Erna Amanda Jungclaus
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Erna Amanda Jungclaus, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota and formerly of Crofton, Nebraska, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton due to complications from a fall at home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with the Rev. James Mueller officiating. Burial will be at the Crofton City Cemetery in Crofton, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will resume on Friday at the church one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Greg Jungclaus, Brad Jungclaus, Dave Schlack, Kevin Neuhalfen, Bill Jungclaus, Simon Healy, Josh Poppe, and Kelly Greenwood. Honorary pallbearers will be Erna's great grandchildren, Cain Healy, Bella Healy, Riley Greenwood, Diesel Healy, and Baby Poppe on the way.

Erna Amanda Jungclaus was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1924, in Bloomfield, Nebraska to Emil O. and Minnie (Eggert) Krause. She grew up in the Bloomfield area and was baptized and confirmed at First Trinity Lutheran Church. Erna graduated from Bloomfield High School when she was 16 years old. She taught school in rural Bloomfield prior to moving to Omaha where she worked for Union Pacific Railroad. Erna married Donovan Willard Jungclaus on February 23, 1947, in Bloomfield, Nebraska. She and Donovan lived and farmed northwest of Crofton. Erna also worked for Gurney Seed and Nursery in Yankton. Erna belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton and the Ruth Circle for many years. She was a former 4-H leader and an excellent baker of bread, cinnamon rolls and tea rings.

Erna is survived by her four children and their spouses, Greg and Patty Jungclaus of Hobbs, New Mexico, Brad Jungclaus and Barb Hadden of Crofton, Barb and Dave Schlack of Dallas, Texas, Becky and Kevin Neuhalfen of Yankton; eight grandchildren, Bill (Carrie) Jungclaus, Amy (Cully) Meier, Allison Schlack, Kelly (Blair) Greenwood, Amanda (Simon) Healy, Ashley (Randy) Holtz, Shelby (Josh) Poppe, and Rachel Jungclaus; four great grandchildren and one on the way; a sister, Adeline Yonke-Zeeb of Yankton; two nephews, Brian (Carlin) Yonke and Mark (Donna Jean) Yonke; and a niece, Kathy (Bob) Fair.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donovan, on April 27, 1993; one half-brother, Otto (Irene) Krause; and two half-sisters, Ida and Lydia Krause.




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Greg and Family:

Please know your friends are holding you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We pray for God's peace to fill each of you with your Mom's memory.

Your friends at RES

Linda Pastorello


Becky and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

I saw something that may help some understand or accept things better. It is called Grammy & GOD. A little girl gave a wonderful explanation of the final years and death of her Grandmother.

She said to her mother after the funeral: Mom, you always said that Grandma walked and talked with God. What I think happened is that one day God and Grandma went for an extra-long walk and they walked on and talked on, until God said to Grandma, 'You are a long way from home and are so tire, you had better just come home with me and stay' And Grandma went.

Kathy Fair

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