Erna Emma Koppelmann, 95, reached out to take her Lord’s hand guiding her into heaven late Friday afternoon, June 13, 2014, at the Sheboygan Senior Community where she had been residing for seven years, one month and 13 days.

Born Oct. 23, 1918, in the town of Greenbush, Erna was a daughter of the late Robert C. and Bertha Iserloth Wittkopp. Erna was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth. She attended St. John’s Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1936.

On April 16, 1941, she was united in marriage to Norbert O. Koppelmann at the parsonage of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth. They resided and helped on the farm in the town of Sheboygan before moving into Sheboygan in 1957. Norbert preceded her in death Oct. 1, 2010.

Erna’s first job was working for Dr. Deitch at his family home in Plymouth. Later, she worked in Sheboygan over the years at Wolf’s Laundry, Art Imig’s Laundry, Richardson Furniture, Enzo Jel and retired from the Sheboygan Senior Community as a dining room food service employee.

She was a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church where she attended Bible classes, was a member of the Ladies Aid and Mission Society, and volunteered in the church office.

She enjoyed Sudoku and word-search puzzles, knitting, crocheting and was an excellent seamstress, having sewed many articles for her family. While on the farm, she enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Mae Opgenorth and her son-in-law, James R. Baumgart, Sheboygan; her grandchildren, Andrew L. and his wife, Kirsten Fillion Opgenorth, Sheboygan, and Timothy A. Opgenorth and his wife, Keri Brezgel, New Berlin; great-grandchildren, Andrew Leroy Opgenorth Jr., Florida and Christina Caryl, Connecticut; step grandchildren, Katherine Baumgart, Sheboygan; step great-grandchildren, Alex and Lindsey Fillion, Sheboygan; her twin sister, Edna and George Kluenker, Manitowoc; sisterin law and brother-in-law, Melba and Edward Voss, Sheboygan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Besides her parents and husband, Norbert, she was preceded in death by her sister, Zelda Wittkopp and her brother, Aaron Wittkopp; her son-in-law, Leroy C. Opgenorth; a grandson, Brian A. Opgenorth; and a nephew, Michael Wittkopp.

Funeral services for Edna took place Saturday afternoon, June 21, at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 1810 N. 13th St., Sheboygan. The Rev. Alan Kretschmar officiated. Interment took place in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

A memorial fund has been established in her name for St. Paul Church and Lutheran High School.

The Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Erna’s arrangements.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers for their loving care and support shown to Erna and her family over the years.

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