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Erika H. Callum

June 2, 2022

Obituary

Erika H. Callum peacefully passed away June 2, 2022 at the age of 88 at Westminster Woods in Huntingdon, PA, She was surrounded by her loving children, and many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. Callum, her parents Otto and Anna Hurm, her sister Hildegard Schiefer, her brother Hermann Hurm, her great granddaughter Emersyn Sheeder, as well as Mike Martinez her loving companion for years after the passing of Richard.

She is survived by her children Debra (Michael) Sauerwald, Diane (Richard) Buza, Richard (Cookie) Callum, Thomas (Judy) Callum, Anthony (Katy) Callum, and Donna Sheeder, 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

The daughter of German immigrants, Erika grew up on Hegerman Street in Tacony, Philadelphia where she attended Frankford High school. She skipped two grades, graduated early and was offered a scholarship to Penn. She declined the scholarship to marry her true love, Richard Callum. They married in 1953 and together had 6 children, who all adored their mother, and she did them.

Erika and Richard moved to Warminster PA in 1956, where she lived for 65 years, first on Cambridge Rd, and much later in life, at Ann’s Choice. She was employed for many years at the Internal Revenue Service until she retired to care for her husband during his final illness.

Erika enjoyed her family more than anything else. Erika and her husband took their ever growing brood on yearly family camping trips and she continued the tradition as the family exploded with new members.

Erika was an outgoing, friendly, and compassionate person who developed close friends throughout her life, including a lifelong friendship with her third grade penpal from London and her high school sorority sisters.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hatboro for over 60 years since she moved to Warminster. A Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 505 N York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040. Visitation will be held from 10 am to 10:45 am prior to the service at the church. Her interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Erika’s name to The Children’s Heart Foundation at http://give.childrensheartfoundation.org/site/TR/HeartWalk/HeartWalk?px=1002650&pg=personal&fr_id=1365&fbclid=IwAR0RdQbj7AyhfYuI1l5EU1swYJYLXj-C7m9Nh0VdvNAmwY0f5edaS5xJYfY

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Services

Viewing
Saturday
June 11, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
505 N. York Road
Hatboro, PA 19040

Funeral Service
Saturday
June 11, 2022

11:00 AM
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
505 N. York Road
Hatboro, PA 19040

Interment
Saturday
June 11, 2022

12:45 PM
Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery
333 County Line Road
Feasterville, PA 19053

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