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Erma L. Trowbridge

November 18, 2016

Erma L. Trowbridge, age 88, of Topeka, Kansas, died November 18, 2016. She had been a resident of Topeka Presbyterian Manor for more than a year.

Born September 12, 1928, to Noble Curtis Remington and Florence Esther Rowe, Erma grew up near Carbondale, Kansas and later earned her GED. One of 12 children. On March 4, 1949, she married Junior Lee “Joe” Trowbridge in Topeka. Erma and Joe lived in California while Joe served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.  They made their home in Topeka’s Potwin neighborhood.  Erma worked for many years at Raish Drugstore and for Wilson’s Pharmacy at the corner of Washburn and Fifth Avenue, serving lunch and handcrafted sodas at the Pharmacy’s soda fountain. Later, Erma worked in the Kansas Department of Revenue, retiring in 1995 after more than 16 years.

Erma was an active member of Potwin Presbyterian Church and, until a year ago, she volunteered at St. Francis Hospital. For more than 63 years, Erma was a member of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. She was initialed to the Topeka Capitola #219 Lodge on April 7, 1947. The Capitola merged with the Oakland #616 Lodge, which later merged with the El Paso (Derby) #741 Lodge. She was a Padt Treasurer of the Kansas Rebekah Assembly and received Meritorious Service Jewel in 2010. Additionally, she was a member of Topeka Auxiliary No. 3, Ladies Auxiliary Patriachs Militant and Shawnee Ladies Encampment Auxiliary No. 3 of the IOOF of Kansas. She was a Past President of the LEPM and a Past Grand Matriach of the LEA.

During  Erma’s service to others, she made many lasting friendships as a hospital volunteer and with other Lodge members as a regular participant at state and national conventions. Participants at the Lodge’s bingo evenings and other benefit events enjoyed her homemade soups and desserts.

Erma was also a member of the Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union for more than 55 years.

She is survived by son Marc Alan Trowbridge, and wife Nancy, Houston; and two younger siblings, Robert Remington, wife Viola, Topeka; and Donald Remington, wife Anita, Carbondale. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe Trowbridge (2008) and siblings Marie Waetzig, Lucille Addington, Helen Boaz, Marvin Remington, Raymond Remington, Beulah Jean Gish, Pearl Moore, Idell Piper and Hazel Mae Owens and many nieces and nephews..

The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 pm Tuesday, November 22, before the 2 pm funeral services at Penwell Gabel Mid-town Funeral Home, 1321 SW 10th St., Topeka.  Burial will follow in the Topeka Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Potwin Presbyterian Church or the St. Francis Hospital Childrens Miracle Network and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, KS 66536.



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5 thoughts on “Erma L. Trowbridge

  1. I am sorry for your loss. God can comfort you and help you heal at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
    “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” – Psalm 46:1.

  2. Erma was a favorite of Potwin and Roosevelt students who hurried to Raish’s for lunch. Always patient and expected us to “sit down in the booth and eat your lunch”. No running around the drugstore and she made sure we used our manners. We knew that if we caused trouble, she would give us the look and we would fall back in line. Over the years when we would see each other she would recall memories of “watching us grow up” and she always shared a smile. The world when I was growing up was a better place because of Erma.

  3. Dear Family,
    We are all a little poorer because she is gone, but heaven is much more rich because that is were she is.

    God bless and keep each of you during this time. May He comfort each with sweet memories of Aunt Erma.

    Bonnie Gish Walker

  4. I have truly lost a very true friend. My neighbor, my mentor, and the 2nd mother to my children, as she was always there to help and discipline them when they were out of my sight. Thank You Erma! My condolences to & Nancy! She will always be in my memories.

  5. I was sad to see the passing of Erma. We worked together for many years at the State of Kansas. She was a wonderful person.

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