, Salem, MA

July 10, 2013

Gertrude J. Emery, 84

IPSWICH — Gertrude J. (Buturla) Emery, 84, of Town Farm Road, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in her home, following her sudden illness. She was the wife of the late Thomas B. Emery, who died in 1987.

Born in Ipswich on December 3, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Augustus J. and Victoria M. (Karol) Buturla. She was raised in Ipswich, and was a 1946 graduate of the former Whipple High School.

Married in 1960 in the former Sacred Heart Church of Ipswich, the Emerys made their homes in Alaska, Ohio, California, North Dakota, North Carolina, Montanai and in 1965, returning to and settling in Ipswich. In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Emery was employed as the first cook and manager at Caroline Avenue Food Services, Ipswich, for 20 years until her retirement.

She is survived by three sons, Thomas B. Emery and his wife, Juana, of Beverly, John E. Emery and his wife, Mischo, of Okinawa, Japan, James C. Emery of Wakefield; four grandchildren, Tamara and Christopher Emery, both of Beverly, Kana and Nana Emery, both of Okinawa; a nephew, John Los Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y.; a niece Virginia Wescott of Beverly; seven great-nephews and great-nieces. She was the sister of the late Anna Los, Stella Buturla, Anthony Buturla, and infant Victor Buturla, all formerly of Ipswich.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. An hour of visitation will precede the service on Saturday, from 9 to 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit