Erma suffered from polycystic kidney syndrome her entire life. in April of 1996 she passed away due to complications of a kidney transplant in San Francisco. Her words still resonate with readers –and writers– throughout the country. Every two years, the University of Dayton hosts the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, where humor writers gather to discuss Erma and her writings, and how they can improve their own writing or reach the best possible audience.