Erna H. Mantz
Erna H. Mantz, age 92, died Monday, October 4, 2021, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo, after a five-year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Funeral service: 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 8, 2021, at the Amana Church, Main Amana with Elder Emilie Hoppe officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 10:00 a.m., until the service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 8, 2021. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements. Masks are required at all services.
Erna Helen Setzer was born November 27, 1928, in South Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Henrietta (Ruff) Setzer. She received her education at the Amana Schools. Erna worked at the South Amana Grocery Store and Sandwich Shop as a teenager. On November 30, 1946, she married Raymond Mantz in Peoria, IL. The couple moved to Marengo and together built their new home to raise their family. In 1952, Erna started work at Amana Refrigeration as a welder, then as a 3D class machine operator, cutting all the copper and aluminum tubing. She retired in 1991.
After retirement Erna and Raymond spent their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona until Raymond’s death in 1998. Not one to stay idle, Erna took part time jobs after Raymond’s passing, working at the Guest House in Amana, and at the Art Guild in Middle Amana before her final retirement at 86 years old. Erna enjoyed baking for her family, and truly enjoyed keeping in touch with her family and friends by phone and cards. She also enjoyed cutting rags to be used for making the Amana woven rugs.