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Erna Adams Pentecost

Erna “Erny” Adams Pentecost, age 80, of Anderson, SC, passed away on August 3, 2023.

Erny was born on September 19, 1942, in Gommern, Germany to Adolf and Anni Niemann. She came to the Chicago, IL area in December 1959, intending on perfecting her English and returning home to Germany for a career in the airline industry as a flight attendant. This goal wasn’t met, as she met her first husband, Frank, of 22 years and raised a family in LaGrange Park, IL.


Erny will be missed by her husband of 31 years, Ed Pentecost, and her three children: daughter Sandra (Scott) Messinger of Anderson, SC, and sons Frank (Heather) Adams of Alpine, UT, and Stephen (friend Theresa) Adams of Sandy, UT, as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Hilde Winterstein and Edith Pfefferle, three nephews and three nieces, all in Germany; and Ed’s children: son Michael Pentecost (Courtney) of Nashville, TN and daughter Amanda Becker (Troy) of Tampa, FL., and their children.


Erny was a member in the LaGrange Methodist Church in Illinois working in the newborn and toddler nursery and singing in the choir. Her hobbies have included hiking, bicycling, writing poetry and short stories, knitting, flower gardening, and reading. Prior to her life in Anderson, Erny and her husband lived in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin for 13 years. Erny enjoyed her hobbies as well as singing in the Door County Chamber Singers, a community choir that performed Christmas concerts in the area. Erna became a member of Roberts Presbyterian Church after moving to Anderson in late 2017.


A funeral service honoring her life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 11, at Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson, SC. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Friday at the church prior to the service.


Memorials may be made in her memory to Roberts Presbyterian Church, 2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson, SC 29626, or to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.


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