Paul K Emmerich, Sr
Passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Nov 10, 2021. He was born on Sep 25, 1925, the son of Charles and Bertha (Zick) Emmerich. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years, Rose (Romanello); his parents; all his siblings: Howard (Charlotte), Charles, Victor (Matilda), Arthur, and Joseph Emmerich, and Dorothy (Charles) Fischer; and all his in-laws: Dan (Mary), Sam (Betty), and Alex (Bess) Romanello. He is survived by his children: Jo Ann Nardini, Shirlee (Gary) Koehne, Paul (Mary) Jr., Trisha Ney, Christopher (Karen), John (Christine), and Jennifer (Scott) Elliott; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and countless extended family members. Dad had many names during his life: son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, grandpa, and George.
Dad’s life started out difficult – his mother died 6 weeks after he was born. Raised mostly by his grandmother and aunt, he lived his early days through the Great Depression and then WWII. While he didn’t serve in WWII, he watched all his brothers march off to defend the US. He grew up in the Clifton area and was proud to graduate from Roger Bacon HS; forever a Spartan. He met the love of his life, Rose, in 1944 and they were married on Nov 9, 1946. They eventually settled in Oakley where they raised their family in the shadow of St. Cecilia school and Church and where he lived until his death. Dad worked over 40 years at CG&E and sacrificed to send all his children to Purcell, Marian, and Purcell-Marian HS. He enjoyed almost 35 years of retirement and his family kept him busy! He had many interests: playing in golf and bowling leagues; basketball with the kids and grandkids; playing pinochle; swimming in his pool; gardening; attending all the grandkids and great-grandkid events; daily crossword puzzle; and travelling to South Carolina on vacation. But mostly Dad loved his family and loved to have them around him to celebrate their life events. Dad was a devout Catholic, attending Mass each day for over 30 years. Dad was a generous man; he never wanted much in the way of material things and was always buying extra for those in need. He was always there to help; in his 70s and 80s he would still shovel snow for the “old” people in the neighborhood. He lived a blessed life and will be missed dearly by family and friends. However, we know he is eternally reunited with his Rose, who likely met him in heaven with a “C’mon Paul; I’ve been waiting”.
The family would like to thank the care givers at Christ Hospital for the exceptional care they gave our father and the guidance and comfort provided to our family.
Viewing will be at St. Cecilia Church on 3105 Madison Road in Cincinnati, OH 45209 from 10-11 AM on Friday, Nov 19, 2021 with the funeral Mass of Christian Burial right after at 11. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Cecilia Church. You may also bring canned goods to Church for the food pantry as a tribute to Dad’s generosity.