Emma Filla

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Emma H. Filla, 97, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at the Lutheran Home.

She was born May 7, 1910, in Hooper, Neb., daughter of Walter and Marina Schaefer Trautwein. She and Maurice Filla were married in 1995 in Cape Girardeau. He survives of the Lutheran Home.

In 1945, she was inducted into the U.S. Army (WAC). She was stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and the Presidio, San Francisco. She was honorably discharged Oct. 14, 1946, as a staff sergeant.

Emma came to Missouri in 1918, moving to Washington, Mo., in 1926. She was a 1927 graduate of Washington High School in Washington. She worked for the former Union Electric, now AmerenUE, from 1927 until retiring as office manager in 1970.

Emma traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe, before settling in Cape Girardeau in 2003.

Loving survivors include a stepdaughter, Pauline Filla of Cape Girardeau; a niece, Janice (Roger) Cheney of Clinton, Iowa; three nephews, James (Kitty) Trautwein of McKinney, Texas, Steven (Jo Anne) Trautwein of Cape Girardeau, and Mark (Donna) Trautwein of Festus, Mo.; eight grandnieces and nephews; and eight great-grandnieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Trautwein and Edwin Trautwein.

Friends may call from noon to service time Monday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. Raymond McAfee officiating. Interment will be in Rose Lawn in Crystal City, Mo., with graveside military honors.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.