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Emily S. Dodge

July 23, 2016

Emily S. Dodge, 97, formerly of Rossville and Delia passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Presbyterian Manor in Topeka.

She was born April 15, 1919 in a small log cabin south of Delia the daughter of Ignac and Veronica Hejtmanek Horak.  She graduated from Goldenrod Country School and from Delia High School in 1937.

Emily worked in Topeka for a few years and in 1959 started working at the Delia Post Office, after 20 years of service she retired in 1979.  She and her husband Leonard farmed in the Delia community.  She helped raise hogs and cattle and raised a garden.

They lived in the Delia community from 1946 until their farm sale in June 2004 when they moved to Rossville.  They later moved to Topeka.  She was a member of the Delia Presbyterian Church.  Emily graduated from the Menninger Bible Course many years ago.  One of the highlights of her life was when she and Leonard along with some of her siblings and their spouses took an 18 day trip to Czechoslovakia to visit relatives and to see the homeland.

On September 1, 1940 she was united in marriage to Leonard Dodge in Topeka.  He preceded her in death on February 11, 2011.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and two grandsons.

Survivors include her son, Jim (Janet) Dodge, Rossville; her daughter, Joanne (Mike) Bruce, Huntsville, TX.; two sisters, Irene Collett, Washington and Esther Wehner Rossville; four grandchildren; David (Colleen) Dodge, Karen (Jerry) Manhart, Kevin Bruce and Stehphanie Bruce, great-grandchildren, Casey, Darrin and Danielle Dodge, Abbie and Chad Manhart, Maddison, Regan, Damian and Malcom Bruce and a great-great-grandson Adam Boudreau; many nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Interment will be in the Delia Cemetery.  Mrs. Dodge will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Delia Presbyterian Church, The Good Samaritan Fund at the Presbyterian Manor or Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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7 thoughts on “Emily S. Dodge

  1. My sincere sympathy to all of you at this sad time of Emilys passing. She was a lovely lady. She will be deeply missed. Charlotte Kling

  2. Steve and I were landlords to Leonard and Emily Dodge when they moved to Rossville in 2004. I can honestly say they were some of the nicest and finest people we ever met. It was a privilege knowing both of them. Our condolences to your family.

    Steve and Martha Cook

  3. Jim and your entire family have our sympathy. Loosing a parent is never easy. God bless your family.

  4. Jimmy, Janet & Family,
    We were so sorry to read of Emily’s passing. Such a beautiful lady inside & out! We have so many fond memories of her & Leonard – from school bus days, Avon, farming, cattle & in general just good life long friends. She will be missed, but now her & Leonard are reunited together. God Speed Emily & May You Both Rest In Peace……
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur, Jr. ~ Mick, Tami & Haylie Jo

  5. Was so sorry to hear about Aunt Emily. We won’t be able to be there for the services, but our love , thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. To the Dodge family,

    I was so saddened to read Emily’s obituary in the paper this morning. Emily and Leonard were an important part of my growing up as school bus drivers.

    Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rene DeBacker Bryant

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