Thomas Emmer

Thomas Earl Emmer Sr.

March 20th, 1939 - August 8th, 2020
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Thomas Earl Emmer, Sr. passed peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2020, surrounded by his best friend and wife of 60 years Patsy, his children and all of his grandchildren. Born in Minneapolis on March 20, 1939, to Earl and Helen Emmer, the oldest of their seven children. Tom Sr. graduated from St. Thomas Academy and the University of Notre Dame. He and Patsy met while attending grade school at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina, Minnesota. Tom had an amazing career with Emmer Brothers Lumber Company and Viking Forest Products, but the focus of his life was always his faith and his family. Tom was an avid golfer, a bookworm, a regular at Hoagie’s for breakfast, a hunter and a fisherman. Tom was humble. He loved his church and attended daily Mass, sometimes more than once a day. He had incredible patience and humor. His laugh made his never-ending stream of Ole and Lena jokes even more funny. He almost never missed an event or a game, for his own kids or his grandkids and he loved our Country. Our dad, our “Papa” and our brother was and always will be the definition of what all of us should aspire to every day of our life: Faith, Family, Self-Discipline.

While his family will miss his physical presence, we know that he passed through the pearly gates singing Mr. Bluebird and that he was welcomed with open arms by God and all the Angels in Heaven including his daughter Bridget, his brother John and his parents. Tom is survived by the love of his life, his wife Patsy, son Tom Jr (Jacquie), son Jack (Molly), son-in-law Tom (Paula) Greene, his siblings Patti Emmer, Marilyn (Mike) Sullivan, Jim (Nan) Emmer, Peggy (Greg) Gust, Drew Emmer and his grandchildren, Tripp, Jack, Emily, Bobby, Molly, Katie, Elizabeth, Joey, Katy, Lucy, Billy, Emma, Margaret, Johnny and Sara.

Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Grace or St. Thomas Academy.

Services are pending.
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Posted at 08:55pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Lael & Dave

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Bob Maginnis

Posted at 02:50pm
We got to know Tom Sr. over the last few years as he was a member and regular attendee at the Republican Seniors of Minnesota meetings. Tom always had a big smile on his face and liked to talk to all the people around him. We had a moment of silence for Tom at our last meeting on August 11th. He will be remembered and missed by everyone!

Bob & Barb Maginnis

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Posted at 04:58pm
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tom koppy

Posted at 04:50pm
Dear Patsy and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of my dear friend and classmate Tom. The picture on the skates says it all for me, as that's where we really spent our most memorable time together, on the STMA hockey team, ultimately serving as it's co captains our senior year. So many Emmer memories, some coaching some hunting, golfing, and class reunions and get togethers, always "the best"! Big hole in my heart, just loved the big guy so much.
Again, heartfelt sympathy and my prayers for all.
Tom & Judy Koppy

Chris & Kim Thomey

Posted at 02:37pm
Jack, your dad brought happiness & laughter to everyone who met him. We are so lucky to have known him. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort.
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