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Emma Christana Seiffert

Emma was born July 19, 1904 in Scholls, Oregon.

Her parents were Samuel Adolph Seiffert and Charlotte Klukas. She was the fourteenth child of fourteen.

Emma married Dan Haffner on June 6, 1926. They had one child: Charlotte Marie (February 23, 1926 to April 19, 1928). Dan died October 24, 1953.

Emma married Godfrey Friedrich Atrops on November 20, 1954. Godfrey died on August 5, 1972.

Emma died in Oregon on September 14, 1994 at the age of 90 years, 1 month, 26 days. She is buried next to Dan at St. Paul Luthern Cemetery in Sherwood, Oregon.

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Tigard Times - Week of September 26 -- October 2, 1991 - Page 13A 'Auntie Em' named senior center volunteer of year By Donna Schmidt of the Times
Tigard -- They call her Auntie Em.
Because Emma Atrops is one of those people you can count on. The Tigard Senior Center has for nearly 18 years. Atrops received the Center's Volunteer of the Year award last week for her longtime commitment to helping others. But the unpretentious 87-year-old will shoo anyone out of the kitchen who tries to make a fuss about her generous volunteer spirit. That's why the center's steering committee ambushed Atrops during the center's lunch hour to present her the award, said Karen Gardner, tile center's director.
"We had to do it that way because we knew we'd never get her to come to a presentation -- she's too modest," Gardner said. Ii Atrops knew something was going on when the entire committee walked in for lunch one day last week, , but was caught off guard when she was called out of the kitchen to receive the award.
"I was so surprised, I couldn't believe it," she said.
Atrops began volunteering at the Senior Center in 1973 when tile center's home was in the Presbyterian Church.
The Scholls native and 37-year Raleigh Hills resident heard about the need for volunteers at the Sherwood Lutheran church she has attended since childhood.
"My dear husband had passed away, and I sat around the house for a year and finally I said, 'I don't like tllis.' There was a flier asking for volunteers for Loaves and Fishes, and I said, 'Well, I'm just going to go up there and see what it's all about, '" Atrops said.
She started as a driver for the Meals on Wheels delivery program and a short time later moved into the kitchen. Three days a week, Atrops helps the center's cook prepare more than 100 meals for the delivery program and the daily lunch served at the center. She also helps with se1Ving and cleaning up the kitchen after the noon meals.
"She's my right hand," said Lydia Douglas, the Tigard cook.
Atrops also does volunteer work for the Sherwood Senior Center and for the Cornelius Economy Store, which raises money for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home for Retarded Children in Blooming.
And Atrops has no plans to quit.
"The Lord has been good to me. I've had a wonderful life, and I'll be here as long as the Lord will let me. I don't get paid, but I get the love of all the people."


Aunt Emma made the best coffee cake.

Neice Mary Jane was assigned the duty of going with Aunt Emma when Aunt Emma was learning to drive.

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