MANSON – Emily Markert, 32, died peacefully at her home with family and friends by her side on Fri. Aug. 15, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Tues. Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Manson with burial in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday at Larson-Weishaar Funeral Home in Manson with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m.

Emily Marie Markert was born on February 20, 1982 at Lake City, IA, the daughter of Jeffrey Markert and Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Markert. Due to a serious lung condition, Emily began her senior year of high school while hospitalized at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester Minn. She underwent a living related bi-lobar lung transplant on October 15, 1999. Emily recovered from the transplant and she graduated from Manson High School in 2000. She attended I.C.C.C in Ft. Dodge for two years, and graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with her degree in Dietetics. In 2005 Emily faced another set back with her lungs, and received a double lung transplant on February 27th, 2006. Emily then began her career at the Ft. Dodge Correctional Facility in 2006. She was married in 2008 and the marriage ended in divorce. Emily was forced to retire in 2012 due to health problems.

Emily is survived by her mother Liz Markert (Don Howard) and her father Jeffrey Markert (Cindy Andrews); her sister Mary Jo (Dallas) Schechinger and nephew Austin Schechinger of Polk City, IA; brother Kyle Markert of Pomeroy, IA; as well as several aunts and uncles; maternal grandmother Teresa ( Robert) Sexton of Manson, IA; paternal grandparents Jack Markert and Bess (Dale) Deimel all of Manson, IA. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Richard Fitzgerald; aunts Pat Whitlatch, and Connie, uncles Bill and Dave Fitzgerald; and paternal uncle Lynn Markert.

Emily treasured her time spent with family and friends. She enjoyed listening to music, reading and baking. Emily loved to run, dance and go for walks. Emily also was a entry level bird nerd! Emily was especially passionate about increasing awareness of the need for organ donation.

Emily is a perfect example of how to live life with faith in your heart. Her ability to overcome obstacles and persevere in times of hardship inspires us all to always have hope. Her amazing strength and warm smile will never be forgotten. Emily is and always will be a model of humility and courage.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.