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2010-01-28 / General Stories

Happy Birthday, Erna!

Erna Patschke was born January 1, 1917, to August and Anna (Becker) Dube of the Fedor community. She has lived in Fedor her entire life except for a few years as a young woman when, in keeping with the custom, she lived in Houston working for well-to-do families in River Oaks. Upon returning to Fedor, Erna married Adolph Patschke on January 14, 1940; together they raised five children.

Erna celebrated her 93rd birthday on January 1, 2010. All her children were in attendance— Gladys and Bill Jordan of Colorado Springs; Helen and Mike Murphy of Bastrop; Robert and Judy Patschke of Lexington; Kenneth and Karen Patschke of Fedor; and Linda Patschke of Austin. Most of her 15 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren also helped her celebrate.

The evening was capped with a spectacular fireworks display orchestrated by Kevin Patschke. Erna keeps busy making oodles of her famous egg noodles and playing her favorite domino game “42”. She also enjoys spending time with her sister Ruth Bass of Round Rock; brother Herbert Dube of Fedor, and sister-in-law Katie Dube of Giddings.

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