Emma Willey

Emma Willey

Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother
Emma (Jean) Jean Willey, age 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 8, 2014.
Jean was born December 20, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa, to James and Christina Smith. Jean attended Dry Branch School and was a graduate of Burlington Senior High School. On August 12, 1950 she married Robert A. Schneider (Bob) of Burlington, IA.
Bob and Jean raised their six children in Burlington until 1969 when they relocated the family to Coon Rapids, Minnesota, where Bob worked as Tool and Die Maker and Jean worked as an LPN.
A few years after the untimely death of her first husband, Jean met Robert D. Willey while working for Sperry Unisys. Jean and Bob married on July 13, 1985. Jean and Bob enjoyed their early married years living in Germany, where Bob worked as a Contract Engineer and Jean enjoyed cooking, traveling and volunteering at the Red Cross.
In recent years, to remain active and because she loved to work and be around people, Jean took a job as a Walmart greeter. In her spare time she was often found quilting or in one of her many pristine gardens. Jean devoted her life to her family and most enjoyed celebrating milestones and events with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jean is survived by her loving husband Robert Willey; her five sons, Robert (Gina) Schneider, Joseph (Sandra) Schneider, Charles (Regina) Schneider, David (Stephanie) Schneider and Richard (Kristin) Schneider; her eleven grandchildren, Torrie Schneider, Joseph (Melina) Schneider, Jennifer Schneider, Andrew (Kacee) Schneider, Robert (Amy) Schneider, Richard Schneider, Joshua Schneider, Melissa Schneider, Jake Schneider, Isaac Schneider and Zeke Schneider and her five great-grandchildren.
Jean is preceded in death by her first husband, Robert A. Schneider; her daughter, Linda (Schneider) Holland; her parents and her six siblings.
Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Epiphany, 11001 Hanson Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids, MN. Visitation Sunday, July 13, 2014, 4-8 p.m. at Dares Funeral Home, 805 Main Street NW, Elk River, MN, 763-441-1212, and one hour before Mass at the Church. Interment at Epiphany Parish Cemetery following Mass.

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