depression, she and the family moved to Decorah, Iowa, where her fifth child was born, Walter Gene. The family then moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1932, from Postville, Iowa, where she had the rest of her children, Vivian Mary, Bonnie Lee and Mary Noel. The first home that Emma and dad owned was at 4845 WEST. Eddy St. in Chicago, Illinois. The times were rough but the children didn't know how tough it was. We always had food and were clothed well. Mom took care of the purse strings and had the home paid off in a very short amount of time. I remember going to the Belpark Theater to see a movie and help mom acquire her dinner ware. The theatre gave one piece of dinner ware to each paying patron With all us kids it didn't take long to have a complete set. When the three oldest boys lost Walter in one of the parks (he was found eventually), our punishment was to clean house every Saturday, we thought for the rest of our lives. Mom was very creative in furnishing our home, among many things she did was take old automobile seats and put beautiful seat covers on them and use them as living room furniture. I remember one particular Christmas when we had eight small Christmas trees in the living room across the five front windows, with all blue lights. Mon created a mountain of cotton in front of the trees (which were on tables] to the floor a village of houses, trees and little people placed on the mountain with a road of cinnamon to each house. We thought that it was the most spectacular thing we had ever seen. Mom always celebrated events in our lives with great fanfare. Decorating the house or the dining room table for Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, Wedding, etc. It was always a family and friends celebration and there were many through the years. Mom and dad moved to Lake in the Hills in 1955 and lived in beautiful home that she and dad with some help from the boys built at 355 Hiawatha Dr. The beautification of the yard was mom's special talent, she had that yard in bloom almost throughout the entire year. She was so proud of her home. We all have so many fond memories of that home and the one on Eddy St. Mom and Dad were very family oriented and were concerned about well being of their children and their children's, children. Mom was involved in her church and community. She taught a few years at St. Margaret Mary Grade School and was an organizer in the church as well as in the community. She is still fondly remembered by some of her students and the many friends she had made throughout her wonderful and blessed life. Mom had a stroke in 1982 and was taken care of by the family, especially dad, Vivian and Mary. At her funeral, the church was still filled with the flowers of Easter, I think that she would have enjoyed that. That was a very hard time in the family but we know that she is in heaven with the Lord and waiting for the rest of us to join her and celebrate family again. We love you Mom and miss you!
More About Emma Josephine WESTERMEYER: Burial: March 28, 1986, West Dundee, Illinois, Kane County, River Valley Cemetery. Degree: Teaching. Education: 12 years & Teachers College. Nationality: German American. Nickname: Babe. Occupation: Teacher, Homemaker. Organizations: LITH Sqaws, Garden Club, Ladies Sodality. Religion: Roman Catholic. Social Security Number: 357-16-6198. Years Old: March 26, 1986, 82 years.
More About Emma Josephine WESTERMEYER and Cletus Slyvester NOCKELS: Marriage: February 03, 1925, Dyersville, Iowa, Dubuque County, St. Fransias Xavier.
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