Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler officiated, and burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.
Ethel was born on Dec. 27, 1913 in Laurens, to Emil and Anna Kate (Reinhart) Johnson. She attended Pocahontas Schools. She had owned and operated the Quality Café in Cherokee from 1960 until 1970 when she retired. She was married to Ronald Ehrich on February 20, 1970 at Sioux Falls, S.D.
She was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee and was active in the women's groups of the church. She had been a resident of Cherokee for many years and had also lived in Pocahontas for several years, most recently from 2001-2004 before moving back to Cherokee. She belonged to the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital Quilting Group. Ethel enjoyed quilting, square dancing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner at the church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ronald Ehrich on Sept. 1, 2000, a daughter Dorla Christiansen, two brothers George and Delbert "Bud" Johnson, two sisters Freida Moritz and Edna Shipman.
She is survived by one daughter: Sandra Hood of LaCrosse, Wisconsin and her special friend Fritz Schott of Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren; one sister Winnie Lewis of Pocahontas; also several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.