Marie Olga Emerson
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Passed away at home December 26, 2012 in Rancho Palos Verdes. She was born November 7, 1927 in San Pedro. Marie was the proud daughter of immigrant parents Joseph and Milda Mardesich, and was a lifetime resident of the harbor area. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Occidental College, and later received a Master's Degree from USC. Marie was an elementary school teacher for 42 years. While teaching at Leland Street School, Marie met her future husband Arthur. She finished the last 30 years of her teaching career at Crestwood Street School. "Mrs. Emerson" truly loved teaching and working with the children of San Pedro. She enjoyed spending summers with her family on Catalina Island. Marie was full of energy and always on the go. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Eugene Emerson and daughter, Kelly Anne. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Saldana; sons, Brian (Mary) and Mitchell Emerson; and grandchildren, Genevieve, Henry, Mary Kate and Caroline. A rosary service will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 9:30 a.m. with a funeral mass following at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Avalon Memorial Cemetery. Donations may be made in Marie's name to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2100 S. Western Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com and dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013