LaMae M. Erler, 91, of West Concord, died after a brief illness on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Circle Drive Manor surrounded by her loving family.
She was born May 23, 1929, in Kenyon, the daughter of Stanley and Lillian (Swelland) Markuson. LaMae was baptized as an infant at her home and was confirmed on November 14, 1943 at Hauge Lutheran Church in Kenyon. LaMae graduated from Kenyon High School in 1947. On August 16, 1953, she married Harold Erler at Hauge Lutheran Church. From that time on the couple farmed together until moving to West Concord in 1987. The most important part of LaMae’s life was her family and taking care of others. Her gift was hosting events for her family and friends and making sure they always had something to eat. LaMae loved spending time with her grandchildren and took pride in attending their activities throughout the years. She enjoyed playing games including Uno, Bingo and spoons. LaMae also enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking and crocheting. She created many doilies and baby afghans especially for her grandchildren. LaMae was a member of the Minnesota Club and a 60-year member of the West Concord American Legion Auxiliary serving in various offices and president for five years. She was also a member of Moland Lutheran Church where she was active in WELCA. LaMae later attended Faith Community Church in West Concord.
She is survived by her children, Donna (and Larry) Fitzgerald of West Concord; Grant (and Barb) Erler of West Concord, and Bonnie (and Pat) Redican of West Concord; grandchildren, Vanessa (Nick) Haltvick, Grant T. (Sarah) Erler, Allison (Jacob) Rislov, Amber (Jerome) Ryan, Brad (Ashley) Fitzgerald, Haley, Kayce and Travis Redican; great-grandchildren, Preston, Laryssa and Reid Erler, Harrison, Stella, Calvin and Walter Haltvick, Emma and LaMae Rislov, Emelia and Sylas Ryan, and Jameson Fitzgerald; sister, Dorothy Nygren of Zumbrota; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Erler who died on May 5, 2009; angel baby Fitzgerald; sisters, Helen Mogren and Carol Kooiman.
Visitation will be at Faith Community Church in West Concord on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Faith Community Church in West Concord with Pastor David Breederland officiating. Interment will be in the Concord Cemetery in Concord Township. Memorials are preferred to the West Concord Fire and Rescue Department, Concord Cemetery or Faith Community Church in West Concord. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed online at: https://www.wearelivetoday.com/lamae-erler
A while on earth, forever in heaven, and always with God.
LaMae’s family would like to share a special thanks to Circle Drive Manor and Seasons Hospice for their amazing and compassionate care.