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Erma Lucille Short




Erma Lucille Short was born on Jan. 11, 1910 at her family’s home near Archbold, Ohio, and departed this life on Aug. 14, 2008 in Minnesota at Friendship Village of Bloomington.

She was the middle child of Edwin and Anna Britsch Nofziger.

Erma was baptized and confi rmed at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Archbold and was an active member of that congregation until she moved from the community at the age of 78 to be near her daughter’s family in the Chicago area.

While residing in Schaumburg, Ill., she was a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, and from 1997 until the time of her passing, she was a member of Normandale Lutheran Church of Edina, Minn. For the major portion of her life she was involved in Christian education, whether as a student herself or serving as a teacher of both children and adults.

Following graduation from Archbold High School, she attended Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Indiana and became a Registered Nurse. The majority of her time in that profession she was a private duty nurse, including various periods during which she helped care for a number of seriously ill family members and friends over the years.

In 1936 she married Harold J. Short (son of Albert and Eliza Ligibel Short), and until Harold’s death in 1976 they operated a farm located midway between Archbold and Stryker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Dorothy (Monroe) Short; and a brother, Herbert (Lois) Nofziger. She is survived by a daughter, Esther (Robert) Thomas of Deerfi eld, Ill., and a granddaughter, Joy (Andrew) Pieper of Evanston, Ill.

Erma’s life was characterized by unswerving commitment to God, her family, and friends. The blessings of her devotion to them are treasured in the hearts of those who survive her.

She also will be remembered by many for her eagerness to take on such challenges as woodcarving (which she began at age 60 by first using her husband’s pen knife), oil painting, and learning to use a computer (begun at age 90 in order to be able to communicate via the Internet with family and friends and research subjects that were of special interest to her).

Her enjoyment of woodcarving extended to demonstrating that craft at Sauder Village for two summers, as well as sharing her experiences with it through exhibits of her work and inspiring others to explore their own talents.

Erma’s body was laid to rest at Archbold Cemetery alongside her husband, Harold, on the 23rd of August. A celebration of the eternal life given to her followed at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Reichert and Pastor Pam Short officiating.

In keeping with Erma’s wishes, memorial contributions to St. Martin’s or Salem Children’s Home of Flanagan, Ill., were suggested by her family.

Short Funeral Home in Archbold was in charge of arrangements.


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