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category: Obituary, date: 2015-05-29, by Avon SD
Erma Ruth Dykstra
Erma Ruth Dykstra(February 6, 1930 - May 29, 2015)

Erma Dykstra, 85, of Avon

Erma Ruth Dykstra (nee Jurrens) was born February 6, 1930, in rural Avon, in the home of her parents Tim and Lena Jurrens (nee Roll). She left her earthly life on Friday morning, May 29, 2015, from the Sister James Care Center in Yankton having spent 85 years, 3 months and 23 days.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Avon. Burial is in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Erma gained her lifelong love of reading while attending rural schools near the Five Mile Corner. Her passion for the written word, her uncanny ability to complete with speed even the toughest New York Time crosswords and her amazing bookkeeping skills were remarkable considering her humble educational history.

Erma met the future and one love of her life, David James Dykstra, when he was brought by her brother Eldon Jurrens to spend the night at the family farm. They married on February 26, 1950, in the First Baptist Church in Avon and were joined by three children -- Douglas Tim, Paul David and Barbara Jean.

Shortly after their marriage, David ("Dyke"), was drafted and served in the Korean War, during which time Erma received untold love and support from her and David’s families, as well as countless friends in the Avon area.

Erma was baptized upon confession of her faith in the First Baptist Church in Avon and along with David, was a lifelong member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Avon. She faithfully supported the Ladies Aid Society, worked as Sunday School Superintendent, and later served the Church on its Board of Elders. Additionally, she was a devoted supporter of the Avon Legion Auxiliary working in many officer capacities to promote Americanism in this area.

Sharing in the void of her passing are her children Douglas and Trudy Dykstra in Yankton, with their children Aaron and Kathleen Dykstra of Rapid City, Amanda and Jared Adamson and Allison and Cullen Kohles all from Yankton; Paul Dykstra and Bob Beach in Chicago; and Barb and Mark Tanzillo, in Atwater, California with their children Christopher and Vanessa Tanzillo and Justin Tanzillo. Of special delight to Erma and the smile on her face were her five great grandchildren – Rozlyn Adamson, Emma Dykstra, Jayce Tanzillo, Sophia Dykstra and Sawyer Adamson. Joining Erma’s children in loss are her brother Virgil and wife Maxine Jurrens of Madison, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law Louise Van Gerpen, Carol Jurrens and Arlene Dykstra of Avon and a myriad of nieces and nephews.

Erma was preceded in death by her loving David, her parents Tim and Lena Jurrens, her brothers and sisters: Chester Jurrens, Ray Jurrens, LeRoy Jurrens, Viola Voigt, Leatta Schortzmann and Eldon Jurrens; as well as Dyke’s brothers and sisters: Dick Oorlog, John Dykstra, Garritt Dykstra, Henrietta Vilhauer, Ann Heidemann and Louis Dykstra. Special affection from Erma would be to acknowledge also the loss of dear brother-in-law Roland Van Gerpen.

Honored to escort Erma to her final earthly resting place are her grandchildren and their spouses as pallbearers.

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