Virginia Emrich

Obituary of Virginia J. Emrich

HERKIMER – Virginia J. Emrich, age 87, of Sherwood Acres Dr., Herkimer, NY, was reunited with her husband, Gene, the love of her life, on Saturday, January 1, 2022, from the comfort of her home with her loving family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Virginia was born on November 11, 1934, in Gloversville, NY, the daughter of Leon and Frances (Buchinski) Hryniak and graduated in 1952 from Gloversville High School. On July 30, 1955, she was married to Eugene “Gene” Emrich, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, in Gloversville and shared a devoted union of sugar kisses and bear hugs for 58 years, until Gene’s passing in 2013. Virginia began her working career at J.C. Bleyel, Gloversville, in 1952, where she was viewed as a very hard worker with exceptional organizational skills, which are traits she brought to all her endeavors. She also held positions at Univac and Mohawk Data Sciences (MDS). For 25 years prior to retirement, she worked as a highly respected and appreciated secretary for Special Education, at Herkimer County BOCES. While at BOCES, she obtained her real estate license and practiced for many years. Virginia enjoyed working and made many special friends along the way, including Marie Scialdone. She was a devoted member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Mohawk. Surviving family members include her 5 daughters and 1 son: Cheryl Bisignani, of Mohawk, Linda Flandera, of Clinton, Marcia Emrich, of Frankfort, Jackie Unsinn and her husband, Don, of Frankfort, Jennifer Figueroa and her husband, Ralph, of Utica and Steve Emrich, of Mohawk. She is also survived by her beloved and cherished grandchildren: Bridget (Dino) Pagnoni, of Largo, FL, Brianna Unsinn (fiancé Bob Douglas), of Richfield, Alyssa Unsinn, of Ilion, Anthony (Jason) Figueroa, of Bronx and Lauren (Travis) Chaluisant, of Holbrook. She was blessed with great-grandchildren: Olivia Struck, of Holbrook, Michael Kimble, of Norco, LA, Nicholas Cushing, of Largo, FL and was looking forward to greeting a great-grandson, of Holbrook, in the coming weeks. She also will be dearly missed by sisters: Pauline Harbour, of Johnstown and Barbara (Bill) Buczek, of Morrisville, VT; her brother-in-law, Don Emrich, of Herkimer; and her many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will forever be in the hearts of her many friends, especially Joyce Earl and Rosemary Kane. Virginia was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her grandson, Jason Willoughby; her brother, Peter Hryniak; and in-laws, Norman Emrich, Irene (Toot) MacDougall, Marie (Midge) Murphy and Jim Emrich. Virginia fulfilled her love of socializing through participation in many clubs and organizations. She was a member of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild, formerly Embroiders Guild of America, through which the family has been bestowed many cherished works of art. For many years, she was a member and/or chairperson for the Hill 'n Dalers Chapter of Home Bureau and Herkimer County Home Bureau. Virginia was of strong Christian faith and believed in sharing her love, time and energy. She volunteered at Blessed Sacrament Church, the Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels, among others. She also enjoyed painting, sewing, crafting and stitching, which she lovingly shared and taught. She loved attending concerts and musical productions and was always in awe of the talent and imagination of those performing. Her love of cooking and baking provided the family with fabulous meals, with her often delivering “take-out”. Most of all, Virginia loved spending time with family and friends at camp, her happy place, in Piseco. Morning walks with "the girls" were a routine she enjoyed as recently as this past fall and she never missed a chance to dance at parties held by beloved neighbors. Her family will miss hiking, picnicking, boating and many other camp activities with her. She felt closer to her Gene at camp and couldn't wait for the season to start each year, though she often went to camp even in the winter to cross country ski, one of her favorite activities. A special thanks to Beth and Paul Gagnon for their caring assistance whenever needed. Virginia taught her family that life was about experiences and memories and, to achieve those, you have to plan and work for them. Packing for camping trips for a family of six children, herself and, let’s face it – Gene, couldn't have been easy, but she made it seem so. So many memories, including Peter's Pond Park, Gilbert Lake, Uncle Jim's camp, the Polka Dot camp, as well as a trip to Disney in a station wagon pulling a pop-up camper, with one child in an arm cast. Countless fun and educational trips were made, including Washington DC and Cornell Glass Works. Virginia continued to bestow her love of life with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, providing them with many beautiful memories as well. The family would like to thank our Hospice guides Ann and Angela, without whom we could not have kept Mom home. Your kindness and gentle touch will be forever in our hearts. She asked that Dr. Hsin Kwung Li be recognized for his professionalism, candor and compassion and greatly appreciated the support of his staff. Although the family would love nothing more than to mourn the loss of our dear Mother with all of you and to provide you with the opportunity to grieve your loss, we have made the very difficult decision to hold full services in conjunction with her burial, in the spring. With the recent surge in COVID and its current personal impact on one of her daughters, we feel this is best for the well-being of all her loved ones. We will keep you posted on arrangements. At that time, in lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 110 Lomond Ct., Utica, NY 13502, or Hospice & Palliative Care of Oneida, Herkimer and Eastern Madison Counties, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Virginia or add to her online memorial may go to Virginia’s service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her friend, Don Applegate, Funeral Director, assisted by her friend, Judy Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Homes, of Ilion, NY (315-895-7722).
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