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Erna M. L. Bottger

March 10, 1925 — February 18, 2016

Erna Marie Louise (Henschke) Bottger, 90, of Wayne, Nebraska passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne, NE. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield, NE; with Pastor Terry Makelin officiating. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016 at Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, NE with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Wakefield City Cemetery in Wakefield, NE. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, NE. Erna was born March 10, 1925 to Adolph and Dora (Frevert) Henschke in rural Wakefield, NE. On March 3, 1945 she married Erwin Bottger at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Wakefield. She sold Avon products and worked as a cook at the Thurston School. Erna enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, painting, cleaning, writing and sending letters, and talking on the phone. She also enjoyed cooking and traveling to see other parts of the country. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. Erna is survived by her grandchildren, Lori (Ron) Obermeyer of Sioux Falls, SD and their children Kody and Kyra Obermeyer, Gary Anderson of Lincoln, NE, Mindy (Richard) Staveteig of Thompson, ND, and their children Christopher and Lincoln Staveteig, Kassi (Tyler) Bayless of Seattle, WA; brother, Paul (Arlene) Henschke of Wayne, NE; son-in-law, Jerry Anderson of Wakefield, NE; and many nieces and nephews. Erna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Erwin Bottger, and daughter, Edith Anderson.


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