THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Emily McGhinnis Ziesmer, 100, of Lena, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at an area nursing home.
Born May 24, 1917 in Lenoir, N.C., to Theophilus and Minnie (Presnell) McGhinnis, she married Gustave Ziesmer on Dec. 21, 1940 in Takoma Park, Md. and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1998. She graduated in 1940 from the Washington Sanitarium and began a lifetime career as a registered nurse. She worked in Washington D.C. for 26 years and also in West Virginia for 26 years as a public health nurse. The couple retired in 1989 and moved to Wisconsin.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Ziesmer and her husband Bob, Lena; two grandchildren and their spouses; two step grandchildren and their spouses; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gustave; two sisters, Edith Sheffield and Betty (Luther) Robertson and four brothers, Harry, Douglas, Willis and Roger McGhinnis.
Per her wishes, burial will be next to her husband in Lena Cemetery.
Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Lena is assisting the family.