Erma Legler, 89, Austin

Published 11:01 am Friday, March 15, 2013

Erma (Taylor) Legler, 89, of Austin, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at The Cedars of Austin. She was surrounded by her children and the excellent staff of The Cedars. Erma would have celebrated her 90th birthday on March 19.

Erma Legler

Erma Legler

Erma will be remembered lovingly by her children, Mike (Bev Stroup) Legler, Webster, Minn., Larry (Nancy Huinker) Legler, Austin, Charles (Marjean Nelson) Legler, Luck, Wis., Debra (James) Goergen, Austin, Minn.; her sisters, Wauneta Back, Ostrander, Minn., Mary Lou (Gene) Stewart, Racine, Minn., Rita Blake, Albert Lea, Minn., Janice (Corrall) Fortney, Lime Springs, Iowa; and her brothers. Mabry (Betty) Taylor Jr., Spring Valley, Minn., and Jim (Connie) Taylor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister-in-law Mary Taylor, Sun City, Ariz; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, daughter Patricia Woodger, grandsons James and Josh Legler, brothers Delmar and Harold Taylor, and sister Helen Walker.

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Erma graduated from Austin High School, married Kenneth Legler on Aug. 20, 1944, and partnered with him on their 260-acre dairy farm near Brownsdale, Minn. She later took a position at the downtown JC Penney’s store. After they closed, she became a cherished member of “The Penny Rejects” club. She later was employed by Northwest Bank of Austin.

Erma and Kenny’s passion was playing cards and so belonged to numerous card clubs. They were also active members in their church family at Grace Lutheran Church of Austin. They enjoyed traveling and spending holidays with their family.

Erma had a very fun loving, hard working spirit and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

A gathering of friends and memorial luncheon will be held between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. A private service will be held at a later date.