Erna Joachim, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Erna Joachim, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 609 Court St., St. Joseph with Rev. Anthony Gerber officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may call on the family on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. to until time of service at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran School or Caring Circle (formerly Lakeland Homecare & Hospice). Friends are invited to send the family a condolence message or sign the guest book on-line at

Erna was born on September 11, 1930, to Gottlieb and Amanda (Bremer) Schroeder in Wolhynien. Erna immigrated to the U.S. in 1952. She worked for VM Corporation in Benton Harbor and LECO in St. Joseph. After raising her family, “Oma Erna” took delight in taking care of others and spreading cheer with her home baked cookies.  She took pleasure in reading the Bible as well as books written in German. Special events involving her children and grandchildren also gave her great joy.

Erna is survived by her children Gernot (Julia) Joachim of Houghton, MI, and Ingrid (Wes) Wiskow of St. Joseph;  granddaughters Dr. Sally (Eric) Tuovila, Gabriella Wiskow, Breeana Wiskow; grandson Connor Wiskow; brother Helmut Schroeder of Estero, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Erna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Adolf Schroeder and Reinhold Schroeder: sisters Elsa Schroeder and Adeline Warneboldt.

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