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Erma Terway

Jan. 16, 1914-March 1, 2009

Erma A. Terway, 95, of Fergus Falls, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at the Pioneer Retirement Community in Fergus Falls.

Erma was born the daughter of Carl and Antonette (Varicek) Schmidt on Jan. 16, 1914 in St. Paul. Erma graduated from high school in Tracy, Minn. She subsequently attended Anker Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. During World War II, she worked at the clinic at Douglas Aircraft Company, where she met her husband, Vere Terway. They were married on Aug. 11, 1945 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Erma continued her nursing career at the Fargo Clinic and taught nursing at St. Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead. In 1971, she and Vere moved to Lake Seven, near Frazee. Erma continued to work at St. Mary's Hospital and Nursing Home until her retirement. Many warm winters were spent in Arizona with Vere and other family members. She loved to garden and had a green thumb when it came to plants of any kind.

Preceding Erma in death were her husband, Vere; her parents; brothers Charles and Ben Schmidt; sisters Martha Ironside, Olga Grundmyer and Esther Schmidt; and baby daughter Jean Marlene Terway.

Erma is survived by her daughter, Barbara A. Terway of Portland, Ore.; her son, Richard (Helen) Terway of Fergus Falls; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, with Chaplain Harry Olson officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Beaulieu, Minn.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at