Erma Ruppel

Erma Ruppel, 95, of Beardstown, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born December 29, 1922 in Bluff Springs, the daughter of William and Clara Boensel Vette. She married Fred Ruppel in 1944 and he preceded her in death on April 16, 1994.

Erma is survived by one daughter, Judy (Dennis) Guernsey of Springfield; one granddaughter, Jody (Robin) Robinson of Houston, TX; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Robinson, both of Houston. She was preceded in death by one son, Donnie and one daughter, both in infancy; two brothers, Floyd and Clifford Vette; and two sisters, Alice Sweatman and Ruth Wankel.

Mrs. Ruppel was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown. She worked alongside her husband on the family farm for several years before retirement. Erma enjoyed working in the yard, especially flower gardening. Most of all, she cherished her family and loved spending time with them.  

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Sager Funeral Home with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Family will meet with friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to the family online at