Emma Knoch (nee Goetz) was born in Marievka, Besserabia, Romania on November 15, 1935.
In 1939, the onset of WW II, her family was forced to flee their farm. They spent the next 6 years travelling between camps, dorms, and a three-year stay in Poland before reaching West Germany. In 1951 the family emigrated to Canada, settling in the Lethbridge area, working for sugar beet farmers.
Emma worked as live-in housekeeper/caregiver for a few families until she went to nursing school to become a registered nursing assistant and graduated in 1955. She married Frank Knoch May 12, 1962 and they had four children. They lived in Lethbridge and Calgary and settled in Cardston. Emma stayed home raising her children until they were all in school, then she returned to nursing, getting her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She spent the last years of her career at the Blood Indian Hospital in Cardston and retired in 2002.
Emma was known mostly for her strong faith in God, love of music, and her hard work ethic. Her singing brought joy to those who heard her. She was a Sunday school teacher who inspired all her students to follow Jesus. She passed into His Presence peacefully at home with one hand on the Bible on Friday, March 1, 2019.
She is predeceased by her parents, Johaness and Emilie Goetz, her brothers, Arnold and Jakob Goetz and her daughter, Meta Knoch.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Knoch, her daughter, Elnora (Pierre) Pittman, her sons David (Suzanne) Knoch and Edward (Erin) Knoch, her sister, Wally Kimmel, twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Friday, March 8, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, AB.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260-MCGILL BLVD. WEST, Lethbridge AB., Pastor Al Litchfield, officiating.