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P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
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Emma Van Nesse

Emma Isabel Van Nesse (Miller)

March 29, 1917 - December 31, 2019
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Emma Isabel Van Nesse, 102, of Bristol, wife of the late Edward Roland Van Nesse, died Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at her home. She was born March 29, 1917 in Bristol, daughter of the late Guastave and Amelia Miller and had been a life long resident of Bristol. Emma was employed at General Electric after raising her family.
In German, the name Emma literally means: healer of the universe. Very few people have the privilege of living beyond the age of 100. Emma, though, at almost 103 created her own complete world of beauty, love, and adventure. Emma’s universe was-and still is-her FAMILY. Emma was a matriarch who could cook up the most delicious macaroni and cheese for everyone to enjoy. Nothing held Emma back. Whether it was a day of shopping, a family party, a donut shop, or a meal out with her friends, Emma was a guaranteed yes-she would light up any gathering with her vibrant spirit. Emma’s example of love, connection, and resilience lives on. Joy can heal all hearts, and Emma, as healer of the universe, shared happiness with her loved ones for over a century.
Emma was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother of ten, great grandmother of fourteen and a great great grandmother of twelve.
Emma is survived by her daughter, Beverly Roberge of Bristol, Ronald Van Nesse and wife Karen of Plantsville, Carol Welch of Bristol, Richard Van Nesse of Morris, Edward Van Nesse and his partner Tony Carlo of Boston, a special nephew David Peplau and many extended family members and friends. Emma was predeceased by a daughter, Dolores Van Nesse, her son-in-law, Paul Roberge and her granddaughter Kimberly Van Nesse, three sisters Edith, Martha, Irene and a brother Walter.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring to celebrate her 103rd birthday. Please visit Emma’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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Luceita Harus

Posted at 07:39pm
To the Van Nesse family from the Salvatore family--We're thinking of you at this sad time and remembering what a wonderful neighbor your Mother was , but also what great friends she and our mother--Ann Salvatore were. I'm sorry I couldn't get to see her as often as I would have liked too, because she was a real lady and right on top of things. You all have our sympathy.

Carolyn Koboski

Posted at 01:35pm
It was a pleasure to spend time with Emma while visiting with Dave ⛪️ Carolyn

Cyndi Dalena

Posted at 11:40am
Carol and Family - Thinking of all of you and sending prayers of comfort and strength during your loss. Emma brought smiles everywhere and her zest for life was always apparent. She shared that with all that she met. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you have of a life well-lived and well-loved.

James Beliveau

Posted at 01:34pm
Dear Carol & Family, My Husband Jim& I send our deepest sympathy Emma was such a special woman I am not at all surprised she lived so long I am so ashamed i only knew her as carol's mom and did not know her as Emma again our deepest sympathy to you all Jim & Norma Beliveau

Laurie Roberge

Posted at 08:57am
Lovely memorial of your Mom.

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