family members by her side.
Born March 27, 1920 Erma regarded herself as a true native of Skaneateles as she was born on Austin Street in the village. She was a graduate of Skaneateles High School … the Class of 1937. She was a beautician and after her marriage operated the Finger Lakes Motel in Skaneateles with her husband, James W. Jerva, who died in 1991.
She was a member of the Skaneateles Methodist Church and in the past served as a volunteer at Auburn Memorial Hospital and as a member of the Skaneateles Firemen’s Auxiliary. Erma was a Lioness member and at one time transcribed books into braille for the blind. She very much enjoyed her time as a member of the Skaneateles Senior Chorus and attending dinner meetings
of the Sennett Seniors.
Erma enjoyed doing daily crossword puzzles and reading not only because she enjoyed those activities but also specifically to maintain her mental sharpness. Bingo outings were also a regular part of her life right up to her final days. All who were privileged to have known Erma will remember her as a positive, optimistic woman of great religious faith who enjoyed and appreciated her many friends and acquaintances and who embraced her
life to the fullest.
She is survived by her sons David Jerva (Susan) of Sennett, Alan Jerva of Rochester, and daughter Diane Aldrich (James) of Syracuse … Grandchildren Laurie Walter (Ben), Brian Jerva (Anita), Michael Jerva (Nicole), Aaron and Rebecca Jerva, Daniel Aldrich (Stephanie), Derek Aldrich (Janet), Jeffrey Aldrich, Douglas Aldrich …Great Grandchildren Alec and Tessa Kovalczik, Alexandra and Shawn Aldrich, and Mia Jerva … her sister, Rowena Fisher of Skaneateles and nieces & nephew.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday March 26th from 9am to 11am at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church, with a service to follow at 11am. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Laker Limo and FISH Transportation Services of Skaneateles.
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