Roselawn Funeral Home & Roselawn Cemetery

741 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL


LT. Emma Sue Gardella

May 5, 1923March 14, 2020

A graveside service will be conducted in the Veterans Gardens of the Roselawn Cemetery for Lieutenant Emma Sue Gardella at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 21st. Born in Somerville Alabama on May 5th, 1923, she passed away at home on March 14th, 2020 just weeks before her 97th birthday. She served as an Army nurse during World War II, where she met and married her husband, Colonel Joseph Gardella, in North Africa. They were married for 50 years prior to his passing in 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in her honor to St. Ann's Catholic School in Decatur. Roselawn Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Lieutenant Emma Sue Gardella.


  • Graveside Services Saturday, March 21, 2020


LT. Emma Sue Gardella

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Garrett Zopf

March 20, 2020

My Aunt Sue - I always loved and respected both My Aunt Sue and Uncle Joe. Both my brother and I joined the military (US Naval Academy 1965 & 1966) after hearing about the wonderful life they had all those 50 years. I'm sorry I didn't live closer to them for the last too many years but I want to remember them both as the vibrant people they were. I know they loved Sydney and thought of her as their own and were so proud of her. I always have and will always have a spot in my heart for the Colonel and LT. Sue

Amy Mitchell

March 20, 2020

Ms Sue is the greatest! I was her personal trainer at SportsFit for a few years. She was always like a grandmother to me. She would light up the room when she came in. She will be missed! Love you Ms Sue!