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Fernandez, Erika K.

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March 10, 1937 - November 17, 2012

Fernandez, Erika K.

Erika Katharina Fernandez
Passed on Saturday November 17, 2012 at home in her sleep.
Born on March 10, 1937 in Alerheim (Bavaria) Germany. She was the daughter of the late Freidrich and Katharina Bachmann Schlierf. Meeting her future husband Charles Fernandez while she was working at the PX in Kafertal (Mannheim) Germany, she moved to Texas in 1958. As a seamstress she created beautiful outfits for skaters and dancers. Later she earned her Residential Real Estate license and became an Agent Broker working in North Dallas for many years before retiring in 2010. Erika had a gift with gardening and even today the home is filled with the plants she cared for.

Erika is survived by her husband of 53 years, Charles Felix Fernandez, two sons, Charles Edmund Fernandez and his wife, Lynn of Keller TX and Patrick Henry Fernandez and his partner Nikki Gore with son Alex of Dallas TX. She has four grandchildren, Timothy, Christian, Katheryn, and Aoife. She has a sister Hedi Williams of Walkerton, Ontario, Canada, and two brothers Fritz Schlierf of Weinsburg (Heilbronn) Germany and Karl Schlierf of Gerlingen (Stuttgart) Germany. Erika has numerous nieces and nephews and extended family throughout the world. She was preceded in death by her sister Luise Marie Darnell of Hollywood MD.

A family visitation will be conducted Friday November 23rd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the North Dallas Funeral Home located at 2710 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch, Texas 75234 (972) 241-9100, with a memorial service starting at 7:00pm.

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Leona (Haverkamp) Heraty and Steve Heraty

November 29, 2012 3:26PM

Dear Charles,

We want to express our condolences on the passing of Erika. I remember her when Royal and Pat and I were friends at Mary Immaculate School, and she would come over to visit my Mom, Connie, and they would laugh and have coffee and catch up on the news. She was always very kind to us and had a great sense of humor. Royal and I thought it was so neat when she told us that she road a motorcycle in Germany! :-)

May she rest in peace with our dear Lord.


Leona (Haverkamp) Heraty and Steve Heraty

Martha (Cole) Krenson

November 27, 2012 10:01AM

Charlie, I have such nice memories of the late 70's/early 80's when we worked together at 8435. You and Erica were always so fun and willing to open your home to strays like me! Blessings to you and the boys at this tender time.

Gene Hopkins

November 24, 2012 8:00PM

Charles, Patrick, and Charley. So nice to meet the sons at the memorial, and to see you Charles. It was the nicest memorial I ever attended in my life. What a wonderful tribute to her memory and celebration of her life. After 32 years it was hard to say goodbye. Today I had the urge of wanting to pick up the phone and call. I have had that urge daily since my sister passed a year ago. My sister lived here for 40 years then went to E. TX to retire. Most of all about Erika, we were friends, and best friends, for over 32 years and never ever lost touch. Most every month we chatted on the phone, always real estate, the boys, and Charles. I would drop by and visit now and then too. Hard habit to break and I am so sad to lose such a life long friend who was just like another sister. I have lost both of my sisters now, and Erika. But the Lord Bless and keep her and console Charles and the boys for their loss. You were so lucky to have such a wonderful mom and wife in your lives, as were all of us that called her "best friend". God bless all.

Gene Hopkins

November 23, 2012 5:10PM

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Gene Hopkins

November 23, 2012 4:55PM

My deepest and heart felt condolences to husband Charles, son Patrick, and other son Charles. Erika has been my constant best friend. We shared real estate and both just loved to chat about it. I enjoyed working with her early on in our 32 year friendship then phoning each other every month or so or stopping by her home to visit and look out at the golf course. She was such a dynamic positive person and full of zest and vigor. I shall miss her greatly but by being best friends will have that connection for eternity. RIP my dearest beloved friend.

Alex and Sharon Ray

November 23, 2012 4:54PM

Our hearts go out to the Fernandez family.

Renee Mears

November 23, 2012 2:42PM

Charles & Family,

I was so moved and saddened when I heard of Erika's passing. I spoke with her just a month or so ago and she indicated she was much better. She sounded better and I was encouraged that her health was improving. We loved Erika, she such an outgoing, ever-helpful person who was always looking for new and improved ways to help her clients in real estate! We will miss hearing her sweet German voice and her cute sense of humor! It was our honor and delight to have known her. I know you, her family, are missing her already, your all in our prayers!

Glenda and Johnie Herbert

November 23, 2012 12:05PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at the loss of dear Erika. She was always smiling and a joy to be around. We know you will miss her so.

Margie Sweden

November 23, 2012 10:57AM

Such a wonderful person, so kind to everyone, you made this world a better place. I know The Lord has welcomed you to home in heaven. RIP.

Rose aronowitz

November 23, 2012 10:03AM

I was so saddened to learn about ericka. I have known her for many years. She was in the century 21 office with my late husband Jerry for many years and he would come home laughing about something had said

Last time I saw her she enjoyed telling me about her grandchildren please accept my condolences. Rose aronowitz

Tim, Karen, Evan & Sarah Yarbrough

November 22, 2012 12:25PM

Fernandez Family,

We join you in your sorrow and will miss Erika. We are thankful and better for having known her. We have fond memories of sharing her love for gardening and working around the house. We will miss conversations about home improvement, real estate and opera, and the wonderful smell of spices when she was cooking.

Ken & Suzanne Nixon

November 22, 2012 12:45AM


Our prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.