Emma Rita Karch

By on December 10, 2009

Emma Rita Karch, 90, of Virgil, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Virgil, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (then) Kirchmann. She was married to George W. Karch.

Emma was a lifelong resident of Kane County and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil. She was a graduate of West High School in Aurora. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and knitting. She made beautiful scarves, afghans and gloves for her family and people in need. She also loved to babysit for her grandchildren and friends in the community. She retired from Doan’s pill factory in Geneva after many years of service.

Emma is survived by two sons, George (Geri) Karch of Benton, Ken. and Jack (Pati) Karch of Manitowoc, Wis.; three grandchildren, Michelle Karch, Jack “J.B.” (Gretchyn) Karch and Todd (Aileen) Karch; six great-grandchildren, Madi, Cole, Katelyn Emma, Will, Alexandrea and Lea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and six sisters.

Her Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, with Fr. Perfecto Vasquez officiating.

Her visitation was Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at the church. A luncheon followed the Funeral Mass, and a graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. at the Virgil Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Emma Karch in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-2833.