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Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home

1306 N Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA

OBITUARY

Erna Esther Stecher

February 22, 1929October 25, 2019
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Erna Esther (Sprecher) Stecher passed away October 25, 2019, at the age of 90. Erna was born February 22, 1929 in Mott, ND, to Jacob & Hulda (Wutzke) Butlman. She was the second youngest in her family. Erna met her husband of over 50 years, Ernest Sprecher, at a dance. They were married in a triple wedding with Ernie’s sister Esther & Edwin Hintz & brother Elmer & Florence Sprecher on November 9, 1946, in Milltown, MT. Their son, Dale G. Sprecher was born in Missoula on October 5, 1947. Their family moved to Richland, WA, and then to Spokane, WA. Erna worked for Carnation as a cost accountant and retired as a bookkeeper from Schindler’s Orthopedic & Prosthetic. Erna loved & taught classes in her ceramic shop. She took Bob Ross painting classes and became quite a good artist. After Ernie’s passing, Erna married Jim Stecher on April 7, 2001. Erna & Jim enjoyed traveling together, especially on their honeymoon to Hawaii. Erna is preceded in death by both Ernest & Jim, 3 sisters; Dorothy Hulda & Elsie, 4 brothers; Art, Oscar, Jake & Edwin. Erna is survived by her son Dale (K Marie), 3 grandsons; Mark (Kate), Douglas (Andrea), Scott (Ambrosia), 5 grandchildren; Justin, Emma, Ian, Zoey & Kyler, her sister Arlene (Eddy) Ang. We would like to thank Pineridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center for caring for Erna after her stroke in January 2015. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 17th at 1 pm at Community of Christ, 11515 E Broadway, Spokane Valley, WA. Seventy Claude Duty & Elder Sandy decker are in charge of the service.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Erna Esther Stecher

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Jeri Allen

November 1, 2019

My dear Aunt Erna,
Thank you for giving me so many amazing memories. Always kind and such a fun, vibrant, beautiful woman. Thank you for helping me to become who I am today. I love you and will miss you. Until we meet again!! P.S. I still remember the smell of your suntan lotion🙂

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Erna's parents Jacob & Hulda visiting Spokane at 5018 N Elm.

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Elsie, Edwin & Erna

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Back: Carolyn Ruff & Erna
Front: Arlene & Linda

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Erna about 10; Arlene 4 or 5

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Erna right front

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Erna's graduation picture

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Wedding Nov 9, 1946

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Erna's parents Jacob & Hulda visiting Spokane at 5018 N Elm.

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Elsie, Edwin & Erna

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Back: Carolyn Ruff & Erna
Front: Arlene & Linda

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Erna about 10; Arlene 4 or 5

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Erna right front

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Erna's graduation picture

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Wedding Nov 9, 1946

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Erna's son Dale - 6 months old