Emma (Oma) Keisl Way, 83, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and dearest friend to all died peacefully in her sleep on October 6, 2018 in Crestwood, Kentucky.
Born in 1934, Emma grew up near Bavaria, Germany until she decided to cross the Atlantic to America as a young woman, where she knew no one and spoke only German. She worked in various occupations and taught herself to speak English by attending 4 movies every Saturday. She met the love of her life, Arthur Way, through her German girlfriend, Hilda (who was married to Arthur's brother), and it was love at first sight. She and Arthur married on August 26, 1962. In 1966 they moved from Rhode Island to Coshocton, Ohio where they raised their four children on “The Farm”. After losing her husband in 1993, Emma moved from Coshocton to Beavercreek and finally planted her traveling roots in Crestwood, Kentucky where she was an active member of Hospice, The Ronald McDonald House, her quilting club, and her Church.
Emma's real and abiding passions were her family and friends. She sought to instill in her children a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends, and the power of a smile.
Emma is survived by her four children, daughter Sarah (Ron) of Roscoe, IL, sons Fred (Trudy) of Wellsville, PA, Arthur (Stephanie) of Crestwood KY, and Dan (Jennifer) of Zanesville OH. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Emmy, Katie (Jordan), Arthur, Ryan, Ella, Dan Jr, and John; as well as 6 great grandchildren, Atleigh, Brooklyn, Alyssa, Easton, Isabella, and Scarlett. She is also survived by 3 very dear sisters, Hermine, Maria, and Martha – all of Ebersburg, Germany.
Calling hours will be at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home, 186 Park Avenue, Coshocton, Ohio on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 am. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Reverend John Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow at Plainfield Cemetery.
Donations can be made in her memory to Crestwood Christian Church, 6525 W State Hwy 22, Crestwood, KY 40014 as it was her wish to contribute to the renovations of the church's out building or flowers may be sent to Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home, 186 Park Avenue, Coshocton, OH 43812.
The family asks that you spend a little extra time with your loved ones and make a toast to enduring friendships, lifelong and beyond. That is what Emma would want...
An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.