Aug. 7, 1920 – June 25, 2018
Pearl M. Emerling, active in community affairs and in her husband’s automobile and farm equipment dealerships, died June 25 in Fox Run, Orchard Park, where she was a resident. She was 97.
Born on her family’s farm in Lake View, the youngest of five children, the former Pearl Marion Buggenhagen attended a one-room elementary school and was a 1937 graduate of Hamburg High School.
After earning an associate’s degree from Chown School of Business in Buffalo, she was a secretary in a real estate office and wrote insurance policies at Jacob Hauck & Sons in Hamburg. She received another associate’s degree from Hilbert College in 1975.
She met her husband, Maurice “Morrie,” at a barn dance in Boston. They were married in 1947 and settled in Boston.
The mother of five, she assisted her husband in his business, Emerling Chevrolet and Massey-Ferguson in Boston.
Working with the American Red Cross, Mrs. Emerling was credited with bringing the bloodmobile to Boston and Colden for regular visits.
She also was a volunteer and leader in the Boston Historical Society, Immaculata Academy, Canisius High School, Welcome Wagon of Boston, Faith United Church of Christ, the Hamburg Antique Studies Group and the Boston Seniors.
The Boston Chamber of Commerce named her its 1997 Citizen of the Year. In 2017, Assemblyman David DiPietro presented her with a plaque and citation in recognition of her public service.
She and her husband were world travelers and spent many summers at Chautauqua Lake, where she was active at Chautauqua Institution. They also were members of a dancing club at the West Seneca Senior Center.
She enjoyed gardening, swimming, bridge and reading historical novels and non-fiction. She learned to ski in her 30s.
Her husband died in 2009.
Survivors include two daughters, Maureen and Janis Solak; two sons, Carl A. and Roy L.; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 8 in Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston.