Erma Martha Leland

Published 10:27 am Monday, July 6, 2020

Erma Martha Leland, 99, of Bricelyn, MN died Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Thorncrest Senior Living Center in Albert Lea, MN. A private family service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN, with Pastor Bob Stover officiating. The service will be live streamed on Facebook Live. Face masks are required and social distancing will be followed. Burial will be in the Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery in Seely Twp., Faribault Co., MN following the service. Visitors are welcome at the cemetery at 12:45 PM. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Erma Martha Leland

Erma was born November 15, 1920 the daughter of John and Bertha (Stiebler) Wacholz in Mansfield Twp., Freeborn Co., MN. Erma married Edgar Leland on December 23, 1938 in Mason City, IA. She loved being outside, gardening, creating beautiful needle point, baking delicious brownies and working puzzles. Erma also loved to cook and was a good cook.

Erma is survived by her son Dale (Margaret) Leland of Burnsville, MN; daughter Barbara Leland of Bricelyn, MN; grandchildren: Brad (Beth) Leland of Bricelyn, MN, Doug (Lisa) Leland of Albert Lea, MN, Kristine Songstad of Emmons, MN, Amy (Kevin) Crary of Eagan, MN, Suzanne (Dan) Brandenburg of Charlotte, NC and Jeanette (Chris) Dias of Colorado Springs, CO; great grandchildren: Seth (Jess) Holland, Trevor (Emily) Leland, Alexis (Andrew) Scholten, Elizabeth (Logan) Bauer, Liam Holland; John and Brandon Leland; Allison (Jacob) Sorenson, Jacob Songstad (Ashley Graham) and Caleb Songstad; Julia and Victoria Crary; Maxwell Brandenburg; Madeline Dias; great-great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Simon and Cullen Holland; Norie and Taylin Leland; Callahan and Madden Scholten; sisters-in-law: Della Leland of Albert Lea, MN, Addie Leland of Bricelyn, MN; Ada Leland of Cheyenne, WY.

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Erma was preceded in death by her parents; husband Edgar; son David (Wilma) Leland; brothers: Ervin, Harry, Alfred, Henry, Frank, Manville and Maynard Wacholz; sisters: Sarah Doppelhammer, Esther Doppelhammer and Frieda in infancy.