The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA


Elayne A. Emmerich

27 October , 19296 June , 2019

Elayne (Fenske) Emmerich, 89, of Bettendorf, IA passed away at Bettendorf Health Care on Thursday, June 6, 2019 after a brief illness.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Runge Mortuary by 12:45 p.m. to join the procession. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Elayne Fenske was born October 27, 1929 to Albert and Minnie (Majewski) Fenske in Milwaukee, WI and grew up in central Wisconisin. She married Alden “Bud” Emmerich in 1952. He preceded her in death in 1979. She retired from the U.S. Department of the Army in 1986 with 30 years of service spent at Badger Ordnance Works in Baraboo, WI; Ordnance Ammunition Command in Joliet, IL; Fort Shafter in Honolulu, HI; and the Army Armament Command in Rock Island, IL. She spent her post-retirement years doing volunteer work for Jim Leach, the Bettendorf Library, her church, and other organizations.

Elayne loved music, from Dixieland to the classics. She was also a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers for most of her life.

She is survived by thirteen nieces and nephews, and her special friends at Christ’s Family Church in Davenport.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and loving husband


  • Graveside Service Friday, 14 June , 2019


Elayne A. Emmerich

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Michael Slattengren

13 June 2019

From a young child I remember my aunt Elayne as a most beautiful and loving aunt. She and uncle Bud always had time for their nieces and nephews. She is now at comfort in heaven with uncle Bud.