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Erna Splingaire - Departed on May 14, 2017 - Peshtigo, WI
Erna Splingaire - Departed on May 14, 2017 - Peshtigo, WI

Erna Splingaire

Born in Brussels, WI on Jan 22, 1927

Died on May 14, 2017 and resided in Peshtigo, WI

Erna (Grunwald) Splingaire, 90, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  She was born and raised in Brussels, the daughter of Herman and Augusta (Guth) Grunwald.  Erna attended grade school in a one room schoolhouse and later, attended Brussels High School.  After completing her schooling, she moved to Chicago, Illinois where she worked for Zenith TV.  On January 6, 1946, she married Clifford Splingaire, a childhood friend and beau from a neighboring farm in Door County.  The couple moved to Green Bay in 1952, and were blessed with a son Ronald.  After raising her son, Erna began working as a nurse’s aide at St. Vincent Hospital. 

Erna and Clifford enjoyed spending time at their cottage at Little Sturgeon.  Extended family could often be found gathered there on summer weekends and Erna enjoyed each and every sunset on the Bay.  Clifford preceded her in death in 2003 and she eventually moved to Marinette County to be closer to her son and his family.  Erna was a long-time member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Green Bay. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Jane Splingaire, Marinette; three grandchildren, Andrew Splingaire, Julie (Cory) Behnke, and Timothy Splingaire; four great-granddaughters, Brooke and Emily Splingaire, and Josie and Lainie Behnke; a brother, Glenn Grunwald; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Lena Reivitis, Margie Bergelin, and Gary (Anna) Splingaire; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ella (Art) Crawford, Ruth (Jim) Sandoval, Hulda (Francis) Russell, and Paul (Marion) Grunwald.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Friday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry St.  The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church with Rev. David Hatch officiating.  Burial will be in Nicolet Memorial Garden.  Proko-Wall is assisting the family.  To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com


Funeral Service: Friday May 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran

Visitation: Friday May 19, 2017, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Jeane Smits

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