Emma F. Kitchen

February 10, 1935 ‒ February 03, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Emma F. Kitchen, 83, of Galion passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion.

She was born February 10, 1935 in Acate, Jalisco, Mexico and was the daughter of Zeferino and Marie (Campo) Franco. On June 6, 1953 she married Franklin D. “Frank” Kitchen and they were married 57 years until his passing on February 22, 2011.

Emma came to Galion in 1945 from Mexico and worked as a finisher seamstress for the former Stratbury Manufacturing in Galion and then worked for Caleb V. Smith Co. where she was an inspector, retiring after 30 years. Emma was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion. She enjoyed making and distributing afghans to people in hospitals, nursing homes and her grandchildren. Emma loved cooking and preparing great Mexican meals for her family.

Emma is survived by daughters Emma Jean (Terry) Sautter and Rosalinda Marie (David) Hedrick all of Galion; five grandchildren, Terry Sautter II, Timothy (Sarah) Sautter, Jannel (Mukesh) Kumar, Nicole (Chad) Ruttencutter and David (Amber) Hedrick II; 15 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Jackie, Jack, William, Henry, Ajay, Aryan, Adi, Rohan, Tegan, Taylor, Dakota, Kaden, Ryker and Landen; a great great-grandchild Kinzley; three sisters Sally (Chester) Pfeifer of Galion, Carmen Hivley of Mansfield and Mary (Charles) Ketterman of Galion and two brothers Joe (Sharon) Franco and Robert Franco all of Galion.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a sister Leonor Palmer and two half-sisters Chole and Alba Franco.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where there will be a vigil service held at 6:30 p.m. by Deacon Greg Kirk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 135 North Liberty Street Galion, Ohio with Father Paul Fahrbach as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Emma Kitchen, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


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  • Emma and Family, so sorry to hear about your Mother. Saw her at Magnolia last time I was there. May she rest in peace. Thinking of all of the family.

  • Emma and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.

  • Emma and Linda Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I am sure she will be missed. God bless you and family. Steve and Jeni

  • So sorry about Emma,she was a great lady.God has gained another angel to watch over us.To Mary an Linda Hugs. rest in peace sweet lady.You are all in my thoughts an prayers..