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Erma R. Massey

Erma R. Massey, 75 of Donnellson, passed away in the emergency room of McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Illinois at 1:12 a.m. Saturday September 1, 2007.

Born August 21, 1932 at St. Paul, she was the daughter of Rudolph and Elizabeth Umthun Hellweg.

On February 27, 1954 at St. Paul, Iowa she married Harold “Skeet” Massey. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: five daughters, Leanne Babington of Revere, Missouri, Roxanne (Jim) Stemple of Donnellson, Lorianne (Mike) Jarvis of Franklin, Julianne (Dwayne) Haley of Montrose, and Marcianne (David) Tabb of Farmington; one son, Robert (Tammy) Massey of Donnellson; 14 grandchildren, Michael (Jill), Craig (Laura), Chris, Joe, Pat, Jenni, Sara, Nicole, Rachael, Gailan, Donnovan, Conner, Justin and Taylor; two great grandchildren, William and Madison Jae Jarvis; two brothers, Arthur Hellweg of Fairfield, and Ronald Hellweg of Fort Madison; and one sister, Florence Brown of Fort Madison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Rudy; one grandson, Brent; three brothers and two sisters.

Erma was a babysitter in her home for many years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point and Southeast Iowa Antique Gas Engine Club.  Erma enjoyed crocheting, collecting, salt and pepper shakers, embroidering, gardening, and growing flowers.

Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2007, at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point where the family will meet with friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  A rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Fr. Apo T. Mpanda as celebrant.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Renovation Fund.