Obituary for Erma Elaine Klein (Beukelman)
Erma Elaine Klein, 90, of Platte, SD, formerly of Stickney, SD passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Platte Care Center Avera. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Platte. A Committal Service will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Corsica, SD. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 9, 2018 at Mount Funeral Home in Platte with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service.
Erma Elaine (Beukelman) Klein was born on November 7, 1927 to Art and Rena (Menning) Beukelman at their home in Douglas County, SD. She grew up on a farm southwest of Corsica, SD and attended country grade school. She graduated from Corsica High School in 1945 and received her Teaching Certificate from Southern State College in Springfield, SD. On March 10, 1950 she married her one and only sweetheart, Bob Klein in Harrison, SD. To this union three children were born. Together, Bob and Erma farmed and raised livestock in Aurora County until they retired in 2004 and moved to Corsica, SD. At the age of 18, Erma began teaching in a one room country school house and then she worked in many departments at the Corsica Nursing Home for more than 30 years.
Erma’s greatest joy was receiving Jesus as her Lord and Savior in 1972. Her heart was loving and her compassion for others was precious. She loved her Lord and shared the gospel and good news of hope and salvation with a multitude of people. Erma thoroughly loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren and prayed for each one by name daily. She was creative and used her talents to make gorgeous floral arrangements and paint pictures of God’s amazing landscapes. Her green thumb was evident as her flowers, plants and lawn were beautiful. Erma’s bible is worn, written in, highlighted and underlined, it is a true testament of her love for Christ.
Erma passed away, surrounded by her children, on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the age of 90. Today she is rejoicing and praising God! Erma’s desire is for each of us to receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior and to be reunited in Heaven.
Blessed to have shared in Erma’s life are: her children: Wayne and Mindy Klein of Sioux Falls, SD, Kay and Paul Holst of Piedmont, SD and Patti and Jowell Gerlach of Platte, SD; grandchildren: Matthew and Kellee Klein of Stickney, SD, Melissa Klein of Sioux Falls, SD, Alex Gerlach and Aaron Gerlach of Platte, SD; great-grandchildren: Allee Klein and Brecken Klein of Stickney, SD; in-laws: Lillian Beukelman of Sioux Falls, SD, Evelyn Livingston of Mitchell, SD and Ret. RADM Verle and Nancy Klein of Raleigh, NC; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Erma was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bob; her parents; her siblings: Ruth Hoekstra and Dennis Beukelman; in-laws: Bert and Kate Klein, Sid Hoekstra, Ron Livingston, Lloyd and Mary Klein; and nephew, Larry Livingston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Erma’s honor may be directed to: Gideons, PO Box 223, Platte, SD 57369.