Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 16, 2014

Emmaline Christena Drobena

COPEMISH — Emmaline Christena Drobena, 87, of Copemish, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at The Maples in Frankfort, where she had been residing for the last four years.

Emmaline was born Nov. 17, 1926, to Rufus and Elsie (Mattson) Baker of Muskegon. Em was a quiet, loving, and caring person who loved watching the birds and squirrels at their feeders. Emmaline and Orival Rossell, who preceded her in death, were co-owners of the Copemish Tavern for 17 years. They raised four girls, Yvonne (Dale) Long of Traverse City, Joanne (Rod) Elmore of Farwell, Shirley Ann Ewing (Joe Pine) of Ann Arbor, and Connie (Mark) Tiffany of Buford, Ga.

Em was a life member of the Eastern Stars of the Benzie Area Chapter #4050ES, Honor, Mich. She was also a member of the First Congregational Church in Thompsonville for 40 years and a Sunday School Teacher for many years.

On Oct. 17, 1975, James Drobena and Emmaline were married and have spent 38 happy years together. Her husband James will miss her. Emmaline is also survived by two sisters, Violet and Patricia; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Emmaline was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert; and sisters, May and Rose.

Memorial services will be conducted by Rev. Daniel Henke at the First Congregational Church in Thompsonville on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held by the family at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Final interment will be in Cleon Township Cemetery at a later date.

Please visit Emmaline’s personal book of memories page at to share a photo or story with the family.

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.

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