Edwin Ergen

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Edwin D. Ergen

Passed into eternal life and found peace on Monday, December 20, 2021, at the age of 92.  Beloved husband of the late Dorothy.  Loving father of Mary Lynn (Rick) Rasmussen, Peter (Victoria) Ergen, Michelle (Todd) Bragstad, Michael (Tünde) Ergen, and Keith Ergen.  Proud grandfather of 13, great-grandfather of 14 with another blessing on the way.   Brother of Lowell and Darlene.   Preceded in death by his mother Ozita and siblings James, Howard, Carole, and Charles.

Visitation Monday,  January 3, 2022, 10:00 AM at St. Veronica’s Church, 4001 S Whitnall Ave., Milwaukee until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.  Interment Forest Hill Memorial Park Cemetery Oak Creek.

Edwin was the longtime owner of EDE Masonry.  He worked hard his entire life.  His priority was caring for his family.  He also used his talents as a member of St. Veronica Parish.  Though he did not often talk about it, he was a proud Korean War Veteran.

The family thanks the staffs at Compassus Hospice for their support over the past year and Creekside Manor for their great caregiving the past seven months.

It was a family tradition at Christmas not to exchange gifts but instead pool their funds.  Ed and Dorothy would then donate them to an organization supporting families in need.  In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if you memorialized Ed by contributing to a charity of your choice.


  1. Emmanuel Gola December 22, 2021 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    May Edwin’s memory be eternal. God Bless you Mike.

    Emmanuel Gola.

    • MICHAEL ERGEN December 24, 2021 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you Emmanuel. Your kind words give me solace. May our Lord’s peace be with you always.

      Michael Ergen

  2. Joe Honer December 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about junie. He was always fun to be around and mom always loved to make fun with him. We love to come visit but we are on our way to alabama for a couple months 🥸. Miss u guys. Love joe and Gina honer 🙏🙏🙏

    • MICHAEL ERGEN December 24, 2021 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Joe, Gina, Thank you for the condolences. Your mom is always known to make fun with everyone she associates with. Pretty safe to say a characteristic inherited from grandma. Missing you too. Safe travels. Be well.

      “Junies Kids”

  3. Greg Kurtz December 26, 2021 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Ergen Family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. He was an amazing man, one who I respected very much. I will always remember this work ethics, kindness and sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with your all. The world lost a outstanding person, human being, father, husband and friend with Ed passing!🙏

  4. MICHAEL ERGEN December 28, 2021 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Greg, Thank you so very much for the kind words of condolence. I hope and pray you are well. Pax Vobiscum my friend.

    On behalf of the Ergen family,

  5. Jill I Karas December 31, 2021 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Pete, our condolences on the passing of your father. May you hold all the precious memories you had with him.

    Greg & Jill Karas

  6. Paul Michael January 4, 2022 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Ed Ergen was a great man! I know he was tough. Nobody could have gone through what he went through during the depression in St Cloud or worked the kind of job he had without being tough, determined, and maybe a little stubborn. One of the things about Ed that inspired me was how he combined that toughness with compassion. As you saw in his obituary, for decades Ed and the whole family pooled their funds to help poor families and children in our community at Christmas time. This generosity came from a deep empathy for the poor, and it had big impact right in the neighborhood here. When I would try to tell Ed about the people that he helped, he’d say “stop…it’s just going to make me cry.” Ed cared deeply for the poor.
    To my mind Ed was the mason/poet. He was a renaissance man. He loved to create and collect beautiful things. He loved beautiful wood, glass, metal, furniture, paintings, pretty stones, and the leaves of a peace lily. He loved words and poetry. I remember a poem he gave me one day. I think it was a Wordsworth. It was a classic about the beauty of the forest, how light illuminated God’s creation, and love. The words created a beautiful image and revealed Ed’s appreciation for the beauty of this world.
    Ed was a man of Faith. I know he prayed the words “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” Ed’s dedication to his family, his compassion for the poor, his love of beauty, and desire to do God’s Will brought heaven down to earth. Ed helped a lot of people, taught a lot of people, and inspired a lot of people. He sets a high standard. The world will miss Ed Ergen. Thanks be to God his Spirit continues here on earth in the lives of the people he touched. We know he is in heaven with Dorothy. Thank you Ed for being a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Thanks for the laughter and the dandelion wine. Rest in peace my friend.

    • MICHAEL ERGEN January 6, 2022 at 12:36 am - Reply

      Paul, Paul, Paul. Dad made sure we knew he did not want a Eulogy as part of his Funeral Service but, if he did the amazing words you penned in his name would have made his spirit out of humility, well… cry. They did me, when reading them to my family before opening the many heartfelt condolence cards we received. In some ways it feels as though he was able to confide in you in ways he could not to his own children. I do know he held you, rightly so, in high esteem. Thank you for all you do in the ministry that touched his heart and for giving him your friendship over the years.

      With Sincerest Gratitude and Admiration
      On Behalf of the Ergen Family,

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