Emma L. Gapia

Emma L. Gapia

Emma L. Gaipa

Emma L. Gaipa, 79, of Watervliet passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma, where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Watervliet. Donations in memory of Emma may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the North Berrien Senior Center. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Emma was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Levee, Ky., to Charlie and Leona (Anderson) Barnett. She was a woman of very strong faith. Emma was a kind, loving and compassionate individual who never had a bad word to say about anyone. She had a passion for caring for animals of all kinds and truly just enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph; three children: Darlene Kolenko of Coloma, Kenneth (Michelle) Gaipa of Osceola, Ind., and Pamela (Russell) Morey of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one brother, Billy (Marjorie) Barnett; and one sister, Linda (Clinton) Woodard. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Virginia Barnett; son-in-law, Patrick Kolenko; eight grandchildren: Steffen and Tori Kolenko, Anthony (Renee) Gaipa, Emma, Grace and Gianna Gaipa and Krista and Brian Morey; three great-grandchildren: Bella, Elliana and Joey Gaipa; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Pebbles.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Gaipa; and brother, Buford Barnett.