Emily Jobe, age 89, of Cambridge, MN, and a longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 5, 2013, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, with her family at her side. Emily was born near East Grand Forks, MN on February 10, 1923, and was one of eight children of the union of William and Mathilda (Kopecky) Kluzak. She grew up on the family farm and attended nearby country school. Emily was united in marriage to William T. Welsh on April 21, 1945 in East Grand Forks. The couple lived in East Grand Forks, where their daughter, Janet, and son, Thomas, were born. In 1955 they moved to Crookston, where Emily was employed at Jiffy Fry and later for Riverview Hospital. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and served the church as a Deacon while also teaching Sunday school for many years.
On September 16, 1972 Emily married Eldo Jobe in Burnsville, MN. After their marriage, Emily and Eldo made their home in Crookston, and she worked as a library assistant for the Lake Agassiz Regional Library-Crookston until retiring in 1996. In semi-retirement Emily became a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and kept busy volunteering her time and talents for the Library, the RiverView Nursing Home, and the Polk County Museum. She and Eldo were members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Emily also held membership in the VFW Auxiliary. Sadly, Eldo passed away on June 29, 2008. Emily had recently moved to Cambridge to be near her son, Tom, and his wife, Jan, and was making her home at Grace Point Crossing. She will be dearly missed.
Emily is survived by her son, Thomas (Jan) Welsh of Isanti, MN; a grandson, Scott (Kim) Welsh and 2 great-grandsons, Trevor and Landon, all of Coon Rapids, MN; grandson, James (Sarah) Nankivell of Rosemount, MN; son-in-law, Jay (Barb) Nankivell of Houston, TX; brother, John Kluzak of Hisperia, CA, and several special nephews and nieces. In addition to her husband, Eldo, Emily was preceeded in death by her beloved daughter, Janet Nankivell; parents,William and Mathilda Kluzak; 2 sisters, Sylvia Filipi and Agnes Dvorak; and 4 brothers, William, Edward, Paul and Walter Kluzak. May God richly bless Emily's memory.
The funeral service for Emily Jobe will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Stenshoel- Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.