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August 27, 1996 – Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Service Information
Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, July 27, 2013
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, July 26, 2013
6-8 PM

Emma Leigh Rodelius, born August 27, 1996, beloved daughter of Daniel A. and Kathleen M. (Mueller) Rodelius, and sister of Benjamin Rodelius, all of Maple Lake, went to heaven July 23, 2013. She was a remarkable young woman who lived life with exuberance and whose absence will leave a hole in the hearts of her family and friends that will not be filled this side of heaven.

At Buffalo Senior High, Emma was involved as co-editor in chief of the yearbook; she was a member of the swim team and was on the staff of the school newspaper. She was a member of Buffalo Evangelical Free church and daily lived out her faith in Christ.

Emma loved photography, often using her camera to take photos of friends and family, sporting and school events. She was independent, creative and funny. She was part of two mission trips to the Dominican Republic and was planning another next spring. While there, she fell in love with the children and people of that country.

Visitation will be held Friday 6-8 pm at Buffalo Evangelical Free Church.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday 1 pm at Buffalo Evangelical Free Church.

Memorials are preferred to ASON International (please indicate on memo line: Remembering Emma) to help complete the Dominican Republic church building project that was her passion.

Emma was preceded in death by her infant brother, Andrew Daniel and her grandfather, Vaughn Rodelius. She is survived by her parents, her brother, Ben, Paternal grandmother Doris Rodelius, Maternal grandparents Ken and Mille Mueller, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins.

33 Guestbook Entries

  1. Marnie Barnhart

    My deepest sympathies to Emma’s family and friends. May God embrace you in his loving arms and fill you with peace. May the peace be in your heart with confidence knowing that Emma was wrapped in His loving arms around as she was welcomed into heaven.

  2. Phil and Shannon Bunkers

    This is such a tragedy on so many levels. She was like a second daughter to us. She will be very deeply missed. Her laughter was so infectious.

  3. Mary Kay Herman

    Oh dear… what can words possibly do to express the sadness we have for you all. Please know we are all thinking of you during all of this and want to help you.
    Love from Mary Kay, Jerry, Zach and Lexi Herman

  4. Dawn Ramacher

    Dear Dan, Kathy & Ben,
    We are so sorry to here about Emma. Your loss is unimaginable. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    John, Dawn, Josh & Christina

  5. Sue schmoll

    We are so deeply saddened for your loss. May her amazing life and legacy comfort you, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Love, Sue

  6. Lynn Wallum

    Kathy, Dan, and Ben,
    Please know that I am thinking of all of you during this tragedy. Hoping as you go forward, all of your memories of Emma will help you heal.

  7. Jeanne & Ron Lewandoski

    What wonderful and remarkable young woman. Our hearts are breaking for you and all your family and friends.
    May you find comfort and peace knowing she is with our Lord. Our family pours out our sincerest sympathy in your family’s loss. We will keep you in our prayers today and always.

  8. Steve Klenk

    Dan, Kathleen and family; I am so saddened by your tragic loss. What a wonderful daughter and a friend to many Emma was. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Steve Klenk, Minneapolis. Revelation 21:4

  9. Trent and Cheryl Carlson & family

    Dan,Cathy & Ben; we send our deepest sympathy to you. We need more Emma’s in this world. She was an angel walking this earth for a short time but left a huge impact on us all. You have done an outstanding job as parents. We pray that you feel God’s strength as we mourn and pray with you! God’s blessings be upon you today and always! Love you!

  10. Jeanne & Ron Lewandoski

    What a wonderfully remarkable young woman. Our hearts are heavy and prayers many. We offer our sincerest sympathy to Emma’s family and friends in this difficult time loss.
    We will keep you in our prayers today and always.
    May you find comfort knowing she is with the Lord.

  11. Brenda McDonald

    Dan, Kathy and Ben; There are no words that could convey how heavy my heart is for all of you. Emma was always a breath of fresh air to be around. I wish you peace in knowing that she is now in an amazing place even though your hearts are missing her terribly. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” May your faith give you strength during this difficult time. Hugs to you from the McDonald Family.

  12. Joe Polta

    Dan, old friend, I’m saddened to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you and the family.

  13. Mike Strong

    To Kathy and family,
    One cannot imagine what you are going though at this very difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. May God bless you and your family during this time of trial. On behalf of your classmates from Spring Lake Park class of 1980, we all are praying for you and are with you now.

  14. Lisa Starkey Kreibich

    There are simply no words. I am so very sorry for your loss, Kathy and family. I am on my knees in prayer for you all. Please know you are loved. May God wrap his comforting arms around you as you mourn the loss of your beautiful Emma.

