Emily Ilene (Carpenter) Kohler, 79, of Motley, passed away unexpectedly in her home on September 24, 2020.
At this time, no services will be held. The family asks that in remembrance, you recall how Emily has blessed and influenced each of your lives with her compassion. Memorial donations in honor of Emily may be made at donor’s choice.
Interment will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples.
Emily was born September 5, 1941, to the late William L. and Opal E. (Monk) Carpenter in Mahnomen. Emily grew up and attended high school in Golden Hill and Coffman High School in Rochester.
Following graduation, Emily was engaged to Larry Jones from Rochester, the father of Vickie. Larry passed away in 1959, after battling kidney disease.
Emily married Larry Kohler on Sept. 29, 1962 in Austin. During their 33 years of marriage, they moved to several locations, within three different states; (MN, ND and MT). In 1991, Larry, Emily and their son, Todd purchased a family style resort on Big Pelican Lake, south of Detroit Lakes. Emily was a natural resort co-owner with her outgoing nature and overall enjoyment of providing guests with a welcoming atmosphere. After Emily and Larry separated she lived in Colorado near her daughter and grandchildren, whom she enjoyed spending time with. Shortly thereafter, Emily relocated to Motley near her parents, brother and son.
Throughout her working career, Emily was an integral part of restaurant management, resort co-owner, nurses aid at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, a licensed Notary of Public and licensed insurance agent in Staples. After retirement, Emily enjoyed the warmer winters in Arizona with the company of her partner Norman Kuhn. Emily was known for her cooking and bringing people together to share a meal.
She enjoyed walking in nature, gardening and fishing outings with her son. She also made many trips to Colorado to visit her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law, Dick Ferguson and sister-in-law, Gloria Carpenter. She would spend a month or two enjoying the family along with the beautiful weather in Colorado.
Emily was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Staples
She is survived by one daughter, Vickie (George) Babinski of South Carolina; one son, Todd (Jeanie) Kohler of Detroit Lakes; partner, Norman Kuhn, Motley; four grandchildren, Kari Dameron (James Finch), Thomas (Karine)Dameron, Karla Dameron, Tracie (Grant) Herring, all of Colorado; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leslie Carpenter and Stacy Carpenter; two sisters, Ruby Ferguson and Rita VonFeldt and one infant nephew, Tony Carpenter.
Emily enjoyed life and everyone around her. She will be remembered fondly for her love of family, friends and the willingness to always assist those in need. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Blessed be her memory until we meet again.
Arrangements are by the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.