Erma Planck

Obituary of Erma Louise Planck

Constableville- Erma Louise (Gydesen) Planck, (age 90 ), formerly of Harris Road, Constableville, widow of Lowis, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since October 28, 2019. Erma was born in Lyons Falls, on November 19, 1929, a daughter of Peter and Sarah Fey Gydesen. She grew up in the vicinity of Constableville, on the Gydesen homestead farm on the Highmarket Road and graduated from Constableville High School, with the Class of 1948. Thereafter she furthered her education at the Center City Business Institute, Syracuse, graduating in 1949. On October 21, 1950, Erma was united in marriage with Lowis Beecher Planck, at the rectory of St. Mary’s Church, Constableville, where Rev. Donald Kelly officiated. From 1954 until the couple retired in 1986, Erma and Lowis lived and operated a dairy farm on the Fish Creek Road. Later they constructed a new home on Harris Road, near Constableville, where Erma resided until making her home with her daughter and son in law, Lou Anne and Sean Ripp, of Sackets Harbor, NY. Mrs. Planck was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Constableville. Erma will be fondly remembered for her kind ways, sharp wit and sense of humor, strong work ethic and her great willingness to help others in times of need. She never spoke a foul word in her life. Erma was famous for wearing her red outfits and she greatly enjoyed Polka and Polish dances as well as cooking, baking, quilting and outdoor activities. Erma greatly loved and cherished time spent with her children, grandchildren and extended family. She is survived by five daughters and four sons in law; Karen Gilbert, Verona, Cindy (Mark) Dorrity, Port Leyden, Lou Anne (Sean) Ripp, Sackets Harbor, NY, Tina (Ronald) Seavy, Marcy and Marilyn (Frank) Meleski, Copenhagen, NY, and by a daughter in law, Cindy Planck, Boonville. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren; Jeremy (Stacy) Gilbert, Vicki Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert, Nate Dorrity, Mindy Paulsen, Dan (Michelle) Planck, Eric (Mallory) Planck, Lee (Jenn) Planck, John (Jeannemarie) Ripp, Adam Ripp, Bradley (Becky) Manning, Pete Manning, Sarah Yancey, John Ethan Yancey and Nolan Yancey and fourteen great grandchildren; three sisters, Sylvia Zeigler, Boonville, Lucille “Booty” Munn, Utica and Eva Mae (Ed) Swiernik, Turin and special friend, Mary Sweredoski, Lowville. Erma was predeceased by her husband, Lowis on January 7, 2001 and by two sons, Eric H. Planck, in 1975 and Terry A. Planck, in 2011. She was also predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Bauer and brothers, Haver, Nelson and Donnie Gydesen. A Memorial Mass and celebration of Erma’s life will be held at a later date and time to be announced by Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Terry and Eric Planck Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O South Lewis Senior High School, PO Box 10, Turin, NY 13473 or to Constableville Fire Company, P.O. Box 438, Constableville, NY 13325. For an on-line message of sympathy, please go to

Future Service

A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Erma's life will be scheduled at a future date and time to be announced by Trainor Funeral Home, Inc.