N. Erma Brackman, 82, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at home while surrounded by her family.
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Born on Aug. 11, 1931 in Pottsgrove, Pa., Nida Erma Croman was one of six children of the late Ralph and Nida (DeFrain) Croman. She was a graduate of Milton High School and attended Mansfield University with studies in Home Economics. In earlier years, she worked as an OB Technician at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira.
A gentle, generous and patient woman, Erma will be remembered as a special wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to many. On June 7, 1952, she married Lewis Raymond Brackman in Pottsgrove. They shared over 51 years together and were blessed with nine children before his passing on Dec. 30, 2003.
Erma's faith in the Lord guided her life. She was an active member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, serving as an Elder, Sunday school teacher, choir and U.M. Women's Group member. She was a very talented seamstress and quilter who made her daughter's as well as several others' wedding dress. She was a member of the East Canton Quilting Club. Erma enjoyed traveling and supported missions building charity programs to help others less fortunate. Favorite times were visits shared with her children and grandchildren; Erma loved babies. She also collected lighthouses.
Surviving are her children, Lewis Raymond Brackman Jr. of Columbia Cross Roads, Gary Lee (Paula Ann) Brackman of Stroudsburg, Pa., April Kim (Andres) Liens of Miami, Scott Alan (Susan) Brackman of Pittsburgh, Judy Ann Muff of Magnolia, N.J., Carol May (Raymond) Graff of Drexel Hill, Pa., Polly Ruth (John) Reiser of Taoyuan, Taiwan, Karen Christine (Lawrence Jefferson Jr.) Pacl of Felton, Pa. and Amy Beth (Dion Sr.) Sullivan of Columbia Cross Roads; 21 grandchildren, Mary Frances, Jason and Dmetria Brackman, Jessica Frenley, Rebecca Brackman, Raymond and Raul Liens, Joshua, Aislinn and Michael Brackman, Jeremy, James and Matthew Muff, Stephanie McCaffrey and Derrick Graff, Nathaniel and Seth Reiser, Lawrence and Jefferson Pacl, Dion Jr. and Elizabeth Sullivan; 19 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Ruth Eisley of Milton, Raymond Croman of Pottsboro, Pa. and Joe Croman of Boston; three brothers-in-law, Paul Brackman and Owen Brackman both of Canton and Charles (Audrey) Brackman of Blandon, Pa.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Lewis, Mrs. Brackman was predeceased by a grandson, Jonathan Reiser and two sisters, Jane Cottner and Norma Wagner.
Family invites friends to call from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. Rev. Michael Gaiotti will officiate the funeral service at the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 8. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial for missions of Polly and John Reiser's 25-year missionary work with Youth With a Mission in Taoyuan, Taiwan or used Dion Sullivan Jr.'s missionary in training work. Please send donations to Amy Sullivan at 20 Hall Rd., Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914 with a notation in memo for the Reisers or Dion Jr. A full obituary and online condolences at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Daily Review on Aug. 5, 2014