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Erma Winchester

October 12, 1942 — July 31, 2023

Erma Lee Winchester, age 80, of Broken Bow, NE. died Monday July 31, 2023, at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway, NE.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 4, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the E-Free Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Jeff Nielsen officiating.  The burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM to 7 PM at Govier Brothers Mortuary with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM.  Memorials are suggested to the Callaway District Hospital.  Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Words of encouragement may be left at

Erma was born on October 12, 1942, to Anton and I. Bernita (Hanks) Dramse in Alliance, NE.  She grew up in the Hay Springs/Rushville area until they made the move to Broken Bow when she was in the fourth grade.  Erma met the love of her life, Merritt, when she was 13 and they were married on July 26, 1959, when she was just 16.  She then went on to graduate from Broken Bow High School in 1960.  From this union were two Children: Nick Joe and Rhonda ReNae`.

After graduating Erma began working at Broken Bow State bank where she was a bank teller for several years.  She then began working at Broken Bow Municipal Utilities where she remained until she retired exactly 2 weeks after she was given the ok by Merritt to quit her job as her last child was married off and they officially had no kids in the house.

Her hobbies consisted of playing in her flower beds, collecting, and selling antiques, going to auctions, playing her drums and going to her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s many events.

She is survived by her son Nick (Rhonda Guernsey) Winchester of Broken Bow, NE and their children Brandi (Jordan) Tucker of Broken Bow, NE, Vincent (Veronica) Winchester of Omaha, Joseph (Hope) Winchester of Broken Bow, NE, and Shelby (Isaac) Deaton of Valdez, AK, daughter Rhonda (Walt Myers) of Merna, NE, and their children Allycia (Logan) McMullen of Milburn, Blain Myers (Kesia Barleen) of Broken Bow, NE, Luke (Vanessa) Myers of Merna, NE, and Tamara (Nathan) Kreutzer of Lincoln, NE and 14 great grandchildren with 2 more blessings on the way. Brother Jim (Ila) Dramse of Grand Island, NE, and many nieces and nephews.

Erma was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, her parents, her brother Wayne Dramse, nephew Kent Eacker, sisters-in-law Viola Eacker and Julia Russell and brother-in-law Albert Winchester.


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