  15. Deb Mueller

    Kathy, Dan and family –
    There are no words that can truly express our deepest sympathy.

    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers over the come days.

    The Keith Mueller Family

  16. Kristin Rakke

    Kathy, Dan and Ben,
    I was so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Emma. I have such fond memories of seeing her every day at Discovery when she was my music student. She always had an independent spirit and made me smile. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Ellen Abramson

    Many tears are being shed at our office and in the Dominican Republic. We love Emma and grieve the fact that we will have to wait until heaven to hug her again. Hundreds of prayers are being lifted by powerful believers in the Dominican Republic in these days, especially for Dan, Kathy, Ben and all Emma’s family and friends. God bring peace to you, the kind that is so great, we cannot even understand it. With much love and prayers from all of us connected with ASON in the US and the DR.

  18. Kelly Grimm

    Please accept my sincere condolences. It’s clear Emma was a very special young lady. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.
    Kelly Grimm

  19. Douglas and Terry (thompson) Johnson

    Remember those great times and precious memories. Prayers your way.

  20. Holly Zachman

    I did not know Emma, but as a parent my heart goes out to you. May the Lord Jesus Christ hold you close and may your faith get you through this very difficult time. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
    Steve and Holly Zachman

  21. Gretchen O'Brien

    We will all forever have a hole on our worlds and hearts. Emma was such a special young lady. Words can not express what a tragedy of losing Emma is. Please know that our prayers and thoughts for all of the family are with you.

  22. Jeanne Teeters

    Just had to say, so sorry for your loss. I have a 16 year old daughter who swims/dives, senior year, loves photography and has a passion for mission trips. Although I did not know Emma, I am grieving with Emma’s family and friends. May God wrap his arms around you during this very difficult time.

    God promises enternity, for those who believe! The only comfort is knowing Emma is with her savior.


  23. Janet Brandli

    I learned of Emma through a common connection with ASON, Int. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have experienced the pain of immediate loss of an accident with a sister & dad. It is difficult. Will be and have been praying for you as you grief the loss of a daughter & sister. Thank you for honoring her memory through memorials to ASON and her love for the Dominican. God is with you.

    Janet Brandli
    New Life Alliance Church
    Cornell, WI

  24. Teri Lachermeier

    Thank you for sharing Emma with all of us. She certainly made a difference in this world. I know God must have a wonderful plan for her in Heaven. She was a blessing to all! My son Garrett thought the world of her.

  25. Deanna Marshall

    I am soooo sad to here about the loss of your precious daughter…My heart is in prayer for comfort…I am sooo sorry!!

  26. Joanne C. Mueller

    Tears in my eyes plus old age have made it so my post did not go through….I could not read the code. Will cc and paste below and try new code….

    Dear Kathy, Dan and Ben: A special friend of mine wrote: “God has welcomed a very special angel in heaven,” in response to my sharing news story and video tribute about your precious “Emma!”

    While I do believe this to be true, I know there are really no words or actions that can penetrate the pain(s) that are and will remain so heavy in your hearts and minds…..

    We are praying you each will find peace each time you feel Emma’s presence and recall all of the wonderful times spent together.

    We love you!!! Jo and Bud 176be

  27. Kim Bruhn

    Dan, Kathy and Ben
    We are so deeply saddened for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family…
    Steve, Kim and Hunter Bruhn

  28. Craig Hayes

    A bright light has gone out, she is with Andrew in heaven. Love you much.

  29. Jessica Handt

    I did not know your Emma but I to lost a daughter named Emma. My Emma was only 2 but the age of losing a child does not matter. My heart goes out to you all! You will be in my prayers. Lean on your faith! Jesus has his arms wrapped around all of you.

  30. Marilyn Mueller

    Kathy, Dan, and Ben Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of Emma. She was a very special girl. People still remember her very busily taking pictures at my 80th.

  31. Patty McLain

    Dear Rodelius Family:
    I just wanted to lift you up in thoughts and prayers; I am a Mother and I am so sorry for your loss, may God comfort you during this time of need.

  32. Ronna Hoglund

    Dan, Kathy, and Ben,
    We are grieving with you today as your family gathers to say “goodbye” to Emma, and to say “we will see you when we get to heaven”. Sending our love to each of you at a very difficult time in your lives. Our prayers for you will continue as the days pass by. Hugs to everyone, Tim and Ronna Hoglund

  33. Regina Barr

    Dear Dan, Kathy & Ben-
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your beloved Emma. I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

    Regina Barr


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