Emma Pearl Petrosky, 96, died on September 22, 2021. She was born on November 3, 1924 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania to the late Thomas and Esther Wilcox MacLaren. Emma was a loving mother and grandmother to her family and wonderful, faithful friend to many. She was a very devout Catholic and a member of Saint Catharine of Sienna Parish, Columbus, Ohio for nearly 70 years. Emma believed in the power of prayer every day and often encouraged her family and friends to “pray for a miracle.” She was generous to many charitable causes and missions, and was a 33-year volunteer with over 5,000 volunteer hours to Mount Carmel East Hospital. She served her country in World War II as an inspector of casings for incendiary bombs and 20 mm shells. In recognition of her service, she is enshrined in the honor rolls of both the World War II Museum in Washington, DC and in New Orleans, LA. Emma was retired from the Columbus City Auditor’s office after 30 years of service. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Stanley L. Petrosky, Sr. and son Stanley L. Petrosky III. She was also predeceased by siblings Thomas MacLaren, Margaret Rager, Isabel Mikolic, Robert MacLaren, Mary Esther Mussmon, Albert MacLaren, Perry MacLaren, William MacLaren, and Helen Horn. Surviving are her children Cheryl (Robert) Flocken, Philip (Margaret) Petrosky, and James (Linda) Petrosky; daughter-in-law Ida Petrosky; grandchildren Deniece (Russell) Leichtenberger, Donna Miller, Christopher (Tabitha) Flocken, Alayna Cann, Sarah Flocken, Jennifer Petrosky, Matthew Petrosky, Andrea Petrosky, Jimmy Petrosky, Heather (Garrett) Post and several great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Friends may call Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 East Broad Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catharine of Sienna Church, 500 S. Gould Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43209, with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Emma’s family thanks the staff of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor for the care provided to Emma since late February 2017, and comfort care provided by Mount Carmel Hospice staff since July 2019. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Catharine St. Vincent DePaul program, Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, 5199 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43213; Mount Carmel Hospice 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215; or charity of choice.
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