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Emily Groszos Ooms

Apr 13, 1952 - Aug 18, 2021 (Age 69)

Los Angeles, California

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I met Emily during their trip to Belgium. Form many years Emily was the youngest in the fam. Ooms...until i join the family.
Emily, you were such a warm personality! You had a deep psychological insight. You were empathetic and always concerned, you gave a lot of love!
Despite the fact Emily did not speak Ned. (except a few words: 'ballekes',...), she understood very much by reading the body language of us. She understood the art of observing and evaluating someone. In spite our...

Emily and Herman dancing at my wedding (Coupeville, WA, 2016)

I first met Emily in 2010 when I was a first-year graduate student at UCLA and Herman invited his Tokugawa social and intellectual history class to his house at the end of the term. I was so nervous about going to my intimidating :) professor’s house, but Emily immediately put me at ease with her warmth and openness – no academic stuffiness about her! In the years since, I had the privilege of getting to know Emily well as she and Herman generously opened their home to me on numerous...

Dear Godmother Emily,
I always felt a bit special because yes...I did have an American godmother. As long as Mimi was alive, you came to Belgium every 2 years to visit us. As a child, these were visits I looked forward to every time Usually you also stayed with us. These are memories I will always cherish. As teenagers we finally visited your home front. this was an unforgettable journey. Years later, when I had 3 daughters with Hans, you continued to show a lot of interest in me and my...

My love to Herman and Emily's children at this time, as they remember with fondness and I am sure great joy everything that Emily was and will always be. I was a student of Herman's at UCLA, and had the pleasure of meeting Emily on occasions when the two of them would invite small groups of us to their home. She was always warm, charming, and inviting to all of us, and made us feel welcome. I read and loved her book on Deguchi Nao, which made me feel connected with her through our interest in...

Oh dear Emily- you taught me what it means to plan, thoughtfully think through a problem and pay attention to the students we were teaching. You were an outstanding mentor, a gifted educator and a truly kind soul. The world is brighter because of who you were to all you touched. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to learn from you in the classroom as co-teachers for two years. Love and peace to your family.

Our condolences to the family of Emily. Thank you for including our charity. We will continue the fight against MSA everyday in her honor and memory.

Philip M Fortier
Director, Defeat MSA Alliance

Though I have not seen her recently, I will always remember Emily as a bright, and energetic woman. I have many memories of her as I was growing up in Colina Glen and of a summer trip in Japan. I will also cherish her advice when I started navigating the teaching world. My loving prayers to Renata, Jonathan and Herman.

It was such a privilege to call Emily my friend. She was always ready to plan an adventure, discuss family issues or politics, be supportive, and always to laugh. Her giggles were contagious and made everything more fun. I will miss her and her good heart so much. But what a legacy she has left of love, friendship, and inspiration of how to live a full meaningful life.

I had the honor of knowing Emily when our boys were in school together and beyond. She was the most genuine, loving and kind friend. Whenever we got together I felt a warm, honest connection with her which was very special to me. Emily was always able to make the people around her feel important and loved. I will miss her. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.


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