Erma Vera White of Verndale, MN, was born September 1, 1917, to James E. and Margaret M. (Rappensparger) Crabtree in Tenstrike, MN. She passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at age 91, at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples, MN.
Erma attended Quiring School in Beltrami County. She was united in marriage with Leonard E. White on October 4, 1941 in Wadena, MN. In the past she was employed at Baudora Nursery. She served as a member of the Women's Prayer Fellowship of the Verndale Alliance Church and the Hope Chapel Alliance Church. As a homemaker, her hobbies and interests included gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, rug-making, candy-making and baking. She will be remembered as a loving Christian mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother.
Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard White in May 1995; her parents, James and Margaret Crabtree; daughter, Eva Steinkopf; brother, Everet Crabtree; and sisters, Martha TenEyck, Della Butts, and Eva Coe.
She is survived by her sons, Charles (Donna) of Verndale, Gene (Linda) of Sebeka, and William (Connie) of Portland, OR; daughters, Inez (Kermit) Line, and Ruth (Randy) Steinkopf, both of Verndale; son-in-law, David Steinkopf of Champlin; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Because of her love for the Lord, she loved all her family from the eldest to the youngest, and all of her friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Verndale with Pastors Daryl Jacobson and Brian Harris officiating. Interment was in the Wing River Union Cemetery in rural Bluegrass, MN. Honorary pallbearers were Erma's granddaughters, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Edwin White, Roger White, Leroy Line, Bradley Line, Daniel White, Jayson Steinkopf, Michael Steinkopf, and Leonard Steinkopf.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com).