Emma L. Loree, formerly of Arkport and Dansville

HORNELL/DANSVILLE-Emma L. Loree, 91, formerly of Arkport and Dansville, passed away peacefully Friday morning (September 27, 2019) at Elderwood of Hornell Nursing Facility where she had resided since October 2016.

Born in Wayland, NY on May 14, 1928, she was the daughter of the late George and Lida (Drum) Emo.  On May 12, 1951, she married Mark J. Loree.  They celebrated nearly 65 years of marriage before Mark’s passing on March 16, 2016.

Emma was a graduate of Wayland High School (class of 1946).  Prior to her marriage she worked at the Kodak Company in Rochester in the box department.  Emma was a farmwife and stay at home Mom.  Together she and Mark operated the Loree dairy and beef farm (Loree Homestead) in the North Almond Valley from 1951 until 2004. 

Along with raising their 6 children, she and Mark enjoyed square dancing and life on the farm.  Emma was known for her “green thumb”.  She could generally nurse any plant back to good health.  She loved gardening and sharing her vegetables and flower gardens.  She was also known for her homemade breads and homemade pickles.  Mostly she loved spending time with Mark, the children, grand and great grandchildren, neighbors and friends who stopped by.

As the children got older, Emma worked for 11 years at the Arkport Central School cafeteria.  She also worked several decades for the Almond Election Bureau on election days.  She was a member of the Arkport (Bishopville) Home Bureau which later became a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.  She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St Ann’s Church.  She was also a 20-plus year member of the St. James Hospital Auxiliary.

Emma  is survived by  4 daughters; Linda Loree-Findeis (Edith) of Clifton Springs, NY, Patricia (Thomas) McDonald of Wayland, NY, Erma (George) Kobosko of Melbourne, FL and Mary Loree of Bellefontaine, OH;  2 sons, Mark (Gina-Marie ) Loree of Wellington, FL, and Donald (Michelle) Loree of Surprise, AZ;  7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and twin great great-grandsons; brother-in-law Thomas Loree of Dansville; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, step-great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mark; sister Katheryn (Rodney) Zeh; sister in-law Mary (Bill) Patti; sister in-law Hazel Loree; and brother in-law Paul (Dee) Loree.

The family of Emma L. Loree will receive friends on Friday (October 11, 2019) from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Final interment will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Emmas’ family kindly request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to St Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843; or to Elderwood of Hornell (attn: Activities Dept), 1 Bethesda Dr., Hornell, NY 14843.

The Loree family wishes to thank the employees and volunteers of Elderwood for the care, compassion and love they provided Mom during her stay.  We would also like to thank the residents for their companionship and friendship with Mom. 

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