Erna Ella Schmidt, 91, of Sartell and formerly of Motley, passed away on Monday, July 05, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral Services will take place at 2 PM on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the Motley United Methodist Church in Motley, MN. Visitation will take place 30 minutes prior to services. Interment will take place at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in a private family service.
Erna was born in 1930 in Fredonia, North Dakota to Gotthilf and Olga (Theide) Janke. Erna pursued many careers as well as being a homemaker and an exceptional wife and mother. Erna and her husband Theodore (Ted) Koenig moved to the Motley, MN area in 1973. She was a member of the Motley Methodist Church, and enjoyed crocheting, playing cards (especially cribbage), flower gardens, birds, traveling and going to the casino with her many friends. Erna will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children Brenda (Bruce) Belland, Bruce (Jaye) Koenig, Lorna (Dale) Bjerga, and Mark (Joel Vogel) Koenig; siblings Violet Kureger and Hugo (Judy) Janke; grandchild Misty (Jerome) Hanson and many step children, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Erna was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Theodore Koenig and William Schmidt; and siblings Arven, Paul, and Roland Janke.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to American Association for Cancer Research 615 Chestnut St. 17th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404