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Erma Mae Schwab, 75

Dec 12, 2014

Bass Lake Erma Mae “Elizabeth Ann” Schwab, age 75, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. Rev. Dr. Mark Wilms officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Erma was born April 10, 1939, in Blue Earth, the daughter of Otis and Mildred (Peterson) Hougen. She attended Elmore School until ninth grade and finished her high school education at Blue Earth High School, graduating in 1957. She went to work for Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company (BEVCOMM) for over 30 years, retiring in 2001.

She married the love of her life Jonas “Bud” Schwab on July 14, 1962 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Earth, officiated by Rev. Arling Thompson. The couple were married 52 amazing years. From this love were born five children: Todd, Damon, Brent, Chad and Erin. Erma enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, time with her grandchildren and all the great times with her Bass Lake family.

Erma is survived by her husband, Jonas “Bud” Schwab, of Winnebago; sons, Todd Schwab, of Cambridge, Damon (Nunpa) Schwab, of Rhododendron, Ore., Brent (Patty) Schwab, of Loretto, Chad (Rachel) Schwab, of Minneapolis; daughter, Erin Schwab (Ryan Belau), of St. Peter; grandchildren: Darin (Katie) Engelby, of Roseville, Natice Schwab, of New Hope, Anna, Eva, Ian, Elijah and Alexandria Schwab; sister, Beverly (Frank) Kitzman, of St. Claire; sisters?in?law, Jean Hougen, of Blue Earth, and Verla Weitzel, of Blue Earth; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Hougen; sisters, Marvis Northwick, Mavis Anderson, Nylene Holmseth; brothers-in-law: Mike Northwick, Andy Anderson and Laurice Holmseth.

Erma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of memorial donations to United Hospital District Home Health and Hospice.