June 24, 1919 ~ August 2, 2003

Born in: Heilsberg, Germany,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Erna Prestel, 84, departed from her life here August 2, 2003, after a brief illness (encephalitis). Preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Prestel in 1991; her mother, Frieda Augustine in 1987; and sister, Elizabeth in 1946 at age 23. Erna will be remembered and missed by her sisters, Lucia Hipp and Walery Rehar, both of Pueblo; nieces and nephews, Roy (Donna) Hipp, Larry (Nancy) Hipp, Elizabeth Hipp, Esther Ann Dawson, Sylvia (Ken) Rose, Yutta Krista (Ron) Natoli and Carol (Lance) Strong; great-nieces, Sonja Ordway and Heidi (Joe) Caruso; great-great nephew and niece, David and Ashley Connors, whom she adored. Her grieving pets that are left behind. Erna was born June 24, 1919, in Heilsberg, Germany and was a longtime resident of Pueblo, Colorado. She will be remembered by her neighbors, friends and all who got to know her for her whit, humor, generosity and compliments. Erma wanted people to feel good.Erna was a self-styled Zsa Zsa Gabore. She patronized restaurants and stores almost on a daily basis. Stores made her light-up like a Christmas tree. After her retirement from the Colorado State Hospital in the 1970's, Erna dedicated her life to animals and birds. She had a deep compassion for suffering, homeless, lonely and neglected animals. Provided them with food and fresh water daily and vet care. She heard their cry and responded under any weather conditions, day or late night, and greeted them with a loving word. Her main concern was, 'Who will care for them when I am gone or respond to their distress?' Donations may be made in memory of Erna to Pueblo Animal Shelter, through the funeral home. Honoring her wishes, there will be no viewing and no service. Family may be contacted through the funeral home.

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