Erna Horine

Erna Marie (Nelson) Horine, 71, of Minden, Nebraska, passed away May 17, 2020, at her home surrounded by loved ones.  Due to current health restrictions from the Covid-19 Pandemic, a celebration of life service will be scheduled in the near future. Memorials in Erna’s honor are kindly suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Craig Funeral Home. 

Erna was born on February 4, 1949 in Superior, Nebraska, to Ernest (Runt) Nelson and Marie Hazel (Nelson) Pedersen. She grew up in the Superior and Minden areas.  She graduated from Minden High School in 1967 and then went on to graduate from Queen Ann Beauty School.

Erna was united in marriage to Randall E. Horine on January 5, 1975, in Minden, Nebraska.  Together they raised three daughters and one son. They also welcomed into their home three nieces and one nephew.

Over her lifetime Erna had many careers.  She had a cosmetology career working in the Axtell and Minden areas; she closed her beauty shops in 1980.  She went on to hold various jobs within the community. Erna is remembered for owning and operating Erna’s Steakhouse and Erna’s South Fork Drive Inn with her husband Randy. 

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary.  Her hobbies included playing and coaching softball, camping, fishing, playing cards, and other outdoor activities.  Erna treasured time with her family and friends.  Being a grandmother was a cherished time in her life.

Erna’s love of life and laughter was contagious. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Randy of Minden; children: Lisa (Scott) Sinsel of Minden, Leslie (Joe) Weller of Kearney, Angie Trotter of Broken Bow, Randall (Angie) Horine of Minden; grandchildren: Kayla (Heath) Anderbery of Axtell, Brendon Sinsel of Minden, Karly (Tyler) Branstiter of Kearney, Riley (John) Blake of Kingman, Arizona, Sophia Weller of Grand Island, Chloe Weller of Kearney, Addison and Clayton Horine of Minden, Ina Jo Bradley of Lincoln and Emily Trotter of Broken Bow; great grandchildren; Miles and Jordy Anderbery of Axtell; brother Roy John (Karen) Nelson, sister Mary (Rick) Johnson, sister-in-law Judy Nelson all of Minden and many nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother August (Augie) Nelson.

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