Erma L. Johannes, 74, of Jackson passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 at St. Anthony’s  de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, after a courageous 53 year battle with Crohn’s disease.

She was born July 24, 1941, in St. Louis, daughter of Charles Edwin and Betty Mae Goforth Jumper. She and James M. Johannes were married August 19, 1961 in St. Louis. He survives.

Erma graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1959. Erma and her husband started Johannes Auto Sales, Inc. in Jackson in May 1963.  She and Jim worked together in the family business until her retirement in 2003. Erma was truly a one of a kind woman. She was strong willed and fought her disease with courage and grace. Erma’s family was the most important thing in the world to her. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. No matter how badly she felt, she got up, got dressed and attended activities for her daughter and in later years, her grandchildren’s activities too. She never let her health hold her back. Erma lived life to the fullest and was known to dress in animal print clothes with lots of “bling”.

Loving survivors include her husband of 54 years; a daughter, Donna (Don) Schuette of Jackson; two grandchildren, Lauren Schuette and Hunter Schuette both of Jackson; one great granddaughter, Annalyn Sisk of Jackson; two brothers, C. Ernest “Ernie” Jumper of High Ridge, Missouri; Larry Jumper of Greenville, Missouri; one sister, Joan Morris of Bandera, Texas.

Also surviving are a number of loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Jumper.

Friends may call Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 4-8 pm at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Funeral service will be Friday, September 25, 2015, at 11 am, at the funeral home.

Entombment will follow in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s de Greeff Hospice House, 10024 Kennerly Road , St. Louis, Missouri 63128.

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  1. Kim McCullough Jones

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My mother passed away in August. There is no pain, I believe, greater than losing your mother. I pray that God will give you strength for the days ahead and keep you close to his heart. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I know you have many friends and family supporting you but if you ever just need someone to listen that’s been where you are I am ready to do that.

    May God bless you and your family

  2. Jeanette (Ross) Sheets

    Jim / Donna and family:

    I was so sorry to hear of Erma’s passing. You have my heartfelt sympathy!

    Jeanette (Ross) Sheets

  3. Jake Drum

    I was very sorry to hear about your wife. I know she had been ill for quite awhile and I wish peace for you and your family.

  4. Robert Mueller

    Donna (and Don),
    I am so sorry to learn of Erma’s passing. Even though it’s been many years since you and I have communicated, I have fond memories of your mother as a big personality. Of course, I have fond memories of you (the Schuettes) as well!
    Good luck as you move forward. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Robert Mueller

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