Emily was sixth sibling from a family of nineteen. She was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Old Harbor to Rolf (Nooken) Christiansen and Alexandria (Sasha) Christiansen. She lived in Old Harbor throughout her childhood until she left to go to school at Mt. Edgecumbe.
After returning to Old Harbor, she met and married Alfred Cratty Sr. Later in life, she married her beloved Johnny Bigioli, who passed in 1991.
Emily was spiritual and devoted to church. Her first language was Alutiiq and English was her second.
Emily was instrumental in the continuing Alutiiq language instruction at Old Harbor School. She was also a gifted basket weaver and crocheter. Emily loved her grandchildren and her gardening.
She was the type of person who was the first to offer help and lend a caring hand. Because of her illness, she has been in the Kodiak Care Center for the past three years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Johnny; parents Rolf and Sasha Christiansen; brothers Tim, Freddie, Willie, Rolf, Andy and Jack; sisters Fedosia and Lisa; and grandchildren Jarod Cratty, David Capjohn Jr., Kayne Ashouwak and Trenton Tunohun.
She is survived by her brothers Carl (Darlene), Harold (Mary), Emil (MaryDale), Oscar Christiansen (Bonnie) and Allen Christiansen; sisters Mary Haakenson, Jenny Robbins (Ron), Lucy Thibert, Lisa Cooper (Gene), Wilma Burns (Rick) and Violet Gronn (Carl); children Mary Jean Ashouwak, Alfred Cratty Jr. (Jonetta), Terry Cratty Sr (Tammy), Linda Suydam (Steven), Freddie Christiansen (Glenna), Lisa Ann Christiansen, Rolf Christiansen (Lorena) and Stepson John Cratty (Dana); grandchildren Emily Jean and Irene Capjohn, Veronica and Flossie Ashouwak, Everett Grass, Christy Mensoff, Michael Tunahun, Ashley and Alfred Cratty IV, TJ, Aaron, Shelley, Bianca and Leandra Cratty, Chantel Grubb, Taelyr, Bradley, Gracie and Brookelyne Aga, Gary Jr. and Luke Lester, Stefanie Whitbeck, Summer Suydam, Serena Cratty and Levi Suydam, Ron Shugak, Tarrissa and Billie Jean Christiansen, Ivan Christiansen, Almila and Robert Reed, Gwendolyn Christiansen and their spouses. She also had numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
A short prayer was held at the Russian Orthodox church at 4:30 p.m. July 11, 2012. A church service and burial were scheduled for Friday in Old Harbor, weather permitting.