Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 12, 2012. She celebrated her 90th birthday May 14th in heaven with her pre-deceased husband Abe, her parents whom she lost when she was just 14 and 17 and her three brothers. She is survived by her sisters Herta Neumann, Rita Voth, Rosanna Konrad, Elma Hide and Erna’s children Sheldon, Alan, Marilynn Stebbins and Brenda Zacharias, with grandchildren Shayne, Crystal Douglas, Bradley and Devon Zacharias, and Jeremy, Joshua and Jonathan Stebbins.
Erna along with her parents Henry and Helen Sawatsky immigrated to Canada from Russia, Ukraine, in 1924 when she was just 2 years old, for freedom of worship and speech. They settled in Grand Prairie, AB.
She met her husband Abe in Vancouver, BC and then settled in Yarrow, BC. When they sold their supermarket they moved to Abbotsford, where they lived for 30 years, and Erna became a watercolor artist of national merit.
Interment will be on May 18th for family and memorial service on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 pm at Seven Oaks Alliance Church, Abbotsford.