In loving memory of

Emilie Marie Clemensen
April 9, 1922 - September 8, 2020

Emilie M. Clemensen, 98, of Rochester, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Madonna Towers in Rochester.

Emilie Marie Hospers was born on April 9, 1922 to Jacob and Emma (Knittel) Hospers in Sheldon Iowa. On October 23, 1943 she married Arvid J. Clemensen in Fort Benning, GA. Arvid died in July of 2006.

Emilie attended Sheldon Junior College where she completed an associate degree in education. She was employed by David Agency in Minneapolis, MN where she did clerical insurance work for 50 years. She enjoyed reading and needlework in her free time and was a member of the Colonial Congregational Church in Edina.

Emilie is survived by her daughters, Cathie (Jim) Chester of Fort Myers, FL, Susan (Bob) Boyles of Rochester, MN, and Mary Henry of Centerville, VA; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sisters, Francis Tilgner and Joan Emerson, and 1 brother, John Hospers.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Madonna Towers or the Diabetes Association.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be serving the Clemensen family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit


Sandy J. Molenda wrote on Sep 16, 2020:

"Susan and the Clemensen Family; So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Emilie is a legend at Madonna Towers who will be greatly missed by all her friends, residents and staff here. Know that she was an angel on earth to so many. Thank you for sharing this beautiful lady with us. Sandy Molenda; Madonna Foundation "

Amy O'Hare wrote on Sep 14, 2020:

"I have so many fond memories of Emilie! She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Sending you big HUGS Susan! Amy O'Hare"

Melody Hudson wrote on Sep 10, 2020:

"I am so sorry that your beautiful Mother has left this earth. It is never easy, even when you know it is coming. I would like to share a quote that comforted me after my Mom passed. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." God bless and comfort your family. Melody Hudson"

Melinda Rud wrote on Sep 9, 2020:

"I am so sorry to hear of Emilie?s passing. She was one of the sweetest ladies at Madonna Towers. I loved my visits with her. Please accept my condolences. Love, Melinda Rud"

Marcia Cochran wrote on Sep 9, 2020:

"She was such a sweet as gracious woman ! Please accept my sincere sympathy as you grieve her absence with you in this life."