Erma J. Schafenberg

  • Born: February 6, 1930
  • Died: December 1, 2018
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Erma J. Scharfenberg, 88 died Saturday December 1, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling.

She was born on February 6, 1930 in Fort Dodge, IA the daughter of L. Walter and Minnie F. (Gienap) Peterson and was a graduate of Fort Dodge High School. She married Joseph F. Scharfenberg on November 9, 1950 in Fort Dodge, IA. They moved to Sterling in 1954. He died on August 21, 1967. She was employed as an account clerk for the Illinois Department of Conservation in the Sterling office for 17 years retiring in 1992. Erma was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling where she had also worked as a past secretary as well as being active in their shut-in ministry. She enjoyed sewing, reading and embroidery.
Survivors include her daughter Christine M. Knisley of Rock Falls and her son Michael (Carolyn) Scharfenberg of Sterling; one granddaughter Jennifer (Brian) Uziel; four grandsons: Stephen (Amy) Feary, Charles Feary, Michael (Kelly) Feary and Tom (Kim) Feary; and 9 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers: LaVern, Charles and Walter Peterson; three sisters: Mildred Heuser, Ethlyn Stirler and Ermal Davey.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 5, 2018 from 5-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday at 10:30 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church. The Reverend James R. Keenan, Celebrant officiating. Burial will conclude at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Hospice of the Rock River Valley; St. Mary Catholic Church, American Cancer Society and Gaffey Hospice.