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Emily J. Longnecker, age 78, of Edmore, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids.  The daughter of James & Doris Madelyn (Potbury) Burt, she was born on May 18, 1938 in Prescott, Arizona, shortly after her family moved to Edmore where she graduated from Edmore High School.  On November 27, 1957 in Edmore she married Bud D. Longnecker.  Together they enjoyed almost 59 years of marriage and raised two children.  

Emily retired as manager of the Montcalm Public Employees Credit Union after 50 years of service.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir and spending time in her home with her granddaughters.  She was currently serving on the board of directors of Sheridan Community Hospital and as a school board member for Montabella Community Schools, in addition to being a long-time active member of Faith United Methodist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Phyllis Wert;  and a daughter-in-law, Kris Longnecker. 

Surviving are her husband, Bud Longnecker of Edmore;  a son, Craig Longnecker & Michele Montmorency of East Lansing;  a daughter, Lisa Longnecker of Blanchard; her granddaughters, Kaylee Closson and Bailey Kauffman, both of Blanchard;  brothers and sisters, Frank & June Burt of Edmore, Joan Walcutt Rasmussen of Edmore;  a sister-in-law, Betty Torre of Northport, New York;  and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Faith United Methodist Church, 833 S 1st Street, Edmore, where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday  Pastor Mike Riegler will officiate and a luncheon will follow the service.  Instead of flowers, Emily would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Faith United Methodist Church.  Envelopes will be available at the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Emily's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. The Kuczynski Family on August 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

  2. Deb Kuczynski on August 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for you loss. Emily will be missed!

  3. Tom and Doris Byrem & family on August 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Bud, Craig and Lisa,

    Your wife and mother was an exceptional woman whom has left us all many wonderful memories.
    She was a wonderful cook and our family enjoys her famous “eggnog” and “cheeseball” during the holidays. Many requests have been made for the recipes over the years and its always labeled “Aunt Emily’s Eggnog”or “Aunt Emilys Cheeseball”. Our children will hand these down to their children and then to their children – she will be lovingly be remembered for many generations.
    Aunt Emily was not just a good cook, she was always kind, generous, compassionate to all and a wonderful aunt. Her laugh was infectious that she shared with everyone!
    Our family wishes you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and many loving memories to hold forever in your hearts.
    Tom, Doris and family

  4. Ina Jayne on August 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Bud, Craig & Lisa, I am so sorry for the passing of your Wife, mother & an exceptional Aunt. A few weeks before she passed away we had a special conversation. She told me she was not afraid as she knew God would take care of everything. Her strong relationship with God had been passed on to her kids so they would be fine as well. Her calm voice told me she did not want alot of tears as she was looking forward to seeing her Mom & Dad & sister and a special girlfriend. She was making me feel better & wanted her whole family to know she would be fine. I will miss her smile & contagious laugh. Gods peace and comfort to her family.

  5. Melissa Bluem Long on August 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Words can’t express how much Emily meant to me growing up. She was like a second mom to me and I will always remember her as such. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know we are thinking about you today and in the days to come. Sending much love and many prayers…

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