John T. Emche, Sr.
John T. Emche, Sr., age 95, resident of Ocean Pines, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Salisbury.
He was the beloved husband of the late Anna M Emche; devoted father of Mary Schmelzer, Kathleen (Stephen L.) Levinson, James (Kathleen) Emche, the late Peter J. Emche and John T. Emche Jr.; dear father-in-law of Dolores Emche and Jill Emche; dear brother of the late Amelia Tesluk; cherished son of the late Peter Emche and Bertha Ostrowski Emche; adored grandfather of Danielle (Nima) Ashkeboussi, Julie (Nick) Biedrzycki, Heather Carpenter, Jason Phillips, Benjamin Emche, Joshua (Kara) Levinson, Maren (Jaime) Marquart, Jake Emche, Kathleen Emche; loving great-grandfather of Auriel Ashkeboussi, Casmir, Zosia and Bronimir Biedrzycki, Benjamin, Lucy and Samantha Levinson, and Rose Marquart.
Mr. Emche was born and raised in Baltimore. He joined his contemporaries in enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Stationed in the South Pacific he maintained P-40 aircraft in the Solomon Islands during the battle of Peleliu.
Working in the jungle was hazardous and he contracted an eye infection eventually causing him to lose sight in that eye. This led to his discharge and treatment in Alabama where he met his future wife, Anna, who was an Army nurse at the hospital. They were married for 55 years.
They raised their five children in Baltimore. He loved the outdoors; boating and fishing. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph MPR Cocucci will officiate. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in Baltimore at a later date.
A donation in his memory may be made to: The John T. Emche Memorial Music Scholarship, University of South Carolina , School of Music, 813 Assembly St., Columbia, South Carolina 29208. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.