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Erna M. Golnitz

December 31, 1915 — September 18, 2018

Erna M Golnitz, 102, of Frederick, South Dakota, went to be with Jesus on September 18, 2018, at Prince of Peace Care Center in Ellendale, North Dakota. She was born on December 31, 1915, in Afton Township in Iowa, daughter of Dietrich H. and Margaretha D. (Hinkeldey) Honsbruch. She married Melvin E. Golnitz on January 6, 1937, in Aurelia, Iowa, and he preceded her in death on May 23, 1972. Erna is survived by her four sons, Robert (Myrna) Golnitz of Long Prairie, MN, and their children Lucy (Jeff) Roste, Liz (Neil) Perryman, Randy (Stephanie) Golnitz, Laura (David) Kruse, Lana (Jon) Henry; Marlin (Shirley) Golnitz of Huntington Beach, CA, and their daughter Keri Purpura; Darrell (Mary) Golnitz of Blairsville, GA, and their children Melody Harper and John (Kelsey) Golnitz; David (Naomi) Golnitz of Ramsey, MN, and their daughter Melody Golnitz; and 13 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Walter, Alfred (Eleanora), Herbert Honsbruch; two sisters, Lilie (Honsbruch) Kolpin, and Ella Honsbruch; and a grandson, Darren Golnitz. Erna Golnitz was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale, ND, as well as being very involved in her community of Frederick, SD. Her hobbies included gardening, flowers, traveling to her sons’ homes in many states and traveling to Hawaii, Senegal Africa, and Germany. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale, ND, with Pastor Paul Preus officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen, SD. A visitation time will be from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale, ND; LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League); and The Lutheran Hour. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale.
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