Life Story / Obituary
Erna Stutzke, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 30, 2021. Erna was born in Germany on November 6, 1931, daughter of the late Karl and Lydia (nee: Freitag) Sommerfeld.
Erna immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1951. On July 26, 1952, Erna married the love of her life Paul C. Stutzke at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where they were lifelong members. They shared sixty-five beautiful years together before Paul preceded her in death on October 17, 2017. In her spare time, Erna enjoyed the outdoors, tending to her rose garden, feeding the birds, and taking walks with Paul. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, and reading. Erna watched “General Hospital” for fifty-eight years and was a fan of “Jeopardy”, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Judge Judy”. She will be best remembered for her great love and devotion to her family.
Erna will be dearly missed by her children, Carol Stutzke (Larry Lamb), Barbara Stutzke, Jeffrey (Vicki) Stutzke; grandchildren, Jason (Brellyn) Ellenberger, Wyatt (Meekala) Stutzke, Sam Stutzke; great grandchildren, Jason W. Ellenberger, Walker, Wayne and Weston Stutzke; sister, Ella Neumann; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Erna was also preceded in death by her great grandson, Caleb Ellenberger.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday February 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m., with Rev. Nathan Pope officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 pm. To view the service online, you may visit Erna’s page on the funeral home website, www.meredithfuneralhome.com, select services and then Live Stream.
The family extends a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, Dr. Pothan, Carl, Carol, and Tante Ida for all of their loving and compassionate care.