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Ilse Erika Lantry

Obituary for Ilse Erika Lantry

December 5, 1936 - November 14, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 82


Ilse Erika Lantry, born December 5, 1936 in Germany, of San Antonio, Texas, left this earth to fly with the eagles on November 14, 2019, finally free from pain and suffering. She left peacefully after a short illness. She leaves her husband of 55 years, Richard; sons, Bruce and Skip (Brent) and daughter, Janet. Erika is also survived by Bruce's wife Elizabeth and Janet's wife Ava. Bruce's children, Anna, Ashley, Michael, Bryce, and Grayson, his stepchildren, Orion, Olea, Maverick, and Marshall and Janet's son Alexander. Kitty Wood Lantry, who remained an important part of the family. Her cats Toby and Tigger will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, and is survived by her niece and great niece and great nephew, of New Jersey.

Erika (her preferred name) started her life in Germany, immigrating to the US in her 20s. Erika met her husband through their love of choral music in Nebraska, where they started their family and then moved many places as an Army family, landing in San Antonio, where Erika and Richard lived for 26 years. Erika leaves behind a long history of helping others through healing, essential oils, and sharing her wisdom. Erika had a big heart for animals and felt a strong connection with bluebirds and eagles, remaining a loyal member of the community who watched the Decorah Eagles on their adventures. She also made sure those she loved were fed and often donated to organizations preventing or ending food insecurity. Erika had a unique love for classical music as well, often attending symphony and chamber concerts in San Antonio. Flamenco dancing was another love, and she would be considered a Flamenco groupie in San Antonio until mobility issues made it much harder to attend performances. Erika was also a flutist, photographer, and avid reader, devouring books, often several in a week's time. She had a special interest in religious and spiritual studies.

The family will not have services to honor Erika's wishes. We ask if you wish to honor Erika's life you donate to an organization dedicated to pet adoption, wildlife conservation, literacy, access to books, or ending food insecurity. Two options she felt a strong commitment to are the Decorah Eagles ( and San Antonio Food Bank ( Or the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center. You can also honor Erika by being a little nicer today, standing up for yourself, playing some classical music, or watching the eagles for a bit on the eagle cam ( . You can also make sure you vote in 2020. She was patiently awaiting the 2020 election.

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