June 27, 1934 – April 26, 2021
Emma Bernardon Bauarschi died on April 26, 2021 at the age of 86. She was the beloved mother of Lorette Bauarschi, Raymond Bauarschi and his wife, Joanne, and Gabrielle Adams and her husband, Tony, the beloved grandmother of Nicole, Ashley and Kendall, and the loving wife of Gabriel (“Gabby”) M. Bauarschi, who predeceased her in 2004.
Emma was born in New York, New York on June 27, 1934. From a young age, she loved education and was thrilled to be able to attend Hunter College in New York (which at that time provided free tuition) to study international affairs, specializing in political science, economics, history and languages. She continued her education with a full scholarship to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and Bologna, Italy, where she obtained a Master’s Degree. After graduate school, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service. Her first assignment was as a Vice Consul to the American Consulate in Kampala, Uganda, the first woman to be posted there.
That’s where she met Gabby. After a two year courtship, Gabby convinced Emma to give up her career in Foreign Service (which was a requirement back then) to marry him. After living in Kampala for two more years, they moved to New York in 1963. Gabby’s work brought them to Houston, Texas in 1973. Although she always considered being a mother her primary job, Emma continued working, first at the Houston Public Library, then at the Italian Trade Commission, and finally at the Institute of International Education.
Emma was a devout Christian and was confident of her eternal life. Emma loved her family, art, music (especially Italian opera), literature, politics and baseball. She could converse on pretty much any topic and to her family, she was the most interesting person we ever met.
Emma was the heart and soul of her family and no words can express how much she was loved and respected and how much she will be missed. Per Emma’s wishes, the family is planning a small, private memorial service. The family would appreciate that any remembrances be made to The Hunter College Foundation, New York, New York, and the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 13, 2021
Dear Bauraschi Family,
I am writing on behalf of my mother, Gerry Woelfel, who is living in a memory care home. I did not know Emma but I know my mom was very fond of her and just loved talking to her on the phone. I helped my mom call Emma several times until it became too hard for my mom to have a good conversation. I know she would be so heart-broken to hear of Emma's passing, but she also knows your loved one is in the presence of Jesus and is now at perfect peace. May God bless you all and comfort you with His love and the joyful memories you have of Emma!
Lisa Emery (for Gerry Woelfel)
May 6, 2021
Ms. Emma was really dear to my heart just as if she was my MOM. I enjoyed every minute she and I shared together over the course of 7years. We often laughed cried and even argued at times (LOL)but nothing could separate the LOVE she held for me as well the LOVE I hold for her. She was definitely one of the smartest and wittiest women I know. I'm so grateful for all the wisdom and knowledge she shared with me. She will always be remembered and close to my heart. Our memories are cherished forever.
To my Sisters and Brother from another mother LOVE you guys and hope that you all find solace that she is now resting and fought a good fight. RIP GANGSTA GRANNY
May 2, 2021
What a wonderful lady she was may ,God bless and keep you always
April 29, 2021
Mrs. Emma was an awesome person to know
I learned so much from her
She always had a story and always willing to educate you in so many different areas
That's the part I will miss most!
Not to mention, her genuine heart
She cared about her family very much
Never let a day go by without mentioning the kids upbringing and the surprising pregnancy of her last born lol
Stories after stories which had me laughing so hard
I looked forward to coming to work to hear a story about the family or to be educated in certain areas
Both are beneficial to my life to this very day.
Mrs. Emma, I love and appreciate you for taking the time to share your experiences
Love, Tamika Washington
April 29, 2021
Bert and I have fond memories of Emma and were fortunate to attend a few HGO performances (matinee’s) with Lorette and Emma a few years ago. Emma was delightful, interesting and always a lot of fun! We know she will be missed and we send our deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones.
April 29, 2021
To Emma's family - please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I'm sending hugs and love to you all. M