August 1997

Pearl Emerling

by Joseph RADDER

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Pearl Emerling knows how to get things done.

This Boston resident, mother of five and grandmother of 13 is a powerhouse of volunteer know-how.

Pearl initiated regular bloodmobile visits to Boston and Colden from the American Red Cross, an organization that holds a special place in her heart and which has benefitted from years of her volunteer service.

Last April, Pearl was selected by the Boston Chamber of Commerce as its citizen of the year—an honor bestowed on her for “striving to promote her community and make it a better place to live.”

Pearl’s recent project was to make the dream of a medical facility in Boston become a reality.

As a member of the Welcome Wagon of Boston, she helps welcome new faces to the community she loves.

Her Sunday visits on behalf of Faith United Church of Christ ensure that the message of a Sunday sermon is available to shut-ins.

Born in 1920, Pearl received her schooling from a one-room schoolhouse in Lake View.

After her children were grown, she earned her college degree from Hilbert in the early ‘70s.

Her zest for helping keeps this “doer” forever young and active.

Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.


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