Erma C. Mensing, age 93, of Pine Island, died on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Pine Haven Care Center.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island with Pastor Marie AK Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Othello Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home - Mahler Chapel in Pine Island and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Erma Clara Hoffmann was born on Oct. 2, 1925, in Elgin to Arthur F. and Clara M. (née Siem) Hoffmann. She grew up in the Eyota area.
On June 6, 1948, she married Kenneth Mensing at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. They started farming the Mensing family farm in New Haven Township. Erma was a farm homemaker and after she raised her sons, she attended Rochester Vo-Tech and earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. Erma worked at the Pine Haven Care Center for eight years as a CNA and worked the night shift.
Erma enjoyed gardening and canning, quilting and going for car rides. In her younger years, Erma was active in 4-H and later in life was very active in the quilting group at church and her cancer support group. Erma was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church.
Erma is survived by her sons, Craig Mensing of Sandstone, Randall (Deborah) Mensing of Pine Island and Brian (Deidra) Mensing of Pine Island; grandchildren, Brandon (Shauna) Mensing, Amber (Jake) Knott, Samantha Scinto, Megan (Chris) Brunkhorst, Logan Mays, Jake (Maria) Paulson and Katie Paulson; 13 great-grandchildren; six brothers, Leonard, Gordon, Arden, Donald, Duane and Maynard Hoffmann; and two sisters, Velma Bloom and Charlotte Weichmann.
Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; one brother, Helmuth Hoffmann; and four sisters, Caroline Winter, Eleanor Tiedeman, Betty Williams and LaVonne Costello.
Memorials are suggested to Breast Cancer Research.