Emily Loos Maier, deeply loved by so many, left this world on August 7, 2019. “Do your best!” was her frequent encouragement, and she herself followed that advice, whether in times that were joyous or times that were difficult.
In April 1967, Sylvia and George Loos were delighted to welcome Emily into their growing family. When Emily arrived home from Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ, she was greeted by her two older sisters, who instantly adored her. She was quickly joined by an additional two brothers and two sisters. Emily loved to cuddle with her younger siblings and would hug them tightly as she rocked them back and forth. The gang spent their formative years in Parsippany, NJ, where they made fast friends with a slew of neighborhood kids, many of whom attended St. Peter the Apostle School and Church alongside Emily and her siblings.
When George’s career pulled the family to North Wales, PA, Em switched schools in her high school freshman year. Lansdale Catholic High School turned out to be a true gift, as she met friends that she kept for life. With parents who believed that college was essential, Em next found herself at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, where with more new friends she explored city living. After graduation, she applied her intelligence, diligence, and love of science to a job as a medical lab technician.
For Em, the stars aligned on March 24, 1995, when at the Dickens Inn in Philadelphia she met Michael Maier, tall, smiling, low key, and someone who was smitten by her do-your-best philosophy and so much more.
In 1996, Emily graduated with an MBA from St. Joseph’s University, intent on delving further into the health sciences with additional perspective—while soundly winning a bet with her brother. She loved learning and would pass that on to her children.
Emily and Mike married in 1997, starting a whole new adventure together. Living first in Hockessin, DE, they were joined in 1999 by their daughter, Maddie, and then son Michael (2002). From there, the young family moved to Kennett Square, PA, where they welcomed Erik (2006). Husband and kids were the precious nucleus of Em’s life. Emily loved cheering on Mike’s alma mater, the US Naval Academy, in all arenas. In the lead-up to Army-Navy games, the Maier and Cawley families engaged in intense and intensely silly pranks, taking the football rivalry to new heights. Emily shouted her lungs out at Eagles games and her kids’ soccer, football, lacrosse, and rowing competitions; and she relaxed in the shady hammock on “the Point” at their Maryland bay house—sharing and inspiring love, and always generously inviting others to join in at every step.
Emily was active in her children’s schools, particularly Hillendale Elementary, where she twice served as PTO president. Those school communities, as well as Mike’s coworkers plus neighbors and so many other friends and extended family, provided immense support to the Maiers, especially over the last five months. For this, Emily was sincerely grateful, as is her family.
Emily was gracious, curious, and generous toward everyone—everyone—she met: from parking attendants to the radiology technician to the plumber to the chief physician. She knew all of their names, what teams they rooted for, and where they were from. Each year, too, for more than a decade, Emily remembered Nurses Week by sending cookies to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman Center in recognition of the care they provide all patients.
Emily is survived by her husband and three children, and her brothers and sisters—Pamela Loos, Margaret Kieffer (Joseph Kieffer), George (Cathy Loos), Ted (Kasey Manwaring Loos), Cecilia, and Katherine Major (David Major)—and a host of extended family.
Visitation will take place on Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., followed by Christian Mass at 2:00 p.m
Immediately following Mass, there will be an additional visitation with family and a celebration of life, both at Hartefeld Golf Club, One Hartefeld Drive, Avondale, PA 19311. Visitation will end at 6:30 p.m., and the celebration will continue until 9:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Emily had asked that donations be made to the HEADstrong Foundation (headstrong.org).
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