Emily McKenna, of Antigo, went to her eternal home Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Aspirus Langlade Hospital. She was 90 years old. She was born on October 9, 1930, in Antigo, a daughter of Walter and Rona (Grams) Goeman. She married Eugene McKenna on February 26, 1966, at St John Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2001.
She attended Peace Lutheran Grade School and was a graduate of Antigo High School in 1948.
She was employed at McClellan's dime store, Gunkel's Bakery in Antigo.
For 40 years, Emily was employed by General Telephone/Verizon in Wausau and Antigo as a customer service representative.
While Emily's husband Gene served as Mayor of Antigo (1977-1985) Emily enjoyed attending and hosting many social activities.
Although she did not have children of her own, Emily enjoyed and valued caring for and spending time with her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and other children whom she treated as her own.
She enjoyed following Antigo sports and was a member of the Red Robin Booster Club. She followed the sporting activities of her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling and was an avid fan of the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks.
She was a life-time member and was an active volunteer of Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo.
Survivors include three brothers, Dale (Sandy) Goeman, Antigo, Joe (Jerri) Goeman, Cuba City, Allen (Marilyn) Goeman, Grafton; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Ken Goeman; a sister-in-law Luella Goeman; father and mother-in-law Jack and Amelia McKenna and sister and brother-in-law Betty and Jim Jury.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 12 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. David Karolus officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund 300 Lincoln Street Antigo, WI 54409.
I had the privilege of taking care of Emily several times over the last couple years. She was genuine, giving, fun and loving. She asked about my day and my family whenever I saw her and never failed to make me smile. I will miss her very much. My prayers are with the family.
Emily was very active in the Elks Teens of the Month and Teens of the year programs, that her husband Gene had helped found. She was instrumental in carrying out the programs. We enjoyed her presence at the youth banquets. She will be greatly missed.
Brian Blink, Secretary Antigo Elks 662
Emily was a wonderful lady. I always enjoyed my visits with her and her smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, she will be missed by many!
Emily was a great friend and helper to our family. She watched out for Jeanette at the nursing home. She called me many times to keep me informed when Jeanette needed "chocolate stars". I loved visiting with her after we visited Jeanette, she told me her news and I told her ours. We will miss her greatly.
You will be missed❣️It was a privilege caring for you.You always made our day❤️ Sharon and Linda.
Terry and I had some fun times with Gene and Emily at the state football and basketball tournaments! A wonderful lady!
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