Obituary of Erika Bowers
Erika Bowers, 85, of Sedalia, Missouri, died early Monday morning, April 5, 2021, at Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Windsor, Mo., after a long battle with cancer. She was born March 13, 1936, in Berlin Germany, on Oranienburger Strasse in the Wittenau district of Reinickendorf, the daughter of George and Martha (Andreafski) Bischoff. Erika grew up during WWII and the constant bombings. Her family lived above the grocery store they owned and operated in Wittenau, Berlin. She talked about taking shelter during the bombing raids in two large concrete bunkers she referred to as Hockbunker which are still present today. She said these bunkers saved hundreds of lives. After the war ended, she remembered Russians coming into Berlin on horses with rags on their feet, showing no mercy to Berlin citizens. Her father died when she was young and she was raised by her mother and grandparents. Her grandfather, August, became a father-figure and mentor to her. He spoke several languages, including Russian, which saved their lives during the Russian oppression that followed the end of the war. Her step-father was a high ranking officer in the Wehrmacht. After the war he was shell-shocked and never seen again. Erika was an exchange student in France and earned a degree in marketing in Berlin. She met Donald Bowers while he was stationed in Berlin. They married on November 23, 1956 and had 3 children, Rosemary Evelyn, Aubrey (Bo), and Erik. She moved with her husband to the United States in February 1959. She was proud to become a citizen of the United States at the age of 65. She enjoyed voting and kept current on politics. She worked alongside her husband on the family farm and in his construction business. She also worked for Archway Cookie Factory, Vincent’s Clothing, and then retired at the age of 69 from Cargill. She enjoyed simple things in life like going swimming at the pool on 16th Street in Sedalia, admiring the beauty of flowers, and a Krispy Kreme Donut with a good cup of Maxwell House coffee. Her flowers were also greatly admired by those who traveled by her home, many stopping to take pictures. She enjoyed literature and classical and jazz music, but her favorite music was Polka. She taught her parakeet, “My Bird,” to talk and say all kinds of things. She had many famous statements, but the two she most often shared were “Feind Hӧrt Mit” and “You can’t throw pearls to the swine.” She grew up Catholic and became a Seventh Day Adventist in 1971. She was a devout Christian, knew the Bible well, and raised her children with the knowledge of God. She is survived by her 3 children, Rosemary Birdsong (Moe Weiss), Clinton, Mo., Bo Bowers (Tammy) California, Mo., and Erik Bowers (Dee), Windsor, Mo.; 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and 3 great-grandsons. Private graveside services will be held at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to the Windsor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Activity Fund in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor.