Erna Frieda Caroline Brinkmann was born on June 27, 1924, daughter of John and Emma (Hanke) Knolhoff of Hoffman. She was baptized into the Christian faith on July 13, 1924. She married Henry F. Brinkmann on May 5, 1946 in Hoffman, and their union was blessed with six children: Betty (Ken) Liescheidt of Arnold, Mo., Daniel (Darleen) Brinkmann of Hoyleton, David (Gail) Brinkmann of Albion, Lois (Harry) Nicol of Lake Bluff, Tim Brinkmann of New Minden, and Michele (Paul) Brown of Shiloh.
Erna treasured her family which included 20 grandchildren: Tim (Chrissy) Liescheidt, Alison (Dan) Hawkins, Kara (Ryan) Paul, Barb Brinkmann, Angie (Mike) Wells, Adrienne (Erik) Rolf, Stephanie (Brian) Pasero, Clint (Robin) Diedrich, Lanny (Jada) Diedrich, Dustin (Erin) Diedrich, Andrew Brinkmann, Thomas (Jaime) Brinkmann, Joel (Rebecca) Brinkmann, Kyle Brinkmann, Matt (Cortney) Nicol, Mark (Alexis) Nicol, Taylor, Jordan, and Christian Brown; and 37 great-grandchildren: Isaac and Abigail Liescheidt and Arlyn Baker, Noah, Annemarie, Elaina, Josiah, Lila, and Benjamin Hawkins, Lauren Darmody and Elise and Lily Paul, Hope Brinkmann, Mackenzie and Max Wells, Collin Rolf, Leslie and Kamryn Michael and Reid and Drew Pasero, Eli and Olivia Diedrich, Evan and Lucy Diedrich, and Will, Owen, and Evelyn Diedrich, Dylan and Lane Brinkmann, Gabriel, Samuel, and Charles Brinkmann, Elijah, David, and Finley Brinkmann, and Aspen and Chase Nicol. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Helen Knolhoff.
Erna was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, her grandson, Jonathan Brinkmann, a daughter-in-law, Gloria Brinkmann, and her four brothers, William, Elmer (Anita), Wilbert, and Paul (Leona) Knolhoff.
Erna was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Minden. She was kind, nurturing, and tender-hearted. She clung to her faith while serving others with a commitment to tradition, a playful wit, and delicious cakes. While she will be dearly missed, her eternity was secured by the risen Savior and we look forward to our heavenly reunion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Seminary – Jonathan D. Brinkmann Scholarship, Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, or St. John’s Lutheran Church.
The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 9 at St. John’s. Burial followed in the church cemetery with the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.styningerfuneralhomes.com