Emily “Honey” Amberg

Emily “Honey” Amberg, of Prior Lake, passed away May 5, 2019 at the age of 93. A visitation will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant St. SE) in Prior Lake. Mass of Christian Burial is Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation one-hour prior at St. Michael Catholic Church (16400 Duluth Ave. SE) in Prior Lake. Father Tom Walker will preside, and Emily’s grandchildren will act as pallbearers. She will be laid to rest at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Prior Lake.

Frank & Lucy (Majnaric) Marincel celebrated the birth of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth Marincel, on November 19, 1925. She was the eighth of ten children and was very close to her siblings. Honey’s parents were immigrants from Croatia. They settled on the outskirts of Mountain Iron, Minnesota, in a small neighborhood of their Croatian friends and relatives, which was informally called The Hill. Emily was always very connected to her Croatian heritage. Honey was very small when her father died. She was always very close to her mother who taught her the importance of family.

As a girl, Honey was on the swim team. After graduating from Mountain Iron High School, Honey began working as a bank teller. She continued living at home to look after her mother.

During this time, she met a nice young man named Gene Amberg. He was a truck driver doing some work in town. Honey was very impressed that he wasn’t only nice to her, but also treated her mother so well. Gene and Honey quickly fell in love, and were married. Emily’s family grew with the addition of Gene’s children and eventually eight grandchildren who she loved so much.

After spending a few years in California, Gene & Emily moved back to Minnesota and settled in Prior Lake. They quickly became involved in the community and church. Emily had a servant’s heart and loved to donate her time and talents at St. Michael’s. She was on the funeral luncheon committee, a money counter, in the Single Seniors and Golden Agers groups. She was also a long-time member of a prayer group. Emily was so close to the members of her Cursillo group; they were like family to her.

In her free time, Honey loved gardening. She could grow anything and was blessed with a green thumb. She also was an excellent cook. Honey was known for making traditional Croatian dishes, but everyone LOVED her Potica (sweet bread). Emily also loved to travel. She and Gene took road trips all over the country. They loved visiting family and friends, and they always had a wonderful time.

When Gene passed away in 1999, Emily spent more time with her extended family and friends. Emily had many dear friends and really invested in relationships. She was a trusted aunt to all the Marincel nieces & nephews. She was also the connection back to family in Croatia and interested in genealogy. Over the years, Honey made several trips to Croatia. She was a wonderful wife, step-mom, grandma and aunt. But one of the most important relationships in her life was with her mother. Honey cared for her elderly mother at the end of her life. They spent countless hours sharing stories, and Honey authored a book titled, Mother’s Memoirs.

Throughout her life, Emily was enormously hospitable. She was so welcoming and generous to everyone she met. You were always greeted with a cheerful smile and a hug. She was very bright and had a terrific, dry sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Emily is survived by daughters, Sharon McGuire & Carol Wegscheid; grandchildren, Steven McGuire, Patrick McGuire, Curtis McGuire, John Joseph McGuire, Timothy Wegscheid, Jennifer Wegscheid, Michael “Kip” Amberg, Nicole Amberg; many nieces & nephews, cousins and other loving relatives.

She was greeted in Heaven by her husband, Gene Amberg; parents, Frank & Lucy Marincel; siblings, Matt Marincel, Anne Dixon, Mary Frye, Jennie Arimond, George Marincel, Fran Thornton, Frank “Sonny” Marincel and two infant brothers.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation proudly serves the Amberg & Marincel families.

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  1. Ashleigh Sullivan

    My dearest Godmother. I know you are with my Godfather in heaven. You were the most faithful woman to Our Lord. Thank you for always praying for all of us poor souls. I hope to be as half a good woman you were. Will always love you.

  2. Bev and Tim Ostertag

    Emily was an amazing woman with a beautiful faith. She was a generous, loving, kind, dedicated woman. She was a wonderful Cursillo friend to us. She will be dearly missed.

  3. Jaselta Lorenz

    Reading Emily’s “Honey’s” Obituary and Story brings back a multitude of Memories of my hometown, Mt Iron, “the hill”, the Marincel Family, especially, Lucy, Honey, Fran, and Sonny. All very close Friends of our family, John and Mary Bianchi, Jaselta “Jay” and John. I remember when Gene Amberg came to Mt Iron and Emily and he started dating and married. I recently realized that I didn’t hear from Honey at Chritsmas and I missed her. For those of you who are family cherish the memories of your relationship with “Honey” and may her spirit for loving service live on through each of you. Jaselta “Jay” Bianchi-Lorenz

  4. So sorry to hear about Emily’s passing. Whenever I had the opportunity to be in her presence, it was total blessing. I felt so noticed and accepted by her. She knew she was a child of God and treated all as if they were.

  5. Tanja and Michael Daubner

    We are deeply saddened and disconsolate over the loss of our beloved aunt Honey.
    All our thoughts are with you. Cousin Tanja and Michael

  6. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

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