Emilia 'Emily' Johanna Brossart, the daughter of Balthasar and Margaret (Baumgartner) Welk was born in the home of her parents in Orrin on Aug. 4, 1924. She died at the age of 89 on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.
Emily was raised in the home of her parents and attended grade school in Sandale Township and completed her education at Rugby High School. While attending high school, she worked for room and board at Dr. Kuhn's office and home. Following high school, she worked at the J.C. Penney store in Devils Lake and later at the Dime Store in Rugby. Emily was united in marriage to Paul G. Brossart on June 9, 1947, at St. Theresa's Little Flower Church in Rugby. They made their home six miles northeast of Rugby until 1956. In 1956, they purchased a farm 1 1/2 miles northeast of Rugby where they resided, farmed and raised their family. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and homemaker, Emily also worked outside the home for C & G Incorporated as a bookkeeper and salesperson for 13 years, at Little Flower Parish office for 1 1/2 years, and with her sister Barbara, she managed the Cornerstone Cafe for a time. Later in life, she studied to become a certified CNA and worked at the Good Samaritan Hospital, where she loved taking care of others. She always had so much compassion when caring for others. Her favorite part of this job was working in the nursery and caring for the babies. Her pleasures were helping Paul with the farm, gardening, baking, cooking, embroidering and crocheting; and she loved her house. Emily was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and the Ever Helpful Homemakers Club. In June 2005, the couple moved to the Haaland Manor Apartments in Rugby. Paul died Nov. 4, 2005.
Emily is survived by: her children, Vernon, of Williston, Paulette (Dan) McMenamy, of Grand Forks, Greg (Jodi) Brossart and Mary Jean (Neil) Lotvedt, all of Rugby, and Cindy Brossart (Keith Larson) of Milwaukee, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Pauline (Mike) Mitzel, of Granville; sister-in-laws, Antonia (Joe) Brossart, Frances (Wendy) Sattler, Barbara (Frank) Voeller, Rose (Nick) Axtman and Lizzie (Lynn) Carlson; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her husband; grandsons, Clifton and James Brossart; brothers, Mike, August and Anton; sisters, Katherine Thomas, Frances Weigel, Margaret Scheet, Barbara Koble, Elizabeth Mitzel, Mary Mitzel, Antonia Filler, Johanna and Margeret in infancy; and her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: will be held Monday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the church cemetery, Rugby. Father Tom Graner, celebrant.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and will continue on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. There will be no reviewal at the church.
Rosary and vigil prayers will begin Sunday at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).