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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Wednesday March 6th, 2013

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Erna Christina Ziegler

Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Organist ~ Dorothy Bietz
Congregational Hymns
“Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”
“Just a Closer Walk With Thee”
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Zion Choir ~ “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
Clinton Jerke
Randolph Jerke
Rudolph Jerke
Verlyn Jerke
Melvin Kepplinger
Glenn Ziegler
Erna Christina Jerke was born on Tuesday, September 30, 1924, on a farm southwest of Kaylor, South Dakota. She was the youngest child of Henry and Christina (Geiszler) Jerke. She was baptized on October 19, 1924 at the Posthal Lutheran Church by Rev. Koeppel and confirmed on May 12, 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland, by Rev. Em Fuchs. Erna attended and graduated from the Geishirt School which was southwest from the homeplace. Her teen years were spent at home where she helped her parents with the farm and house work.
On September 30, 1945, Erna married Edwin Eltor Ziegler at the Emanual Lutheran Church in Kaylor, South Dakota. They then lived and operated the Ziegler Homestead Farm northwest of Kaylor until 1980. At that time, they started and operated a grocery store in Kaylor until 1991, when they closed it and fully retired to their home in Kaylor. Erna and Edwin were blessed with five daughters: Charlene, LouAnn, Cheryl, Ellen and Lisa.
During her life, Erna kept busy caring for her children and helping her husband with the farm work and at the store. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, quilting and visiting with friends (especially coffee time in Kaylor.) Prior to her marriage, Erna was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kaylor where she taught Sunday school. After her marriage, she was a member of the Dennewitz Lutheran Church until it closed and they again became members of Emanuel Lutheran in Kaylor. In 1970, they joined Zion Lutheran Church in Scotland. There Erna sang in the choir for many years, helped with quilting and was also active in the women’s organization.
Due to Edwin’s ill health, they moved to Luther Manor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in December of 2005. Upon Edwin’s death in February of 2007, Erna became a permanent resident of the Good Samaritan Home in Scotland. Erna passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, having attained the age of 88 years, 4 months and 29 days.
Erna is survived by her five daughters: Charlene Ziegler of Simpsonville, Kentucky, LouAnn Ziegler, Cheryl Ziegler, Ellen Smook and Lisa (Jeff) Ducheneaux, all of Sioux Falls; two granddaughters: Evelynn and Madelyn Ducheneaux; a brother, Richard (Lula) Jerke and a sister-in-law, Velda Jerke, all of Parkston.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, on February 26, 2007; a son in infancy; her parents; six brothers: Alfred (Lorinda), Arthur (Viola), Bernhard (Anna), Hugo (Ella), Eugene (Violet), and Emil; one sister, Frieda (Bernard) Grosz; and son-in-law, Thomas Smook.

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I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that my prayers are with you all you ladies and your families. God is with you. Your Mom was a wonderful person.

Diane Cabalka Nicholson Mar 8 2013 5:45 PM

Ziegler Girls...my thoughts and prayers go to you. May God wrap his arms around each of you and you find comfort knowing your mom is celebrating a wonderful life.

Carol Suurmeier-Buchmann Mar 6 2013 9:42 AM

To all the Ziegler girls and extended family: we (I especially) remember your mother beginning with the years of my employment in Kaylor. And, of course, I had the pleasure of working with a couple of you. Your mother was always so full of life and fun. I can still hear her laugh. In the later years we would visit when the Scotland Community Choir would do its Easter marathon of performances--the Good Friday performance at the Springfield prison. And still, there was that smile and that laugh. Mothers are very special and I know that you will all hold her in your hearts and her memories will remain alive in you minds. Please know that we keep you all in our prayers at this time. She is able to celebrate an early Easter with your father. Blessings~

Ken & Jeanne Varilek Mar 5 2013 6:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. It is always difficult to lose someone we love but know she is at peace in God's care. I have such fond memories of Erna from choir and circle meetings. She was such a joy to be around. May God comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Janet Bauder Mar 5 2013 7:18 AM

Our sympathy and prayers to all the family. We shared many good times in Kaylor with your parents, many good memories. She will be missed.

David and Bunny Eberhardt Mar 4 2013 9:01 AM

Hello Ladies - I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I enjoyed seeing her and seeing you all when my dad was in the Nursing Home in Scotland. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Connie (Diede) Oringderff Mar 4 2013 6:57 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I know what a difficult time this can be. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie Irvine Mar 4 2013 6:51 AM

My mom, Liz Raabe, got to know your parents during their stay at Luther Manor--she always enjoyed visiting with them and still asks about your mom. It is with heavy heart I share the news of her passing. May you find strength in your faith, family & friends during this difficult time. Treasure the memories you made together-they are gifts only she could give each of you. Love/hugs/prayers--Liz Raabe & Linda Baltzer Ulmer

Linda Baltzer Ulmer Mar 4 2013 5:49 AM

My sincere sympathy to all of the girls and family with the loss of Erna. She was a great room mate when my mother was in the home, and I enjoyed visiting with you girls when being with your mother. God Bless You All.

Lynn Buechler Mar 3 2013 8:15 PM

We send our sincere sympathy to all of the girls and their families with the loss of Erna--a wonderful lady. We remember singing in Community Choir with her a few years ago, Kaylor 4-H, and Kaylor softball games. What an up-beat lady! Blessings to all of the family.---Ferne and Marvin Baltzer, Scotland

Ferne and Marvin Baltzer Mar 3 2013 7:28 PM

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