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Emily F. Kubin

Emily passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at her home in Otsego.

She was born March 2, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Paul and Stephania (Dzurnik) Ballay. Emily had many jobs and for 15 years was the secretary at St. Margaret School until her retirement.

In her free time Emily enjoyed raising chickens, gardening, flowers, watching nature especially birds and deer and the love of her family and farm. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and crafting.

Emily was a member of the Crystal Club, Corporal Works of Mercy and First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. On June 26, 1943 in Chicago, she married Louis Kubin who preceded her in death.

Surviving are her daughters, Patricia (Milt) Garber of Nevada, Susanne (Robert) Knaus of Florida, Emilia (Doug) Rex of Otsego and Mary (John) Miller of Otsego; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Wagner and Illene Oetman; sister-in-law, Jean Balley along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; brothers, Joseph, Paul and Edwin Ballay.

Friends may visit with Emily’s family from 4-8 PM, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with a Rosary Service at 7 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Emily may be made to St. Margaret School or

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.

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Terry Arehart VanLent

December 1, 2021 at 7:35 pm

Sorry to hear this….I loved Emily..we worked on the church rummage sales together, she was a sweet, fun lady! Sending prayers to the family❤️



December 1, 2021 at 7:54 pm

My heart is sooo sad to here of Emily’s passing…. What a sweet lady!!! I’ve been her mail lady for some years! N she always been very nice to me…. Rest In Peace Emily you or a beautiful soul!


Dinah Howrigon

December 1, 2021 at 8:29 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Emilys passing. She was one of my favorite people. Such a special lady.


William Kraus

December 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Great Aunt Emily was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. She leaves behind a legacy of knowledge when it comes to gardening, raising pets, livestock, & farming. Many today don’t have the skills and understanding Aunt Emily shared with everyone she knew. She sure will be missed. My condolences to her family and loved ones.


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

December 1, 2021 at 9:12 pm

My deepest sympathy to all of Emily’s family. She was an amazing lady and a great friend to my mother. I remember her well working in moms restaurant. I remember coming to your house as a young girl. May God’s Almighty Grace be with each of you. Love and hugs to all of you


Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

December 1, 2021 at 9:16 pm

My deepest sympathy to all of Emily’s family. She was an amazing lady and a good friend of my mothers. I can remember coming to your house as a kid. May God’s Almighty Grace be with each of you.


Steve & Nancy Motter

December 1, 2021 at 9:22 pm

We’re so Sorry to hear of the passing of a great lady that we got to know at Saint Margaret’s School and my husband Steve worked with Emily. Our Sincere Condolences to the entire family and friends. Emily will be missed by all that got to know her.


Jennifer Mitchell

December 2, 2021 at 9:55 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember your Mom as a kind, sweet woman. May she Rest In Peace.


Rosemary I Hayes

December 2, 2021 at 10:03 am

So very sorry to hear about Emily. I always enjoyed our conversations and know she will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Love and prayers,

Rosemary Hayes.


Rose Mary Gazella

December 2, 2021 at 10:11 am

My sincere condolence at the passing of Emily. She was a dear,,devoted friend and inspired all of us by her life. She lived life to the fullest May you find comfort and peace knowing that you gave her your love and care.


Linda & Bob

December 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Dear aunt Pat. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Emily sounded like such a warm and wonderful woman. Peace be with you as you gather with family to reflect on what a wonderful person Emily was.


Barb Weaver

December 2, 2021 at 4:57 pm

May cherish memories help comfort family at this difficult time. Prayers to all.


Georgianna Simon

December 2, 2021 at 6:13 pm

Sue, so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear Mother Emily. Continued prayers for all of you and especially for for Emily. You have my deepest sympathy

during this time of great sorrow. Georgianna Simon .


Jan (Meacham) Gerhart

December 2, 2021 at 7:07 pm

Pat and family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I hope all the wonderful memories you all have of life with her will help you through this hard time of mourning.


