Emma Kuehnle

Obituary of Emma Kuehnle

Emma Louise Brewer Kuehnle, age 81 passed away on May 20th, 2018. She was born on June 13, 1936 to the late Floyd and Julia (Reed) Brewer.


Emma spent most of her childhood in Painted Post and Coopers Plains, New York where she was raised by her Uncle Leonard and Aunt Susie (Reed) Lencicki after the sudden death of her mother in 1945.


She is a graduate of Painted Post High School class of 1955. Emma enjoyed Volleyball and Art classes, she especially enjoyed helping Mr. Phelps one of her favorite Art teachers! Emma also enjoyed spending time with the “Coopers Plains Girls,” bike riding up Meads Creek Road and swimming in the “hole.”


 After graduation she started working for Corning Glass Works in the “Order Entry” of the Consumer Products Division and finished her Career in “Accounts Payable.” She retired in 1992. Retirement did not slow her down! Emma started a craft business “Buttons ‘n Things,” often had Rummage Sales, and spent time at the Flea Market. However, her most precious time after retirement was spent with her grandsons and great-grandsons! She was especially proud of receiving her 50-year pin in 2005 from Corning Inc. Her oldest grandson, Joshua, had the honor of taking her. Emma was an avid reader and she loved to crochet afghans and doilies, as well as work in her vegetable and flower gardens. She also loved watching westerns, her favorite being “El Dorado,” that she watched until the end of her life. Emma was a selfless, caring individual who always put others first.


The 1972 Flood was not only a change in the community, it was a change in Emma’s life. Emma lost her home but gained a loving relationship with the Gang Mills Fire Chief John “Jack” Charles Kuehnle that led to a marriage on August 10th, 1974 and ended in November of 1977 when he died very unexpectedly.


Emma is survived by her three children: Timothy (Jamie) Calton of San Diego, California, Todd Calton, and Tracie (Robert) Drew of Corning, New York; grandchildren, Joshua (Brittney) Drew of Horseheads, New York, Johnathon Calton of San Diego, California, Gerald Calton of Hammondsport, New York, and Jacob and Jared Drew of Corning, New York; great-grandchildren Chase and Cael Drew of Horseheads, New York. Emma is also survived by her sister Sylvia Brewer Fink of Beaver Dams, New York and an aunt Edith Reed Morris of Addison, Nieces: Julia Yelle, Karen Cummings; Nephew: Charles Fink; several cousins, and very special neighbors Kelly, John, Joe and Ashley Winters and Pam O’Rourke Walker.


As per the wishes of Emma, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family in the Coopers Plains Cemetery.


Memorial donations may be made to the Southeast Steuben County Library, Care First, or to a donation of one’s choice in her honor.



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