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Jola Ann (Sommer) Erdey

December 5, 1954 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Jola Erdey Obituary

Jola Ann Erdey, age 69, of Sheboygan, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at her residence.

Jola was born December 5, 1954 in Sheboygan, daughter of the late Elmer and Anita (Johanning) Sommer, baptized February 1, 1955 at Saron United Church of Christ. She was a graduate of Howards Grove High School, Class of 1973. 

Above all, she loved her family: daughters Stephanie and her husband Todd Schroeder, Beth Erdey and her husband Jason Williams, and grandsons, Zachary and Alec Schroeder.  She was also very close to her sister Judy Arnhoelter and her family. Jola was particularly close to her nephew and Godson, Jon Arnhoelter, who she spent many special times and moments with. 

Jola spent the majority of her career in manufacturing production, achieving the position of Production Supervisor at Plastics Engineering Company/Plenco. She was the first woman to attain that position in the company’s history, where her strong leadership and management abilities shined and contributed to the company’s success. She formally retired from her supervisory career in 2013.   

All who knew Jola were blessed by her generosity, humor, hospitality, and genuine concern for everyone around her. If you knew Jola and spent time with her, she always sent you home with a hefty to-go container of whatever she had cooked or baked to lovingly host you. Her warm and nurturing personality helped her make a home wherever life took her. Jola’s smile, sense of humor, and unconditional support were just a few traits she blessed family and friends with. She loved music, dancing, and being surrounded by colorful and artistic items, which she often crafted herself with her creativity and keen eye for beauty.

Jola loved to travel and seek out adventures, both near and far.  Her work with Plastics Engineering Company/Plenco took her to Germany where she oversaw deconstruction of major manufacturing equipment to be used at the company’s Sheboygan manufacturing facility. Her adventurous spirit also took her to Ireland, and later multiple trips to Idaho and eastern Washington to visit her family. Jola always spoke fondly of her closer-to-home adventures and time spent with her sister, Judy, and family. 

Wherever she went and in all she did, Jola was a gifted conversationalist, and could talk to anyone.  Her family and close friends, including Candy and Roger Tyack, knew her for her many stories of her childhood and life experiences, which she always sprinkled with jokes and life lessons.  She regularly shared her humor and wisdom with her grandsons, Zachary and Alec, of whom she was immensely proud. Jola was a fierce advocate and fighter for herself, her family, friends, children, and the underdog. She was a meticulous planner and organizer, and all those around her were better for it. Jola’s spontaneity and willingness to try new things and experiences made her life and others’ richer, too.  

Survivors include her daughters, Stephanie (Todd) Schroeder, Beth Erdey (Jason Williams), grandsons Zachary and Alec Schroeder, sister Judy (Jim) Arnhoelter, niece Jill (Dean) Kulow and daughters Emily and Makayla, nephew Jon (Michele) Arnhoelter, and niece Jodie (Nick) Schneider and sons Logan and Brendan.  Jola was preceded in death by her parents Elmer & Anita Sommer, and brother Dean Sommer. 

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Lakeshore Family Funeral Home, Wittkopp location, Plymouth.  The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home that day from 10:00AM until the service at 12 noon. Burial of her remains will take place at a later date.

Messages of condolences, flowers, and memorial donations can be sent to the Wittkopp location.

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February 3, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wittkopp Funeral Home & Cremation Services
123 South Street
Plymouth, WI 53073

Memorial Service
February 3, 2024

12:00 PM
Wittkopp Funeral Home & Cremation Services
123 South Street
Plymouth, WI 53073


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