Elizabeth Catherine Stangle Emmert, Born Nov 3, 1936 heaven bound April 13, 2015.
Born a true farmer's daughter of John L. Stangle and Catherine Marie Stangle,
both deceased, she learned hard work and dedication to her dreams watching her
parents struggle to live the life they wanted. Her younger brother John
M. Stangle, deceased, and her remained close and
shared a love of music and teaching even though his life was spent tending to
the family farm.
Elizabeth (Betty) left Vincennes Lincoln high school with
a dream to be a music performance educator and attended Indiana State Teachers
College, now Indiana State University. After graduation she left for her
first teaching position at Clear Springs High School and soon after found her
way to Haubstadt Indiana and her roots were set. She could not have
predicted the impact the move to the small German community would have on her
whole life and the lives of so many more. Almost immediately the news was
out that there was a new female High School Band Director and while marching
her band through town she would cross paths with the school's biggest sports
fan and local drug store owner, Edwin (Bernie) Emmert
now deceased. They fell in love and the town bachelor was married to the
town's new band director June 3, 1961.
Those first few classes may not have been able to
predict the legacy Mrs. Emmert would have on music
performance throughout the state over the next seven decades but looking back
they would realize that they were the start of something special. As her
family grew, Grady came first, she decided to step away from her teaching role
and take on a role as a mother, private teacher, and Drum and Bugle Corp
leader. Music performance and love of her students would be the second
most important thing in her life trailing only behind her family.
Her children Grady, Greta, Pete, Dwight, Ron and Jay
would watch their mother one by one teach music to anyone with any musical
interest. For Betty it was more than just knowing how to play, it was
about enjoying putting on the best performance. She loved the solo and
ensemble time of year when all the work her students put in would be
rewarded. Thousands of gold medals are in keepsake boxes that have her
People will remember her as a choir director at St.
James Church in Haubstadt and at Sts Peter and Paul
in Haubstadt, and Mater Dei High School in Evansville. She played her
clarinet as an active member of the Old Dam Band, Vincennes City Band, and
Wolfgang Orchestra. She did what needed to be done for her family and as
a farmer's daughter even spent time behind the wheel as an over-the-road truck
driver, nurse, and late night cashier at Lakeview Truck Stop. Her idea to
start a Front Porch Polka Band during the Sommerfest
has become part of the scene during the town's June celebration and she loved
to have her family and friends play with her.
Her health issues would not keep her from giving
private lessons and occasionally consult for her children's music programs and
their students' programs. For as life would have it Elizabeth would raise
five music educators of her own and six teachers total. Through them her
impact would continue to grow and influence music throughout the state on
Indiana and beyond. The list is long, she would list them if you asked,
of her students that went on the major in music in college. It is hard to
count the number of recitals, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, church
choirs and Christmas sing-a-longs that had a little of her spirit ringing out
over the years.
From the kid who wanted to be the next great trumpet
player who became a better tuba player she loved them all. And to the
generations who came to her and asked her to help not only teach them but help
raise them, you helped fulfill her to the final days. Thank you from her
She leaves behind her children and their spouses and
14 grandchildren. And anyone who ever felt like they were part of the
family. Her Front Porch Polka Band will play Saturday evening April 18 to
celebrate her legacy.
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM CST (family are welcome at 3 pm) on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Wade Funeral Home, 119 S Vine St. Haubstadt IN 47639 with a Rosary service beginning at 7:30 PM CST Services will be at 11AM CST Monday April 20 at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church with a voluntary recital starting at 10 am. Burial will be immediately after in the church cemetery. A Wake luncheon will be held after at the school cafeteria.