Sr. Janet Pewoski

December 2, 2021 at 8:14 pm


I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Mom’s are very special people, the rock in our whole life long.

Know that I am thinking of you and praying for all of you.

Love and Prayer,

Jan Pewoski



December 2, 2021 at 8:31 pm

Mrs. Kubin was a very great lady! She was the secretary at St. Margaret’s School (the school where I went) Her family is great too! She was always so positive and kind! I am so sorry for your loss!


Josephine Pape

December 2, 2021 at 8:51 pm

Emilia, and Doug, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. May God be with you and your family during this time. May you have the strength to face the days ahead, and know that you have so many people who love you.


Melissa Mruskovich

December 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

I didn’t see my second Cousin Emily often but when I did, it was sure to be a memorable time. She’d reminisce about times she had with my dad on the farm. Once staying with her in Michigan we played dominos into the night as we laughed ourselves silly. The best memory is ending up in a Vegas Casino together playing slots(she was visiting her daughter and son-in-law)! I am grateful I had these times with my cousin and will always remember her with love and a smile in my heart. My dear Cousin Emily, Rest In Peace.


Sr. Ginny Jones

December 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Dear Sue- So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. May Our Loving God bring comfort to you and to all of the family members. I will hold you in special prayer during this challenging time.




Tom and Brenda Bolf

December 3, 2021 at 6:23 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Emilia and Doug and family. Our thoughts are with you.


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti)

December 4, 2021 at 11:41 am

Sorry to learn about your mother. Have always loved the name Emily. Mom’s are pretty special in that they can take the place of many others, yet no one can take their place. My heart goes out to you in your loss.


Terri Warning (Kubin)

December 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm

My heart goes out to my cousins and all that were touched by my Aunt Emily. I have so many fond memories back as a little girl from the suburbs, visiting with my Aunt and family on the farm. Such a kind soul, always made you feel welcomed! I’m blessed to have had so many wonderful childhood experiences, from swinging on the swing from the trees, to homemade jellies, watching chickens hatch, playing in the hay loft, learning the piano in the piano room, always having fun with my Aunt Emily, and cousins on their farm. She was one of God’s angels on earth and I know her spirit will always be in our hearts forever. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten. With deepest Sympathy, Terri Warning (Kubin)


Charlotte Marie Kraus

December 5, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Dearest Cousins & Family,

Your mother brought sunshine in my life from earliest memories of childhood visits to the Michigan farm & blueberry picking to more recent visits when family gathered around her large, dining room to enjoy homemade desserts, share stories and laugh together. We celebrate the joy she shared and support, which she extended to all of us. She prayed steadfastly. Perhaps God saw that she had fulfilled her earthly purpose and His will. We will miss her greatly until we are reunited. We send our sincerest sympathy to each of you at this sad time. We regret that our current circumstances prevent us from attending the memorial service. However, we will be with you in spirit and prayer. Love, Charlotte & Jim



December 7, 2021 at 3:59 pm

I’m very sorry Mary ((hug))


Pam Fritzel-Lipp

December 8, 2021 at 5:38 pm

Dear Pat and family, What a blessing to have your mother for 98 years. She sounded like a wonderful woman. So glad she will be reunited with her husband for eternity.

Prayers to you all

Love Wally and Pam Lipp


Michele Pulver

December 11, 2021 at 5:43 am


I am so sorry to hear of your excruciating loss of your Mom. There are no words . . .

Praying peace and comfort surround you and your family during these difficult days and weeks ahead. I always enjoyed seeing your Mom and talking with her when she came to get her hair done.


Gloria Kortokrax Gould

December 15, 2021 at 1:56 pm

Dear Pat and family

I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a dear sweet lady. My condolences to you and your family


Keeley Stevens

December 23, 2021 at 2:44 pm

I had no ide he was a Bob Segar fan!

I most certainly will think of him when I hear one of his songs now.

The Little Drummer Boy is one of his best and now Gary will be on my mind each time I hear it this season.

I will see you all in January.

I’m sorry for your loss.


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