Hildegard Erna Drews, 90, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully with her family nearby on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at her home. She was born on Jan. 2, 1926 in Essen-Stahle, Germany, the daughter of Geerd and Matilde (Altenbeck) Nykamp.
Erna was a devoted wife who worked her entire career at Continental Can in Three Rivers. She and Albert enjoyed traveling to Northern Michigan and from time to time taking their young nephews along for the adventure. After retiring, they enjoyed their snowbird status in the south.
Erna was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; and her brothers, Ted Nykamp of Watervliet, Heinrich Nykamp and Wilhelm Nykamp of Germany; and her sister, Käthe Sponheuer of Germany.
Erna is survived by her sister-in-law, Erika Nykamp of Watervliet; her loving nephews, Rolf Nykamp (Debbie), Pete Nykamp (Sharon) and Frank Nykamp (Lisa), and their children and grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews in Germany.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold Street, Three Rivers, Michigan 49093 with Pastor Robert Bartz officiating.
Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.
Memorial donations may be directed to Heartland Hospice of Kalamazoo. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.

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