May 18, 1931 - March 7, 2019
Visitation: Visitation will be Thursday from 2-7 p.m., family present from 5-7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 15 at Lands Lutheran Church (47998 292nd St, Hudson, SD).
Erma Fossum, age 87, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Canton Good Samaritan Society surrounded by her family. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 15 at Lands Lutheran Church (47998 292nd St, Hudson, SD). Visitation will be Thursday from 2-7 p.m., family present from 5-7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Erma was born on May 18, 1931 near Lennox, SD to Reiner and Jane (Kuper) Tammen. She graduated from Lennox High School in 1949. She married Allen Fossum on July 12, 1949 in Lennox, SD.
In addition to raising her children and being a farm wife, Erma worked as a cook at Augustana Academy before spending many years as a cook and later in the laundry department at the Canton-Inwood Hospital. Erma was an excellent cook and baker and fed not only her family but also friends, neighbors, salesmen or anyone who needed a hearty meal. You never left her house hungry. She was known for her potato salad, pies and ice cream pails full of chocolate chip cookies. Erma always had a smile on her face and treasured time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a longtime member of the Extension Club, 4-H, Lands Lutheran Church and a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. In her younger years, she was active in Boy Scouts, Circle, and Bible Study. She enjoyed dancing and traveling with her husband, especially bus trips and Octoberfest in New Ulm, MN.
Grateful for sharing her life are her children- Lynda (Richard) Rol, Gary, SD, Gary (Lori) Fossum, Lennox, SD, Doug (Jodie) Fossum, Canton, SD, Deb (Ray) Harris, Canton, SD, Carol (Bob) Bucholz, Harrisburg, SD, and Alan (Mary) Fossum, Canton, SD; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Ernie (Shirley) Tammen; Lennox, SD; sister, Mae Ludens, Rochelle, IL; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Allen; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis (Ardyce) Fossum; grandson, Douglas Fossum, Jr.; great-granddaughter, Lauren Peterson; parents; sister, Gladys Steever; and brother, Francis Tammen.