Erma Eileen Flitz Sellers Hardt, 99, of Litchfield, passed away on Sun., Sept. 26, 2021 at 8:46 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born on Dec. 7, 1921 in South Litchfield Twp., a daughter of John and Mary (Bohlen) Flitz. Erma married Russell Franklin Sellers on July 7, 1939. He preceded her in death on June 18, 1979. She later married Arthur Alexander Hardt on Dec. 26, 1982. He preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 2004. In her earlier years, she was employed at WEPCO and Sunshine Park in Litchfield. Erma dedicated her time to being a farm wife. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, where she was active in the Zion Ladies Aid. Erma was awarded the title of the oldest active farm woman in Montgomery County. She was a member of the Litchfield Senior Citizens, Montgomery County Genealogical Society, and Montgomery County Home Extension. Erma was a tireless fruit and vegetable gardener, annually producing dozens and dozens of preserved canned foods. She enjoyed traveling, square dancing, quilting, seamstress work, fishing and boating. Erma volunteered her time for more than 25 years at local area nursing homes. She is survived by:
1 son, Merl Franklin “Frank” (Joan) Sellers of Falls Church, VA
1 step-son, Lindell (Vernetta) Hardt of Litchfield
1 step-daughter, Ivy (Frank) Gill of Mt. Olive
7 grandchildren, Hardt Sachs; Sunnie Jo (Bill) Gulliver; Blaze Hardt (companion, Cheryl); Corrie (Fred) Campbell; Dusttie (Dan) Beck; Warren Gill (Janice Veteran); Loren (Jennifer) Gill
14 great-grandchildren, Casey; Gaege, Cody; Chase; Holt; Jade; Jewel; Sabrina; Jonathon; Dylan; Evan; Austin; Alic; Leighton
1 great-great-grandchild, and another on the way
Erma was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; 1 brother, Henry Flitz; 1 sister, Irene Fenton; and 1 grandson, Lucas Hardt.
Funeral service will be held on Sat., Oct. 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Rev. Fred Kraemer of Zion Lutheran will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. The family suggests any memorials be made to the Sellers-Hardt Vocational Scholarship Fund at Litchfield High School c/o Plummer Funeral Home. This scholarship fund is dedicated to Litchfield High School graduating seniors looking to pursue vocational trades and training. Erma had the pleasure of presenting this scholarship award for several years at the High School. Family is requesting for those attending the services masks will be required.
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Sellers-Hardt Vocational Scholarship Fund at Litchfield High School
c/o Plummer Funeral Home, Litchfield IL 62056