Emil Marion Semrad, 84, of Venango passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Friday, December 23, 2022. Emil was born on the family farm in Abie, Nebraska on August 15, 1938, the son of the late Emil V. Semrad and Elsie E. Krca. After graduating from high school, he worked for Massey Ferguson in Nebraska and Iowa for several years before serving in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963. On October 19, 1963, he married Patricia Louise Rock.  He had been employed with Goodea Construction for over thirty years, retiring as a superintendent in 2001. Emil was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Cambridge Springs. He enjoyed gardening and working on tractors and equipment and was able to build and repair anything.

      Emil was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Semrad on January 9, 2009; and sister, Joyce Houser.

     Survivors include daughter, Andrea Bain and her husband David of Middletown, MD; son, Joe Semrad and his wife, Denise of Conneaut Lake; grandson, Derek Bain and his daughter Copelynn; grandson, Adam Bain; brother, John Semrad and his wife, Peggy of Estherville, Iowa; sister, Judy Davis of David City, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.     

Friends are invited to call at Van Matre Funeral Home,Cambridge Springs on Thursday, December 29 from 5-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 30 at 10 am at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Cambridge Springs with Rev. Fr. Mark Nowak officiating. Interment will follow at Venango Cemetery.