Emmagene Zarifis

October 29, 2017

Emmagene (Huffer) Aitkens Zarifis, 91, of rural Michigantown, died at 5:20 p.m. October 29, 2017 at Wesley Manor.  She was born August 30, 1926 in Forest Township of Clinton County to Paris K. & Retta Lucetta (Ratcliff) Huffer. She was first married to Glenn A. Harshbarger.  She later married Paul M. Aitkens on July 20, 1963 and he preceded her in death on April 25, 1987.   She then married Paul H. Zarifis on April 8, 1988 and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2007.

Mrs. Zarifis was 1944 graduate of Rossville High School and a graduate of Huffer Beauty School.  She was a longtime Clinton County resident except for 3 years in Oakridge Tennessee.  Emmagene was a beautician for Huffer Beauty Shop and worked at P.R. Mallory for 10 years.  She attended Union Baptist Church.  She later became a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frankfort and was a member of the Ladies of Charity and The Rosary Society.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers and traveling.  Emmagene traveled many places including; Africa, Canada, Tanzania, Istanbul, Athens, Europe, Mexico and the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery.

Survived by:

3 Daughters: Judith Ann Crum of Michigantown, Beverly Kay (Joseph) Harmon of Kokomo, Janice Lee (Byron) Wolfe of Rossville, Daughter-in-Law: Janis Harshbarger of Kirklin, Step-Daughter: Darlene Zarifis of Indianapolis, Step-Son: Michael (Karen) Zarifis of Bourbonnais, Ill., 12 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren and several Great Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Betty Christine Harshbarger, son, William Glenn Harshbarger Sr. and step-son, Dr. Gavin Aitkens.


Leave your Condolences

5 Condolences for “Emmagene Zarifis”

  1. GM Drake October 31, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Emmagene Zarifis. May the soul of Emmagene be at peace with her Heavenly Father.

    George and Mary Zarifis Drake, and son George Michael; Cedar Park, Texas

  2. Phil & Gloria Crum October 31, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Sincere sympathies for Emmagene’s family.

  3. Melissa Harshbarger November 1, 2017 at 1:12 am

    To my three oldest sisters, may God keep you close. May your mother receive God’s greatest blessings. Prayers for you and your families.

  4. John and Kathy Cross November 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Judy, so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Robin S. (Huffer) D’Agostino November 2, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    To all the family of Emmagene (Huffer) Zarifis:

    Sorry for your loss. She will be sadly missed.

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