12 Apr Rest In Peace
Erna Lydia Klotz Sawyer entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 10, 2015. She was born on October 10, 1928, in Travis County, near Coupland, Texas. Erna was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Richland community, near Pflugerville. The third and youngest child of Albert Klotz Sr. and Minnie Felder Klotz, she grew up on a farm and attended Manor High School where she graduated as Salutatorian of her class.
Erna met a “city boy”, Glenn Sawyer, on a blind date set up through mutual friends in August of 1957. They were married at the Richland church exactly one year later—August 17, 1958—on a sweltering day that was so hot the candles melted! Prior to having a family, Erna worked for the Scarborough’s department store in downtown Austin, and the Texas Employment Commission. When her daughter, Lois, was young, Erna often chaperoned school field trips, assisted with Vacation Bible School, and enjoyed Texas Longhorn football games—never missing a home game during the five years Lois was in Longhorn Band. She loved a good game of Crazy Eights and enjoyed traveling, especially cherishing the family’s trip to Alaska.
Erna is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 56 years, Glenn, her daughter Lois and son-in-law Tim Stahlke, eight nieces, many great-nieces and nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Alvin Klotz and Albert Klotz, Jr.
Visitation will be at Hope Lutheran Church (6414 North Hampton Dr., Austin 78723) on Monday, April 13, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. A light lunch will be served at noon with the funeral service at 1:00 pm, Reverend Peter Heckmann officiating. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery (2800 Hancock Dr., Austin 78731).