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January 9, 1915 – Monday, November 21, 2011

Service Information
St. John’s Lutheran Church Buffalo
Saturday November 26, 2011
1:00 p.m.

Visitation Information
St. John’s Lutheran Church Buffalo
Saturday November 26, 2011
11:00 a.m. Until Service Time

Erna C. Woyke 97, of Buffalo, formerly of Albion Township, passed away Monday at Parkview Care Center.

Erna was born was born January 9, 1915 to Reinhold and Alvina (Sandman) Koepke in Albion Township, Wright County, Minnesota. Erna was baptized on February 7, 1915 by Reverend Alfred Streufert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville. On April 1, 1928 Erna was confirmed by Reverend Alfred Streufert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville.

On April 26, 1936 Erna Koepke and Albert Woyke were married by Pastor William D. Kanning at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville. On October 24, 1937 their daughter Delores was born. Then on October 19, 1940 their son Ellsworth was born.

Erna and Albert lived on a farm where she was a housewife and helped her husband on the farm. She was also a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville, Minnesota. Erna was a member of the Ladies Aid and also Treasurer and taught Sunday school for many years.

In 1967 Erna and Albert moved to Wayzata with their daughter Delores. While in Wayzata, Erna worked for S&K Chrome Products. Albert Woyke passed away on December 17, 1969. Erna was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayzata from 1967 to 1971.

Erna moved to Buffalo in 1971 where she worked for the Walter Spike Locker Plant. After working at the locker plant, Erna worked at the Lighthouse restaurant and then as a cook at the Junior High School until 1979 when she married Rueben Ramthun.

Erna is preceded in death by her parents Reinhard and Alvina (Sandman) Koepke and her husband Albert Woyke.

Erna is survived by her daughter Delores Pawelk, son Ellsworth (Shirley Kostrzewski) Woyke, grandchildren Brad (Gerrie) Woyke, David Woyke and great-grandchildren Misty and Dusty Hayden.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday November 26, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be held Saturday November 26, 2011 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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