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Erna Schwabe

Erna SchwabeIt is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department President, Erna Schwabe, on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Erna is survived by her husband, Art; three daughters, Mary, Denise, and Jackie; and many grandchildren. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on our website.

Please keep Art and their family in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. If you would like to send your condolence you may do so through her husband, Art, at 2115 Prospect St., LaCrosse, WI 54603.

Erna Carol Schwabe, 72 died July 11, 2020 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was born December 19,1947 in Excelsior, WI, the daughter of Eldon and Hazel Coppernoll.
Erna graduated from Ithaca High School, Class of 1966. She went to college at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She lived in La Crosse, WI and meet and married the love of her life Arthur Joseph Schwabe. They were married for 44 years on July 17th.1976. They lived in Mt.Horeb, WI until 1988 and them moved to Ormond Beach, Fl and lived there for 28 years. Erna was very active in the American Legion Department of Florida. She held many different roles in the Auxiliary of American Legion. But her all time favorite job was helping veterans as the American Legion Auxiliary President for the state of Florida 2014-2015.

Erna is survived by her husband Arthur Schwabe, her three daughters, Mary( Dennis) Szafran, Marci, Trista, and Kobe Szafran, Denise(Brian))Green, Mike, Brandon, Stephanie, Alex, Zach, and Sam Green, and Jackie(Terry) Oelke and Jackie’s children Cassie, Kiara, Trevor and Trenton. And her sisters, Gladys Anderson, Boaz, WI, Rosetta Beilfuss, Boscobel, WI, Frances Strauss, Jefferson, WI, Marjorie Simerson, Huntington, IN, Dale(David) Clason, Black Earth, WI Thankful Santfleben, Mazomanie, WI , and her brother Kenneth(Connie)Coppernoll, Wedgefield, South Carolina. Her sister in law Jan Loomis, Waterford, WI and brother in law Raymond(Carol)Schwabe, Pewaukee, WI. She is serviced by many nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, friend and her legion family.

. In addition to her parents Erna was predeceased by her brothers Hilleman, Dick and Jerry Coppernoll. Her in laws Raymond and Doris Schwabe , her brother in law Dan Loomis and Alton Anderson.

A celebration of life will be help Sunday August 23rd. 2020 at the American Legion in Onalaska, WI at 12pm.
The family would like to thank Gundersen Hospital and the hospice team for their care and support for the last year.