On May 7, 2019, God spoke to Phoebe Catherine Ernzen. He said, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Be at rest, welcome home.”
Visitation will be held from 3 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, in Dubuque. Memorial services will occur at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, also at the funeral home. Private burial will take place in Center Grove Cemetery.
Phoebe was born on June 14, 1940, in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of Bjarne and Nettie (Murdock) Kvam. She married Delbert Ernzen on September 3, 1960, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2010. Phoebe worked in housekeeping at the Dodge House Motel, and at ARC as an aide. For 10 years, she worked as a CNA at Bethany Home.
Phoebe was fiercely proud of her Norwegian heritage. She loved nature, and enjoyed taking walks and watching wildlife through her windows. Phoebe and Delbert loved all kinds of birds and flowers, but had a special place in their hearts for sunflowers and bald eagles. In her later years, Phoebe took great joy in sitting on the front porch and watching the children going home on the way past from school.
Phoebe is survived by her children, Peter (Kristine) Ernzen, of Ida Grove, Iowa, Paul (Cindy) Ernzen, of Dubuque, Dana (James) Frederick, of Huntsville, Ala., and Dawn Lesch, of La Crescent, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Dr. Catherine Frederick, of Bangor, Maine, Jayson (Katie) Lesch, of La Crosse, Wis., Noah Frederick, of Huntsville, Josh Ernzen, of Humboldt, Iowa, Elizabeth Lesch, of Madison, Wis., Rachel Ernzen, of Sioux City, Iowa, Benjamin Lesch, of La Crescent, and Ian Ernzen, of Dubuque; her great-grandchildren, Isaac and Emma Ernzen and Aurora Lesch (plus one on the way); her brother, Blair (Mary) Kvam, of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Janet (Corky) Vance, of Dubuque; and a brother-in-law, Ronald (Eileen) Ernzen, of Dowagiac, Mich.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to the Audubon Society, Hospice of Dubuque, or University of Iowa Health Care at givetoiowa.org.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dubuque Oncology and Dr. David Bender at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Also an extra loving thank you to Tina Sheston and Carrie Peppemier for their care of Phoebe.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com.