Erma Pearl VanValkenburg, 96, of Wallaceton and formerly of Osceola Mills, died Thursday August 29, 2019 at the home of her son.
Born August 26, 1923 in Parsonville, rural Houtzdale, she was the daughter of the late William and Martha (Phillips) Kennedy.
Erma was a homemaker. She enjoyed watching old western movies, WWF wresting, and made beautiful rugs on her loom.
Erma is survived by two sons; Vaughn (Martha) Phillips of Pacific, rural Houtzdale and James (Kelly) VanValkenburg Sr. of Wallaceton, ten grandchildren; Patricia Dixon, Victoria Weld, John Hallman, Angelique Hallman, Thomas McCall, Lacey, James Jr., and Heaven VanValkenburg, Ty Foster, Cierra Knepp, and eight great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews, all of whom enjoyed her wit and humor.
Also surviving is a sister Freda Merritt of Curwensville and a special niece Emma Atkins and her companion Jim Southern.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her first husband William Phillips, her second husband Issac VanValkenburg, her long time companion Irvin Hallman, sisters; Kathryn, Hannah, Esther and brothers; Frank, Leonard, William, Elmer, Allen and Alvie.
In keeping with her wishes, Erma has donated her body to the Humanity Gifts Registry so that it may be used by Pennsylvania Medical Schools for teaching purposes.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.birgerafreebergfuneralhome.com.