Elizabeth Ehrman 1924-2018
Elizabeth Pearl Koch Ehrman of Otis passed away on October 5, 2018 at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, CO. Elizabeth was born to Frederick E. and Lova D. Koch on June 26, 1924. She was raised on a farm/ranch north of Platner in the Curtis community where her parents established a homestead in the early 1900’s, both parents arriving from the St. Joseph, MO area. Elizabeth and her siblings began their early years of schooling at Curtis School walking nearly three miles through pastures sometimes shared by an angry bull. She graduated from Akron High School with the class of 1942.
On May 1, 1943, she was united in marriage to Edwin Billy Ehrman at the Methodist parsonage in St. Francis, KS with Reverend Richards officiating. The newlywed couple lived in Denver, CO for a time. In the spring of 1945, the couple made their home on a farm three miles north of Platner where they remained for 43 years. Bill and Elizabeth were blessed with one son, Edwin Roy, and three daughters: Rita Irene, Joy Lou, and Lana Rae.
Elizabeth and Bill provided a model of farm life for their children. Elizabeth was a master gardener who provided every conceivable fresh vegetable for her children. She made fresh bread often and prepared homemade cottage cheese along with preserved fruits; and farm raised chickens, pork and beef. There was always plenty to do but Elizabeth found time to build a hastily planned picnic table or to make fashionable doll clothes. She was a talented seamstress, surprising her children with Christmas pajamas and new outfits for Christmas plays and programs. She took special delight in her grandchildren who enjoyed many birthday celebrations and Sunday dinners at her home. She could often be found constructing a cardboard playhouse or a cheese box garage for matchbox cars. For her grandchildren, she was famous for her Easter egg hunts and her Halloween doughnuts and cider.
Elizabeth had a deep and abiding faith. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She was devoted to her church, serving in multiple ways. She could be found working on a craft project for the famous Lutheran Ladies’ Bazaar, teaching Sunday School or providing refreshments for Junior Lutherans. She was an active member of the Ladies Aid and in her retirement, faithfully attended Bible study often providing refreshments.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, her brother Fred E. Koch, Jr. and her beloved grandson, Stephen Blake Bitterman. Left to mourn her passing are sisters Doris Stumpff and Betty (Charles) Gebauer, her children and grandchildren: Ed (Karen) Ehrman, Michelle Stein, Makayla, Madison and Megan, Eric (Susan) Ehrman, Chelsy, Eklin, Elliot; Rita Ehrman; Joy (Gilbert) Perry, Rachel (Brian) Dudley, Ada and Arthur, and Christina (Tommy) Smith and Cooper; Lana (Steve) Bitterman, Devin, and Nolan (Ashley); a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Services were conducted by Pastor Scott Bieker and Chaplain Ro Fesser at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Otis on October 10, 2018 with interment at the Otis Cemetery. Final arrangements were made by the Bowin Funeral Home in Akron, Colorado. Memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Otis, CO.