Mary Charlotte Moertl Emerich January 5, 1928 - October 1, 2012 Gales Ferry - Mary Charlotte Moertl Emerich age 84 of Laurel Leaf Dr., Gales Ferry passed away on Monday, October 1, 2012 at her residence. Mary was born January 5, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH and grew up at St Aloysius' Children's Orphanage where she would meet her eventual husband and father of her three children, Wilbur. She worked as a secretary and administrative assistant for many years with several Cincinnati area manufacturing companies. She married her husband Wilbur in October, 1960 and subsequently lived in Chicago, Groton, CT, Key West, FL, Portsmouth, NH and Norwich, CT following his Navy career, before settling in Gales Ferry in 1971. In later years, she ran a daycare business from her home. She was a mother of four children and grandmother of eight. She enjoyed her grandchildren, entertaining with family and friends, Golden Pizza, her regular monthly "Nocturne" social events with friends, the Cincinnati Reds, the Ledyard Colonels, the UCONN Lady Huskies and helping to organize community and church events. She was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for many years, serving on the Ladies Guild and various church, festival and bazaar committees. She was a long time member of the Ledyard Boosters Club, as well as the St. Aloysius Auxiliary and the Gales Ferry Cemetery Association. Caring but firm and always recognizing the value of those around her, she never failed to bring the best out of people. She liked a good joke, a big laugh, Halloween, April Fool's Day, neighbors, good company and Budweiser from a can. She was predeceased by her husband Wilbur in 1998. She is survived by her son, Stephen Emerich and Christie Woodhall of Groton, daughters Charlene Emerich Heist of Groton, Heidi Hecker and her husband Dale of Merrick, NY, son Eric Emerich of Topsail Beach, NC and grandchildren Shane, Heather, Ally, Austin, Katie, Amaris, Aaron and Rachel as well as Annie Emerich and many close friends throughout southeastern Ct and across the nation. She was predeceased by her brothers, Robert and James Moertl and her sister Evelyn Moertl. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday morning at 10:30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1650 Route 12, Gales Ferry. Interment will be in Gales Ferry Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at Our Lady of Lourdes. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be directed to the Gales Ferry Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 144, Gales Ferry, CT. 06335. Please visit www.byles.com
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