Obituary: Erika Church (Oct. 18, 1931 – April 17, 2013)

By Submitted April 22, 2013 05:55 pm

Erika Church passed away on April 17, 2013, in Smith River. She was born on October 18, 1931, in Munich, Germany. Erika was a private person who loved her family and enjoyed nature. She believed in the value of reading.

The family requests contributions be made to the Del Norte Library Foundation, PO Box 1547, Crescent City, CA in lieu of flowers.

Survivors include daughter Christin McCollum and son-in-law Stephen McCollum; granddaughter Jennifer McCollum and sister Irmgaard Englemeir.

Erika was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Church, and daughter, Corinne Drake.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.