Erna attended school through Grade 9, then needed to work. She accepted Christ as a child, was baptized at 15 and remained an active member of Coaldale MB the rest of her life. Erna and Peter raised 4 sons. Once the youngest entered school, Erna worked as a cook in Coaldale Hospital for 12 years. In retirement, she blessed others through hospitality and visitation. Erna and Peter enjoyed 50 years until his unexpected death in 2006. After several years of adjusting to widowhood, Erna married Leo – a fresh start with great hopes. Five months later, she was diagnosed with cancer, a journey that required all her determination and strength.