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Eunice M. Ernst, 88

Eunice Marie Ernst, age 88, of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia.

She was born Oct. 14, 1922, at Lester Prairie, to William and Leona (Wiggs) Emich. At Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Eunice was baptized by Pastor Spleis and confirmed by Pastor Stahlke.

She attended parochial and public schools, and in 1940, graduated from Lester Prairie High School.

Eunice married William ‘Johnny’ Ernst Feb. 1, 1942, and for many years they farmed in Clearwater Township, Wright County. Eunice also worked at Wonderalls, Briggs Lake Home for the Handicapped, Annandale Care Center, Nelson Brothers Restaurant, and Bernatello’s Pizza.

Eunice enjoyed time with her family and friends, quilting, sewing, embroidering, and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, William, of Howard Lake; seven children, Charlotte (Dale) Jopp of Hutchinson, Susan (Peter) Lenz of South Haven, William Jr (Faye) of Young America, Nadine (Dennis) Jopp of Maple Lake, Nancy (Gerald) Adams of Jackson, MO, Wanda (Rob) Yelton of Annandale, and Jill Ernst of Howard Lake; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, William and Leona Emich; parents-in-law William and Agnes Ernst; a son-in-law, Gary DeMorett; a brother, Earl; sisters Glenna Kohler, Ruth Brown, and Doris Holtz; brothers-in-law Harold and Alvin Ernst, George Emich, Emmert Jenneke, Leon Kohler, Robert Brown, and Vernon Holtz; and sisters-in-law Helen Emich, JoArda Ernst, Ethel Emich, and Lois Jenneke.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale with the Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. The organist was Kathryn Queck. Burial followed at Corinna Cemetery, Corinna Township, Wright County.

Friends called Friday, Feb. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued Saturday one hour prior to the services.

Pallbearers were Eunice’s eight grandsons, Troy Lenz, Todd, David and Timothy Jopp, Eric Ernst, and Nathan, Joshua and Jacob Adams.

Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Annandale. Obituary, guestbook and video tribute online at dingmannfuneral.com