Erma Joyce Yarolem

Jan 24, 1942 - Aug 21, 2022

Erma Joyce Yarolem

January 24, 1942 - August 21, 2022


Erma J. Yarolem, 80, of Wyoming, Iowa, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at home.

A celebration of Erma's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, August 26, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Erma Joyce Black was born on January 24, 1942 in St. Ignace, Michigan to Floyd and Ubalda Belle (Rabineau) Black. She grew up in Michigan and Wisconsin. She married Marvin C. Yarolem Sr. on October 27, 1962 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Juliee, Louise, and Marvin III.

Erma had worked several jobs throughout her life including working at Clinton Engines, Collis in Clinton, WADY Industries, and lastly as a school bus driver for the Midland Community School District. She had moved to Farmington in 2003 and to Wyoming in May of this year.

Erma enjoyed horses, mushrooming, camping, fishing, ginseng hunting, bowling and the Oakland Raiders. She had been a stock driver and especially enjoyed spending time with her miniature burros and her dogs, Monster and Bugs.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Juliee (Robert) Yarolem of Monmouth, IA, Louise "Skeater" (Jim) Sams of Hale, IA, and Marvin "Pete" (fiancé Shelly Baxter) Yarolem, III of Hillsboro, IA; a brother, Joe (Phyllis) Black of WI; sister, Ora Eggers of Clinton, IA; 7 grandchildren, Kurtis Finn, Mathew Finn, Sara (fiancé Joshua Bulman) Hollingshead, Lacey (fiancé Earl Brown) Carroll, Brandon (fiancé Ashley Smith) Hefley, Zachary (fiancé Kelsey Mortenson) Schulz and Nickole (Kyle) Clark; and 18 great-grandchildren, Morgan Hollingshead, Isabelle Hollingshead, Alayna Bulman, Brody Bulman, Kenyon Hefley, Ahmaya Hefley, Zakhari Hefley, Maddox Brown, Kashtyn Brown, Alex Smith, Aaron Keller, Amelia Hefley, Caden Schulz, Bailey Schulz, Aubree Schulz, Zyler Clark, Carly Koon, and Oaklynn Clark, and 2 on the way; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Bertha King, brothers Ronald and Richard Black, a son Marvin Jr., a grandson, Tyler Lee Duwa, and a great-granddaughter, Hope Hollingshead.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Erma J. Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2022 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Carson Celebration of Life Center

318 West Pleasant Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Fri, Aug 26, 2022 at 11:30 am
Carson Celebration of Life Center

318 West Pleasant Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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