Erma Irene Dallege, 77, of Tipton, took God’s hand and left this world behind on Sunday night, September 8, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City surrounded by her loving family. Family will receive friends from 4-7 PM on Friday, September 13 at Fry Funeral Home for a time of visitation. Funeral services will be held the following day Saturday, September 14 at 10:30 AM also at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Erma was born to James and Bessie (Schrader) Henderson on September 17, 1941 in Iowa City, Iowa. She went to City High School, Iowa City until ninth grade and soon after married her first husband Dennis Matthiessen in 1958. Together they raised four children before Dennis passed away of cancer in 1979. She was remarried on June 3, 1983 to William Dallege at the Justice of Peace in Muscatine, Iowa. Erma was a faithful member of Greater Iowa City Church of the Nazarene and Rochester United Methodist Church. Erma spent her employment years serving others as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Serving others wasn’t just her job description; it was her way of life. She was always there for her family members to help and listen. Erma had a servant’s heart and was always giving; whether it be gifts, her time, or love. She often spent her free time doing crosswords, reading, and feather painting. Erma loved dogs, cats, and especially cardinals. She was a believer that they all went to Heaven. She would always say that when she passed, her heavenly job would be to take care of all the animals.
Erma is survived by her loving husband William Dallege; daughters Christy Royer and Becky (Marty) Weimann; sons Randy (Jane) Mattheissen, Kevin Matthiessen, and Dennis Dallege; sisters Mary Halstead, Anna Laschanzky, and Helen Greenham; her brother Bill Henderson; some of her grandchildren include Isabella Dallege, Elijah Dallege, Amanda Wells, Delilah Patton and Shawna Matthiessen; and several great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband, sister Edna Keefer, brother Harold Henderson, and nephew Derek Dallege.
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