Emma Ferguson -- Chatfield

CHATFIELD -- The funeral for Emma Ferguson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Interment will be in Sumner Center Cemetery in rural Chatfield.

Mrs. Ferguson, 83, of Wisconsin, formerly a longtime resident of Chatfield, died Tuesday (July 12, 2005) at Franciscan Skemp Health Care in La Crosse, Wis., where she had been for five days.

Emma Kurz was born April 23, 1922, in San Salvador, El Salvador, and lived there for four years, then moved to San Francisco, Calif., where, in 1940, she graduated from The Immaculate Conception Academy. On April 8, 1943, she married John Ferguson in Medford, Ore., and they moved to Chatfield in 1945, where they lived until 1998. She was a homemaker; an instructor in ballet and tap dance in Rochester, Albert Lea, Stewartville, St. Charles, Winona and Chatfield for more than 30 years; provided respite care; and worked for REM in Rochester. She then lived in Sparta, Wis., for six years, and at the Hearten House in Holmen, Wis., for almost two years.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Robert G. (Barbara) of Winona, Louis B. (Wanda) of Mindoro, Wis., and John B. of Chatfield; one daughter, Shalimar (Leonard) Schaitel of Sparta, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandsons and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.

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