Anna Maroney Emche, 78, registered nurse

October 21, 2002

Anna Maroney Emche, a retired registered nurse, died Friday of a heart attack at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The Ocean Pines resident was 78.

Between 1972 and 1990, she worked for St. Joseph Medical Center, Manor Care nursing homes and the Delmarva Foundation.

An Elizabeth, N.J., native, she was a graduate of the nursing school at Elizabeth General Medical Center. She worked for about two years during World War II in the Nurse Cadet Corps in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

"She was so proud of doing that, of serving her country," said her daughter, Kathleen Levinson of Baltimore.

She met her husband, John T. Emche, in Alabama, and the couple wed in 1947.

They lived in the Chatham Orchards area of Baltimore for 30 years. Then the couple moved to Towson before settling in Ocean Pines in 1992.

"The priority in her life, whether she was working or not, was her family," said the daughter, describing weekend gatherings of 20 and more people.

She returned to nursing after raising five children and being a homemaker.

She was a parishioner of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A son, John Emche Jr., died in 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 7 tonight at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by two sons, Peter Emche of Stevensville and James Emche of Ocean Pines; a daughter, Mary Schmeltzer of Ocean Pines; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

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