Emma Theresa Lubben was born Feb. 18, 1914, in Lahoma, Okla., the daughter of Martin and Gretje (Eilerts) Frerichs. She was baptized on March 15, 1914 in Oklahoma. When she was three years old, her family moved to Howard, S.D. At age five, they relocated to the Struble, Iowa area.
Emma was confirmed on April 1, 1928 at Christ Lutheran Church, rural Le Mars. She attended country school through the eighth grade.
On Sept. 30, 1937, Emma and Albert G. Lubben were united in marriage at her parents' home. They were blessed with four children, Dennis, Ronald, Betty and Gerald.
Prior to their marriage, Emma worked as a "hired girl" at several different places doing housecleaning and caring for others' children.
During their marriage, the couple farmed near Craig.
At Christ Lutheran, Emma served on the flower committee, and helped with quilting, lunches and dinners. She enjoyed reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, baking and gardening.
One of the highlights of Emma's life was a trip to Germany to visit her relatives. She loved and enjoyed all of her family. Her great-grandchildren called her the cookie grandma.
Following her husband's death in 1970, Emma moved to Le Mars. She spent the past three years at Plymouth Manor Care Center.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son and his wife, Dennis and Linda Lubben, and daughter and husband Betty and Oral Van Sickle, both of Le Mars, a son and his wife, Gerald and Judy Lubben, of Remsen; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Doering of Beverly Hills, Calif., Kevin and Lia Van Sickle of Le Mars, Julie and Doug Bundy of Akron, Kelli and Ken Tucker of Harrisburg, S.D., Gerrie Lynn Lubben and Brandon Carpenter of Rockwell, Lori and Roger Neyens of Le Mars, and Krystal and Aaron Spangler of Aurora, Colo.; eight great-grandchildren, Brady Detloff, Brandon and Ashley Neyens, Quinn and Autumn Bundy, Christian and Nicholas Tucker and Jaxson Spangler; four step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert in 1970; a son, Ronald in 1968; a brother, John Frerichs; and a sister, Margaret Renken.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Christ Lutheran Church, rural Le Mars. The Rev. Ben Worley will officiate. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Roger Neyens, Doug Bundy, Ken Tucker, Kevin Van Sickle, Brandon Carpenter and Bob Anderson.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.