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Erma Elvira Shaw

March 18, 1919 ~ January 21, 2018 (age 98)

Erma Shaw, age 98, passed away on January 21, 2018 at Cottagewood in Rochester, surrounded by her family.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 am.  Visitation on Wednesday, January 24 from 5-7pm, and one hour prior to the funeral; lunch will be served following the service.  All services will be at the Free Methodist Church in Fillmore, MN (19127 Co Hwy 8 Wykoff, MN 55990).

Erma was born on March 18, 1919 to Laura and Carl Ericson on the family farm near Chatfield, MN.  She married Alvin (Jeff) Shaw on July 19, 1941. Shortly after they were married Jeff left to fight in WWII, she continued living with her parents until he returned after the war.  They purchased a farm just outside of Fillmore, MN where they stayed until retiring from farming in 1977, when they moved to Wykoff, MN.  Erma enjoyed living in town.  She was active in the community; a member of the card and birthday clubs, women’s auxiliary and secretary of the senior citizens group.

Erma loved spending time with her family and friends.  She was never too busy to spend quality time talking to loved -ones over a cup of coffee.   Those people she couldn’t keep in touch with on a daily basis enjoyed the countless letters she wrote.  Erma was an avid card player; she would never walk away from a good game of 500 (or a bad game of 500). She was a joy to visit, always so excited to see us, like we were the most important people in the world, and to her, we were.

She is survived by her children, Gary (Linda) Shaw, Chatfield, Gail (Chuck) Rollie, Spring Valley and Shiela (Mark) Carroll, Rochester.  She will be remembered forever by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff, two sons, a grandson, two sisters, and a brother.

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