|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1914|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 2006|
Erma C. Schacht Damme, 91, Talmage, passed away Sunday (9/10/06) at the Ambassador Nursing Facility, Nebraska City. Daughter of Herman H. and Anna H. (Holtgrewe) Schacht, she was born Dec. 27, 1914, in Cook. She married William H. "Bill" Damme 5/30/48 at her parent's home in Cook; they celebrated 53 years together.
Erma was valedictorian of her Cook High School class. She attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a BFA degree. She also took summer courses in universities of Colorado at Boulder, Mexico City, Mexico, Washington University, St. Louis, and at the Christiansen Choral School in Chicago and Fredericksburg, Pa. Her scholastic abilities earned her membership in two music honoraries and one English honorary at Lindenwood and three music honoraries at NU. She was treasurer of several of those and for her social sorority, Phi Mu.
Erma worked in her father's general merchandise store and his automobile dealership, later in St. Louis as a secretary and at Mutual Insurance Co. in Omaha as chief proofreader of the stenographic pool, an avocation she continued throughout the rest of her life. As a music and history teacher, Erma taught schools in Douglas, Alliance and Grand Island in Nebraska and Waterloo, Ill., where she also directed choirs and was organist in some of the churches. After marriage, Erma served Zion's church as choir director and organist for many years.
Erma worked in The Bank of Talmage, becoming a director and vice president, and was a director of the Randolph State Bank in Randolph, Iowa. She continued to be active on these boards until the last month of her life. Erma also worked with her husband and daughter in managing the family farming and banking businesses.
She held offices in PTA; Women's Club; the Talmage Public Library, serving on the board 39 years; was on the local election board; and a member of the J. Sterling Morton Questers. Erma played bridge with several Talmage clubs for many years and was a supporter of many local organizations and projects. Together with her husband Bill, they established a substantial fund in the Nebraska Community Foundation to benefit Talmage.
From her childhood on, Erma and her family enjoyed traveling in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and in Europe several times. Erma and a sister also toured with NU alumni to Greece and Turkey. Besides her great love of family and music, especially classical and Broadway show tunes, Erma delighted in working outside in her flower, tomato and asparagus beds; watching birds in her yard; reading; and doing crossword puzzles and needlepoint. Her loyalties in sports lay with the Cornhuskers football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball teams. Outings and friends (both residents and staff) at The Ambassador Assisted Living enriched her last three years and it was there that she passed away at the age of 91 years, 8 months and 14 days.
Survived by: daughter, son-in-law, Lora L. Damme and Jay W. Longinaker; son, Jon W. Damme; grandson, William Woodrow Damme Longinaker; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; brother, Arnold; sisters, Ella C. Risser, infant Laura, and Wilma M. Kryger.
Services: 2:30 p.m. today, Zion United Church of Christ, Talmage. Pastor Charlene Wozny. St. John's (McWilliams) Cemetery near Talmage. Pallbearers: Bob Wellsandt, Dean Griepenstroh, Lyle Brinkman, Dean Wittler, Dale Damme, Steve Wellman, Jim Brehm. Hall Mortuary, Talmage.
Source: Lincoln Journal Star, 13 Sep 2006, Pg. 3-4.
William Henry Damme (1903 - 2001)*
Saint Johns Cemetery
Created by: Curtis Wolbert
Record added: Jun 29, 2008
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