Erna, the youngest of six children, was born to Margaret and Richard Gerlach on April 20, 1920 at Botha, Alberta. With her family by her side, she passed away at the age of 92 years, 3 months at the Stettler Health Care Centre.

Erna, like many others in the district received her schooling at Kindergarten School. She married Albert F. Scheerschmidt on November 23, 1938, and to this union three children were born; Barbara, Carl (Butch) and Ron.

Playing for dances with the “The Ramblers” was a very special time in Erna’s life. After Albert’s passing in 1992 Erna showed her independence and determination by remaining on the farm for nearly 20 years. At the age of 89, Erna moved into Willow Creek Lodge, where she resided until her passing on July 27, 2012.

Erna is survived by her loving family: children: Barbara Nattestad (Lorne Yarbrough) of Stettler, Ron (Joanne) Scheerschmidt of Stettler; grandchildren: Robyne (Cal) Wachter of Erskine, Rick (Marta) Nattestad of Camrose, Kathy Nattestad (Fred Last) of Red Deer, Lisa (Tyler) Brown of Okotoks, Joanna (Dallas) Rock of Stettler; great grandchildren: Kevin (Brandie) Wachter, Keith (Sheri) Wachter, Kyle (Keri) Wachter, Laura Nattestad (Mike Tomiak), Amy Nattestad, Karl Nattestad, Michael Nattestad, Karen Williams (Darren Saboe), Sheri (Mark) Tenney, Vanessa Rock; great great grandchildren: twins Reese and Cael Wachter, Aubrey Wachter, twins Emily and Veronica Saboe, Gwendolyn Tenney; niece and special friend Elda Weatherly; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and many dear friends. Erna was predeceased by her son Carl (Butch), husband Albert (Big Guy), brothers: Eddie, Fritz, Shorty, Art and sister Gertrude.

A celebration of Erna’s life was held on Friday, August 3, 2012 in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Reverend Robin King officiating. Loving tributes were given by granddaughters Robyne Wachter, Lisa Brown and Joanna Rock. Soloist Evelyn Shursen sang One Day At A Time accompanied by musicians Debbie and Dale Simon and Joan and Terry Rushton, who also played for the congregational hymns Church In The Wildwood and Beyond The Sunset. The Simons and Rushtons also paid tribute to Erna with their gift of music performing a solo and playing an old time dance selection for the recessional. A DVD and picture boards prepared by great granddaughters Sheri Tenney and Karen Williams were enjoyed by all those present. Erna was laid to rest at the Botha Woodland Cemetery, Botha, Alberta beside her husband Albert F. (Big Guy) Scheerschmidt. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send or view condolences to the family please visit

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