Emerald K. DeBoer, 96, of Eau Claire passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Emerald was born on July 19, 1925, to Conrad and Anna (Ose) Opland in Minnesota. She married Hubert DeBoer on August 31, 1947. They were blessed with three girls, Ann, Lori, and Sandy. Emerald was involved in the ministry with her husband for over 50 years.
Emerald was survived by her daughters, Ann (Mike) Scherf and Lori (Ron) Lee; grandchildren, Nathan (Tanya) Scherf and Trevor Jost; great-grandchildren, Annaka Scherf and Delaney Scherf; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Emerald was preceded in death by husband, Hubert; daughter, Sandy DeBoer; and granddaughter, Hayley Jost.
Funeral services will be Friday, February 18, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Saving Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Dan Doran officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Burial will take place on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


  1. I am blessed to have known Emy. A sweet gal with a big heart, forever missed but never forgotten. I’ll miss our guitar/ sing-a-longs Emy and I truly enjoyed together. My sincere sympathy to all.

  2. May the Lord bring His comfort and peace to each of you! Hub and Emy were dear friends and I so appreciated it when they came to Living Word Lutheran in Eagan. I enjoyed visiting with them many times in their home. Now, we look forward to that reunion in heaven even though we have that sadness when they leave us on this earth. Praying for you.

  3. My sincere condolences to your entire family. Emy was a wonderful lady and gentle soul. I so enjoyed working for Emy and Hub when they had Valley 24 grocery in TRF, MN. Emy will truly be missed by many.

  4. So to hear of the loss of your mom. Spent time at her home while visiting with Sandy. Sandy and I and I were in high school together. I was very sad to hear of her passing also. you are in my thoughts and prayers. Julie(Nelson) Luby

  5. Ann and family,
    My sincere condolences on the death of your mom. She was the same age as my parents (Arvid and Alene Clementson) and I remember her when you lived in Fosston. She was a beautiful lady and a sweet soul! Nancy (Clementson) Laines

  6. Condolences to your family. I worked with Sandy at Paperworx for 9 years, & we were such good friends during that time. Sandy often spoke of her family. So saddened to hear of Sandy & Hayley’s tragic passings as well. 😢 May God heal your tender hearts.

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