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Emma May Lischke
October 07, 1925 - July 12, 2012
In Loving Memory
Our beloved Emma passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 86 due to natural causes. Born October 7, 1925,in Hysham, Montana, she was the third of five children born to Edwin J. Kolb and Leah Cochran Kolb. At age two, her family moved to Arcadia, California.
It was there Emma began school. In 1933, during the height of the depression, the family moved to Issaquah, Washington. There Emma and her brothers and sister attended Coalfield grade school. In 1943, she graduated from Issaquah High School. Emma worked at various jobs in Renton, getting rides to work because of gas rationing during WWII. Her jobs included work in a dime store, jewelry store, drug store and a grocery store. In 1945, the family moved to the Skagit Valley. At that time, Emma was diagnosed with TB and placed in Riverton Sanitarium in Seattle. In 1952, after years of bed rest, she was released from Riverton with a clean bill of health.
Shortly after her release, she met her husband and love of her life, Carl "Bud" Lischke, Jr. They married September 17, 1954, in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. With Bud's sweet son David in their life, their new family was complete.
Emma and Bud found great joy in rock hounding. They spent much of their free time and summer vacations looking for the elusive gemstone. Montana trips for sapphires were a favorite. Emma's full time job, for 14 years, was a rock shop they opened in Seattle called "Gemcraft Specialties". There she learned to facet gemstones beautifully. They sold gemstones, beads, lapidary equipment, tools and other related materials to local rock hounds and hobbyists.
She loved teaching people and THE ADVICE WAS FREE. Both were members of the Washington State Mineral Council. Many of the crystals and minerals in their impressive collection were later donated and are displayed at the University of Washington's Burke Museum.
Emma loved knitting. Over the course of her life, she knit hats for everyone and found great service in donating hundreds of them to the Union Gospel Mission and the Veterans Hospital among others. She also enjoyed writing poetry. A favorite was titled "OUR GOOD EARTH" highlighting her love and wonder of minerals and gemstones.
She loved spending time with her family and they brought her great joy.
Beyond all else, Emma loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And, she worked diligently throughout her life to serve God and bring others to Christ. He had preserved her beyond all expectation in this life and she never doubted it. She truly was an inspiration for all who knew her.
Emma is survived by her stepson, David Lischke and wife Laurie of Lynnwood, Washington; grandchildren Jason Lischke and wife Shelly of Seattle, and Rachel Loyd of San Francisco, California; great grandchildren Elsabet, Corban, Riddick and Violet Lischke; brother Gerald Kolb of Ryderwood, Washington; sister Velma Walker and husband, Sam of Sedro-Woolley, Washington; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Lischke, Jr. and brothers Earl D. Kolb and John E. Kolb.
Also, a special thank you to Richard Olson of Bothell for his continued unfailing love and support.
Services to be held Monday, July 23rd, at 2:00pm at Evergreen-Washelli in
Seattle. Viewing on Sunday 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Visitation: Map to Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, Seattle