Erna H. Kohl

Erna H. Kohl (nee Rate), 91, went home to the Lord Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.

Erna was born to Edward and Rose (nee Buddenhagan) Rate on Sept. 6, 1915 in the town of Addison.

Erna married the love of her life, Otto Karl Kohl, on June 17, 1939. Together they farmed in the Kohlsville area for 46 years while raising their family. In addition to farming she gardened and raised poultry, selling farm fresh eggs for many years.

Erna is survived by her cherished husband of 67 years, Otto; one daughter, Janice (Harold) Ehlke, Jackson; two grandchildren, Lisa (Jon) Ninmer, Milwaukee and Daniel Ehlke, Allenton; sisters-in-laws Mary Rate, West Bend; Grace Rate, rural West Bend, and Sylvia Heinecke, West Bend. She is further survived by many loving relatives and friends.

Erna was preceded in death by two brothers, Roland and Marvin.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with Rev. Steve Bode officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A service of committal will take place Thursday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorials to Zion Evangelical Church of Allenton.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050