The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 19, 2013

Erna Lee 'Granny' Kusch

Published 3-19-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Erna Lee (Chamberlain) Kusch was born June 27, 1920, west of Fairview, Okla., to Ernest and Eva Chamberlain. She departed this life Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Fairview, Okla.

She was baptized in the Christian Church when she was 12 years old. She taught Sunday school for years.

Erna Lee attended East Pleasant Hill School and graduated from Fairview High School. She was cashier at Walberts Store and worked for Dee Baker at the Fairview Abstract Co.

She married Clarence E. Kusch on July 10, 1942.

The first part of their marriage, she followed him from camp to camp during WWII. After the war, they made their home southwest of town. They farmed and raised cattle.

She was a member of Mennonite Brethren Church, where they raised three girls.

Erna Lee is survived by three daughters, Jeanne Sproul of Fairview, Okla., Sue Bredel and husband Eldon of Okarche, Okla., and Penny Payne of Fairview, Okla.; grandchildren, Jami DeAngelis and husband Chris of New York, Jesse Sproul and wife Melissa of Nashville, Tenn., and Cody Payne of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and one sister, Mary Jean Bredel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Eva Chamberlain; husband, Clarence Kusch; son-in-law, Gary Robert Payne; and three brothers, Ted, Bob and Lowell Chamberlain.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Mennonite Brethren Church in Fairview, with Pastor James Suderman and Pastor Marlin Hiett officiating. Arrangements by Pierce Funeral Home, Fairview.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity, with the funeral home serving as custodian at P.O. Box 15, Fairview, OK 73737.

Condolences may be made online at www.haigler pierce.com.

(Submitted by family)