Hebron, New York – Emma A. Ely (Sutherland), 101, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and close friends at her home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
She was born in Shushan, New York, on Dec. 9, 1920. She was the daughter of the late George A. and Julia Barbara Sutherland and the wife of the late Delbert A. Ely.
Emma was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1938. After her marriage to Delbert, she moved to Hebron and was a farm wife for the remainder of her life.
Emma joined the Hebron United Presbyterian Church on Oct. 5, 1954, serving as a trustee for two 3-year terms during her membership. She also was active in the Washington County Republican Women’s Club and the North Hebron Book Club. She enjoyed entertaining, dining at local restaurants and visiting with neighbors. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren.
Emma is survived by her children Renee Biondi of Secane, Pennsylvania, and Susan Menei of Delaware City, Delaware; a sister Phyllis Miller of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren Dominic (Stephanie) Menei of Townsend, Delaware, Michelle (Kemal) Biondi-Birtek of Alburtis, Pennsylvania, Samuel (Sara) Menei of Middletown, Delaware, and Julia (Christopher) Shultz of Harrington, Delaware; seven great-grandchildren Cadence and Tessie Menei, Aden, Abraham and Sidra Birtek, Madeleine Menei and Emma Shultz, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister Vivian Woodworth, two sons-in-law Francis Biondi and Nicholas Menei, as well as her brother-in-law Manning Miller.
The family would like to especially thank everyone who cared for and supported Emma during her final years in her home and Holbrook Adult Home.
A funeral service will be held at Hebron United Presbyterian Church, 3153 County Route 30, Salem, New York, on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. with a calling hour beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Woodlands Cemetery in Cambridge, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hebron United Presbyterian Church.
To offer condolences to the family, please visit gariepyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are with the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc. in Salem.