OBITUARY: Emma Rosocha

EMMA ROSOCHA JAN. 9, 1954April 16, 2012

Emma Rosocha died April 16, 2012 after a long illness. She was born in Oakland, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1954. She was the daughter of William J. Riemer and Eunice K. Riemer.


Her family moved to Gainesville, Fla., when Emma was a year old. In 1959, her father was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Tel Aviv, and Emma spent her kindergarten year in Israel.


Back in Florida, she went to the local elementary school until 1963 when the family moved to Maryland, in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She attended Montgomery County, Maryland schools until high school. She joined the Unitarian Church in 1969 when she was 13.


Emma started high school in the Washington, D.C. public schools. She traveled to Yugoslavia during the summer after her sophomore year, and transferred to the private Hawthorne School in her junior year. After graduating from Hawthorne, she enrolled in the University of Wisconsin at Madison and graduated in 1976 with a degree in education.


While at university she met and married Louis Rosocha. They lived in Madison until Louis accepted a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory and they moved to Los Alamos in October 1981. Emma worked as a substitute teacher at Los Alamos Public Schools for several years.


As soon as she came to this community Emma joined the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos. Emma is survived by her sons Jonathan and Nickolai, her mother, her sisters Elsa K. Riemer and Flora L. Riemer, and her former husband Louis Rosocha, all of Los Alamos.


A memorial was held for Emma at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos Sunday May 6.


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