Erna Koontz

Erna Fae Koontz, 83, of St. Elmo, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 12, at C&A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo, with a one-hour viewing prior to service. PeeWee Denton will be officiating. Burial was held at Sidener Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at C&A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo. Memorials may go to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Erna was born on Dec. 8, 1933 in St. Elmo, the daughter of Cline F. and Thelma B. (Fulton) Dunbar. She married Charlie Koontz on Feb. 14, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in St. Elmo. Erna played the piano and organ at the First Baptist Church in St. Elmo for many years. She was a member of the St. Elmo Women’s Club, Home Community Education and the New Beginnings Church in Effingham. She loved to bake cookies and spend time with her family and friends.

Erna is survived by her: husband, Charlie Koontz of St. Elmo; two sons, David Koontz (wife, Penny) of St. Elmo, and Dan Koontz of St. Elmo; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Erna was preceded in death by her parents, Cline and Thelma Dunbar.

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