Emma Maier Koenig, 86 of Winnett, Mont., was unexpectedly called to her maker after enjoying a root beer float at the home of her daughter on March 16, 2013. On November 16, 1926, the world’s best cook was born in Kulm, N.D., to Fred K. and Magdalena (Schock) Maier. Emma had three older brothers: Harold and the twins Reuben “Pete”, and Walter. When Emma was two years old, the family moved to a small homestead near Brockway, Mont. She attended schools in Brockway and Circle and never quite developed a taste for goose lard sandwiches.
In 1951 Emma married Edwin Frederick Koenig. They began to raise a family, which would eventually become 10 children, at their farm/ranch in Marsh, Mont. In the winter of 1959, the family moved southeast of Sidney and ranched for 10 years there. Mom cooked, cleaned and worked various part-time jobs to supplement the ranch income, and all this while hauling drinking water for the family 20 miles roundtrip. In 1969 the family moved to Billings where Mom cooked at the Yellowstone Country Club and cleaned houses for many people with her close friend, the late Helen Avens. In 1987, they moved to a ranch northeast of Winnett, Mont., where she continued her loving care to her family. Ed preceded her in death in 1992.
She loved her grandkids, playing the nickel machines, and the continuing saga of “Days of Our Lives”. Her passion was cooking and baking and she loved a clean house. No one could hold a candle to her baking or housekeeping. Mom was generous with all. Everyone was welcome at her table, no exceptions. Her expertise in the kitchen was only surpassed by her love of humor and fondness for a good laugh. Another lifetime passion of Mom’s was dancing the polka with Dad; both were expert dancers, polkas and waltzes were favorites. At the Winnett ranch, when Mom was tired of chasing the cows out of the yard and overseeing the calving of the heifers, she would call her daughter Betty and they would head to Deadwood for relaxation. Mom relished her time there, and had her winning picture taken there often.
Emma was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years; two daughters, Jeanne and Judy; and great-grandson, Noah Daniel.
She is survived by her children: Verlin (Diana), Betty (Gus) Neumiller, Bill, Arley, Francis, Richard, Kim (Kim), Orrin (Mary), and Robin Mutchler, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Special thanks to Mom’s friends: Cyndi Moore, Dick Raths DVM, LuAnn Knutson, Andy Klein, and Uncle William Morrelle.
Graveside service is planned for 11am on Friday April 5, 2013 at the Winnett Cemetery with lunch afterwards at the Petroleum County Courthouse. The Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
In Lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make memorials to the Petroleum County Volunteer Fire Department,
(108 Broadway Avenue South, Winnett MT 59087-0038) or they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com
Published April 3, 2013