Emily J. Arvig, 56

Emily J. Arvig, age 56 of Melrose, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Friday, May 18, 2012 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Art Hoppe officiating and Rev. Roger Klassen, O.S.B. and Rev. Marvin Enneking concelebrating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

Emily Jean Berscheit was born November 19, 1955 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota to Ernest and Virginia (Honaker) Berscheit. She grew up on a dairy farm near Grey Eagle and graduated from Grey Eagle High School in 1973. She furthered her education by receiving her diploma from Alexandria Technical School in Alexandria. She was united in marriage to Thomas “Tom” Arvig on December 1, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple renewed their wedding vows on June 20, 1992 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. Emily worked and helped run the family business at Melrose Telephone Company, which had been in the family for over 80 years. The couple loved traveling in their early years and later, Emily was content and enjoyed staying home to take care of her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was baptized in the Catholic faith and had most recently been attending Faith Baptist Church in Sauk Centre.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Arvig of Melrose; son, Scott (Sara) Arvig of Grey Eagle; daughter, Elisabeth Arvig Kuhns of Melrose; mother, Virginia Berscheit of Melrose; grandchildren, Vanessa, Victoria, Alexander, Myra, Silas, Claire, and Lynn; brothers and sisters, Michelle Doucette of Burtrum, Larry (Kathy) Berscheit of Golden Valley, Rita (Ken) Ritter of Sauk Centre, Jerry (Fely) Berscheit of Ramsey, Linda (Mark) Berens of Grey Eagle, Ari (T.J.) Trollen of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, Lisa (Dave) Rahn of Melrose, Paul (Lynne) Berscheit of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and Ronnie Berscheit of New Munich.

Emily was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Berscheit.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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