Erna Anna Nagel, 99


Erna Anna Nagel (nee Schwantes) of Watertown, formerly of Hustisford, passed away Friday, July 6, 2012, at the age of 99 years. She was born on Feb. 12, 1913, in the town of Hubbard, the daughter of August and Henrietta (nee Schmidt) Schwantes. Erna was baptized on March 9, 1913, and was confirmed on July 2, 1927, at Zion Lutheran Church in Horicon. She married Robert H. Nagel on Aug. 27, 1933 in Dodge County, who preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1973. Also preceding her in death are four brothers, three sisters and three grandchildren.

Erna was a farmerís wife who worked at Badger Mills for five years and volunteered at the Hustisford meal site for many years. She was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Ladies Aide, a member of the Hustisford Womenís Club and a member of the Hustisford Senior Citizens for many years.

Erna is survived by 12 children, Norma Tunak of Ashippun, Robert (Karen) Nagel of Horicon, Doris (Donald)) Kanzenbach of Jefferson, Harvey (Hazel) Nagel of Watertown, Anna (Marlin) Schuett of Mayville, Lucille (Richard) Fredrick of Oconomowoc, Lorraine (Norbert) Neu of Hartford, Elda (Glen) Schu-Watertown, Janice (Kenneth) Watson of Oconomowoc, Carol (Michael) Hoppenrath of Watertown, Dianne (Robert) Bercier of Northwood, N.D., Marilyn (Scott) Bergstrom of Rasco, Ill., 42 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren, two sisters, Dolores Dehnert and Hazel (Louis) Bente, and sister-in-law Darlene Schwantes. She is also survived by other relatives and friends.

Visitation is Wednesday, July 11, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hustisford from 9-11:30 a.m. Funeral service will follow at church at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. David Pries will officiate. Interment Hustisford Cemetery.

Memorials to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hustisford is serving the family. www.berndt-ledesma.com.