Gottenstroetter Funeral Home

Service Schedule and Obituary

Peggy Lou Emde

Born: November 29, 1932 - Died: April 22, 2022

Service Schedule


Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville
Date: April 26, 2022 --- Time: 4-8 p.m.


St. Peter's United Church of Christ - Owensville
Date: April 27, 2022 --- Time: 10:30 a.m.


Gottenstroeter Mausoleum - Owensville

Memorials / Donations

Memorials requested for family's choice.


Peggy Lou Emde, 89, of Owensville, Mo., passed away Friday, April 22, 2022, at her residence.

She was born on November 29, 1932, in Scott, Okla., a daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth (nee Shackelford) Carter. She was married to Gordon L. Emde on April 21, 1951, in Yuma, Ariz.

Although she was born in Oklahoma, her family migrated to California in 1940. She shared many memories of World War II and her family’s involvement in the war effort. In her high school and young adult years, she sang with the San Francisco Community Choir and with the chorus at the San Francisco Opera House.

Peggy was a faithful member at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, a life member of the VFW Post 6133 Auxiliary, served on the Helping Hands Outreach Board and Operation Christmas Board for a number of years, worked with the local CROP Walk, and was a facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Support Group. She sang in the St. Peter’s UCC Church Choir and was a Co-Director of their Handbell Choir. Additionally, she taught and directed Owensville High School Seniors the art of playing handbells for their Senior Baccalaureate service. Peggy was also active in the Owensville Area Relay for Life, serving on multiple committees. This mission was very close to her family’s hearts, losing many family members and friends to cancer. She also served as the Treasurer for the City of Owensville and Secretary for the 911 Board. She also received honors as the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRCP) Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Elizabeth; husband, Gordon; nine brothers and two sisters; and one grandchild, Jacob, whose memory was always in her heart.

She is survived by her six children, Gordon Emde and wife Tammi of Rosebud, Cheryl Schlottach and husband Kenneth of Owensville, Janet Diestelkamp and husband James of Owensville, Barbara Feagan and husband Michael of Owensville, Charles Emde and wife Cheri of Joplin and Susan Moniz and husband Alan of Modesto, Calif. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 26 from 4-8 p.m. at Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Owensville with Rev. Stephanie DeLong officiating. Entombment will be in Gottenstroeter Mausoleum in Owensville.

Memorials requested for family's choice.