Erna Mary (Hamm) Borgschatz — Pine Island

Erna Mary (Hamm) Borgschatz, 94, of Pine Island, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Pine Haven Care Center where she had been a resident since October 2010.

The funeral service will be Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island, with Pastor Kip Groettum officiating. Burial will be in Zumbrota Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Erna Mary Barchent was born April 30, 1919, to Herman and Mary (nee Meyer) Barchent in Fillmore County, Wykoff. She married Rudolph Hamm on Oct. 30, 1937, in Wykoff. The couple farmed various farms in Fillmore, Olmsted and Goodhue counties. Rudy passed away Feb. 2, 1962. Erna married Ed Borgschatz in Pine Island on Dec. 19, 1970, where they resided until the time of his death on June 13, 1995.

Erna was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was a longstanding member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Pine Island as well as a member of the Pine Island Senior Citizens Group. Her interests included quilting, especially making quilts tops for charity, playing cards and collecting bird figurines.

Erna is survived by sons, Jerry (Karen) Hamm of Chatfield, Albert (Charlotte) Hamm of Orlando, Fla., and Phillip (Sandy) Hamm of Muskego, Wis.; daughters, Violet (William) Hostetler and Rose Barry, both of Rochester, Lily (James) Walsh of Plainview and Nancy (Dean) Streiff of Twin Valley. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are stepchildren, Marge (Rod) Welch of Chatfield, Verona (Clifford) Prigge of Rochester, Linda (Earl) LaVan of Hartley, Iowa, and Bernard (Rose) Borgschatz of Byron; as well as many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.

Along with her husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant son; a son, James Hamm; grandsons, Roger Hamm, Ronald Hamm and Blaine Gullickson; one step-son, Raymond Borgschatz; one step-daughter, Virginia Herrick; one step-great-grandson; and sisters, Mildred Johnson and Frances Freimark.

Memorials are suggested to St. Croix Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home – Mahler Chapel in Pine Island.