Erma M. Sullivan, 95, Newcomerstown, and a lifelong resident of Port Washington, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 8, 2009, in the Riverside Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown, following a short period of declining health.

Erma was born in Salem Township, Tuscarawas County, on Aug. 26, 1914, the daughter of the late James M. and Elizabeth Steinbach Dichler.

She was one of three members of the Port Washington High School graduating class of 1932 and was a homemaker for all her adult life.

Erma served 25 years as village income tax administrator for Port Washington before her retirement in 1992. She also ran a notary public business from her Port Washington residence during this time. Erma was the oldest living member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Port Washington, where she was confirmed in 1929. She served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the church's Quilting Angels for many years. She received certificates of appreciation from Secretary of State Bob Taft for her consistent voting record for 50 years and also worked as a poll worker in Port Washington for 25 years. Erma also was a member of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council, North Canton, the Thomas Montgomery Post No. 431, Newcomerstown American Legion Auxiliary, the first den mother of the Port Washington Cub Scouts and a 4-H advisor. Erma was also a charter member of the Port Washington-Salem Township Historical Society.

She enjoyed traveling, especially her trips overseas to Europe, spending winters in Bradenton, Fla., reading and raising flowers.

Erma was preceded in death by husband, Emerson C. Sullivan, Port Washington, who died Aug. 21, 1994, and whom she married June 24, 1938. Also deceased are her daughter, Sue Darlene Sullivan of Port Washington, who died in 1956; her brother, Edward M. Dichler of Port Washington, who died in 2002; a niece, Jill Ann Dichler of Port Washington, who died in 1989; and her sister-in-law, Lillian L. Hooker Dichler of Port Washington, who died in 1994.

She is survived by her son, Terry D. (Kathleen G.) Sullivan of Port Washington; grandson, Thomas D. (Mary Beth) Sullivan of Tuscarawas; granddaughter, Annissa K. (Khevin R.) Wenzel of Dover; great grandchildren, Andrea M. Sullivan of Tuscarawas and Grace A. Wenzel of Dover; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Sandra Hammersley Jones of Bradenton, Fla., Norma Steinbach Schreiner of Port Washington and Richard "Dick" (Beverly) Poorman of Newcomerstown.

Funeral services to celebrate Erma's life were Dec. 11, 2009, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown.

The Rev. Chauncey Eggan officiated. Burial followed at the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington.

The family is suggesting that memorials be made in Erma's name to the Glazer Endowment Fund of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 36, Port Washington, OH 43837; or to an individual's favorite charity.

"Each day is God's gift to you. Make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty."