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Erma Bowe

September 17, 1934 — June 29, 2022

Chippewa Falls

Erma Evelyn Bowe, 87, went home to her Lord on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022.

Erma was born September 17, 1934, in Bloomer, WI to Ernest and Josephine (Hetke) Oldenberg. Erma married Herbert D. Bowe on December 3, 1976, and resided in the Town of Tilden until moving to Dove Rutledge Home.

Erma attended Pine Corner School and Bloomer High School. She worked in Bloomer, Kaukauna, Appleton and Chippewa Falls. She was a long-time employee of the First National Bank which later became M & I Bank in Chippewa Falls.

She was a long-time member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls. After retiring from the bank, Erma volunteered time at the Church office.

Erma enjoyed many things in life. She liked to travel with her Husband Herb, playing cards, visiting with friends and going to the YMCA for water exercise class. Above all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Wayne (Vicky) Nehring of Eau Claire, Thomas (Carla) Steinmetz of Chippewa Falls and Michael Steinmetz of New Auburn; stepdaughter, Debra (Glen) Larson of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Travis Harnish, Garrett Larson, Krista Raleigh, Jake Steinmetz, Keri Jo Hodd, Melissa Carrell, Jennifer Meyer and Lori Cooper; 12 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Judith (Dick) Lewis of New Auburn; brother-in-law, Dennis Sherrick of Bloomer and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Herbert; her parents, Ernest and Josephine Oldenberg; brother Lloyd Oldenberg; sister, Eunice Sherrick; special cousins, Beatrice Johnson and Ruth Hetke.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday July 1, 2022 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel. Pastor Karen Behling will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Visitation will be held beginning at 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Erma can be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Dove Rutledge Resident Council Activity Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Dove Rutledge Home and St. Joseph’s Hospice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, July 1, 2022

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Pederson - Volker Funeral Chapel (Chippewa Falls)

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Funeral Service

Friday, July 1, 2022

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WI

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Committal

Friday, July 1, 2022

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