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Erma M. Gerken, 91

Erma Martha Gerken, 91, of Red Wing died on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at St. Crispin Living Community-Seminary Home.

Erma was born in Hay Creek Township on Sept. 28, 1925, to Edwin and Alvina (Hadler) Strusz. As a child, she moved to Featherstone Township and attended school in Featherstone. Erma worked as a homemaker and at the Red Wing Shoe Company. She married Herbert Gerken on Aug. 31, 1946, in Featherstone Township. The couple began farming together in Hartland Township in Pierce County and later in Hay Creek Township. In 1955, they moved to Featherstone Township and farmed there until their retirement. She moved to Red Wing in 2000. Erma was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking and playing cards.

Erma is survived by her children, Ronald (Jane) Gerken of Red Wing, Ardis (Dennis) Weigand of Theresa, Wis., Sandra Meyer of St. Cloud, and Beverly (Michael) Watson of Wabasha; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; one brother, Elroy (Shirley) Strusz of Zumbrota; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one brother Reynold Strusz.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Red Wing with Reverend Peter Sternberg officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Burnside Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to St. John's School or church.

Funeral arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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