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Erna B. Pawelk

Erna B. Pawelk, age 89 of New Germany, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000, at Elim Home, Watertown.

Erna was born Jan. 1, 1911, at Mayer, Minn., the daughter of Emil O. and Etta A. (Boehner) Goethke. She was baptized March 13, 1911, at Zion Lutheran Church, Mayer, by the Rev. F. W. Erthal; and confirmed by the same April 5, 1925.

On Feb. 5, 1933, Erna married Herbert H. Pawelk at Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage, Waconia, by the Rev. William Schneider.

Erna was a loving wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She and her husband, Herbert, farmed in Camden Twp. until June 1982, when they moved to New Germany.

She was a former member of St. Mark Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.

Erna was also very active in the New Germany Senior Citizens group, and was a caregiver to friends at the apartment complex in New Germany.

Erna was preceded in death by her husband Herbert; daughter-in-law, Lois Pawelk; parents, Emil and Etta Goethke; and a baby brother, in infancy.

She is survived by son, James Pawelk and fiance, Arlene Steinborn, of New Germany; daughter and son-in-law, Valeria and Vernon Kuerschner of Elmhurst, Ill.; grandchildren: Kevin Pawelk, Cheryl and Stuart Stahlke, Vaughn and Diane Kuerschner, Dawn Kuerschner, Timonty and Tracey Kuerschner, and Joel Kuerschner; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Shauntel, Erich, Megan, Zachary, and Madelynn.

Erna is further survived by sisters, Lillian Schroeder of Watertown, Violet Luebke of Waconia, and Audrey Carlson of Mayer; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, 1 p.m., at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, with the Rev. Vicar Allen Holthaus officiating. Interment followed at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery, New Germany.

Casket bearers were Erna's grandchildren, Kevin Pawelk, Cheryl Stahlke, Vaughn Kuerschner, Dawn Kuerschner, Timothy Kuerschner, and Joel Kuerschner.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.

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