Service to be held:
Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Edna Marie Matz, 85, of Sturgis, SD, passed away at home on April 4, 2012 surrounded by family. Visitation will be held Friday, April 6, 2012 from 12 PM to 9 PM with the family present from 5 PM to 7 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Randy Bradley and Pastor Herbert B. Cleveland officiating. Burial will be at the Bear Butte Cemetery next to Earl.
Edna Marie Erickson was born November 30, 1926 to Elmer H. and Bessie Mae (Smith) Erickson at the family homestead on Middle Alkali, twenty miles east of Sturgis, SD. Since no doctors were available, Elmer delivered his first daughter!
Edna was the sixth child born to this family. She followed five brothers, Richard Harold, Carroll Dwight, Lloyd Elmer and twins Wayne E. and Wilber E. Following Edna's birth, the family increased by 3 more with the birth of Raymond LeRoy, Melvin Loren, and Mary Lou Emma.
Edna received her education from 1st grade through 8th grade in a one-room school house (Hall School) District #56 located east of the family home. After graduating from the 8th grade, Edna missed school for a year as she worked on neighbors' dairies in order to help out with the family finances. While Edna was in high school, she worked for room and board for an army major's family at Ft. Meade. In January 1945, Edna moved to Washington State and found employment at Madigan General Hospital at Ft. Lewis as a patient dining room aide.
While living in Washington, Edna met and fell in love with Corporal Robert Andrew Culbertson. They were married on Sept. 8, 1945 in Tacoma, Washington. The family grew with the birth of 3 daughters, Janis Marie, Sherrill Mae and Karlene Mary and 2 sons, John Douglas and Robert Andrew Jr. The marriage ended in divorce in 1958 and Edna became the sole support for the family.
Through Edna's hard work and love, their family life stabilized. Her children all attended school in Sturgis and were baptized in the Methodist Church. The following years were a time spent maintaining a bond with her children and grandchildren that she referred to as her "blessings".
On Oct. 4, 1971, Edna found love again and was married to Earl Thomas Matz in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home together in Sturgis until Earl passed away on Oct. 20, 2006.
Edna took pride in her membership in the Methodist Church, 4-H Club, Bernice Rebekah Lodge, Matopaha Chapter of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Alkali Busy Bees Extension Club and other endeavors, Edna also had served for several decades as superintendent or ward worker of City, County, State and Federal Election Boards.
Edna also developed an interest in several different areas and directed her energy towards photography, poetry, cake decorating, and sewing, which included wedding dresses, family histories and all forms of artwork. She was especially proud of a 168 page Erickson Family Cookbook that she lovingly put together as a legacy to her family.
Edna spent most of her life working in food service from the time she worked at Ft. Lewis, Washington until she retired on her 81st birthday on Nov. 30, 2007. During those years she was employed as a chef, pastry cook, salad chef, making breads and desserts. She worked at various businesses around Sturgis.
Edna fought diabetes for about 20 years and was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in March 2011.
Survivors include her two sons and their spouses, John and Mary (Frey) Culbertson, Robert and Sharon (Sundquist) Culbertson, Three daughters and their spouses, Janis Culbertson, Sherrill and Van Dennis and Karlene and Dwight Griffee. Edna was grandmother to 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Wilbur Erickson of Redmond, Washington and Melvin Erickson, Sturgis. Additional survivors include sisters-in-law Marguerite Erickson, Agnes Erickson, Carolynn Erickson, Geraldine Erickson and Patricia Erickson and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Bessie Erickson and her husband Earl Thomas Matz, her 5 brothers, Richard, Carroll, Lloyd, Wayne, and Raymond Erickson and 1 sister Mary Lou Mcdougall. Also preceding her in death were 1 grandson, Shane Culbertson and 2 granddaughters, Heide and Christine Werlinger, 2 brothers-in-law, Orville Matz and Charles "Mac" Mcdougall, 1 sister-in-law, LaVaughn Erickson, 1 step-daughter, Sandra Singleton and 1 ex-daughter-in-law, Bonnie Culbertson. Her children's father, Robert Culbertson, also preceded her in death.
Memorials can be directed to Hospice of the Northern Hills or Golden K Community Cupboard.