Erma Zuehlsdorf


Erma Zuehlsdorf Erma Luella Zuehlsdorf age 92 of Belview and Redwood Falls passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Wilton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 1st at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30th at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial is in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Sheridan Township. Memorials to St. John’s Missions are preferred in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Erma Luella (Klause) Zuehlsdorf was born June 28, 1922 in Sheridan Township, Redwood County, Minnesota to Alfred and Emma (Raddatz) Klause. She attended country schools and Wabasso High School. Erma was united in marriage to Hilbert Zuehlsdorf on April 27, 1947 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clements. Together they lived and farmed in Sheridan Township until retiring in 1995 when they moved to Redwood Falls. In 2012, they moved to Belview. Erma was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sheridan Township where she played organ for over 15 years. She enjoyed baking and cooking, fishing at the lake, and spending time with her family.

Erma is survived by her children: Carolyn (Bob) Bernard of Mankato, Janet Barckholtz of Wilton, Allan (Jean) Zuehlsdorf of Belview, and Donna (John) Beadell of Wabasso; grandchildren: Teresa Langworthy, Heather (Nate) Herbeck, Carrie (Travis) Enderson, Rebecca (Nate) Jewett, Nathaniel (Rachelle) Barckholtz, Sarah (Jesse) Hanson, Rachel Barckholtz, Jordan Zuehlsdorf, Taylor Zuehlsdorf, Rachel (Ricky) Mariner, Aaron (fiancée Jenna) Beadell, and Josh (Amber) Beadell; step grandchildren: Nick (Katie) Dumdei, Jim Dumdei, and Andy (Clarissa) Dumdei; 15 great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren; sisters: Lorna Thorston of Springfield and Elaine (Arnold) Krohn of Nicollet; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Hilbert, grandson Matt Beadell, and siblings: Erwin Klause, Evaline Wellnitz, Walter Klause, and Arnold Klause.


  1. Jen Franklin says:

    So sorry to. Hear about your Mother’s passing. She was a sweet lady. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  2. Linda Pless LeBlanc says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mother. She was always so nice. Many fond memories of her and fun times with your family. Sending hugs to all, Linda

  3. Steve Strandmark says:

    Saddened to hear of Aunt Erma’s passing. My condolences to Carolyn, Janet, Allan and Donna and their families. I cherish the memory of her smile and laughter, and to be sure she never let this boy go hungry when the cousins worked together on the farm or when we gathered socially. God bless her.

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