Mildred “Millie” Martha Amelia Ernst, age 86, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, while at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
She was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Middleville Township, Wright County, the daughter of Louis and Matilda (Elfmann) Ladda, and lived a farm life. Mildred was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Twp.
The family later moved to a farm near Hanover. As a teenager, Mildred would walk to Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield Village for instruction of confirmation. She was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1941, by Pastor W.P. Haar.
Mildred was joined in holy matrimony to August H. Ernst May 6, 1946, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pelican Lake. God blessed this union with seven children.
As the family grew, they were faithful members of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.
Mildred worked hard all her life, helping her father milk cows and also harvest with horses. After marrying, she helped her husband farm in the early years of their union.
After starting a family, Mildred worked the night shift at Wasserman Bakery and Holmquist Bakery, arriving home in time to let August go to work or later, older siblings get to school.
After August passed away, Millie spent time in Missouri with her son and his family, and later in Winner, SD, living with her daughter, Ann.
Mildred loved looking out the window bird watching, as she always made sure there was feed in the feeders; or later watching the cows and calves in the pasture. She was always ready for another day.
Mildred is survived by her children, Ann (Neil) Vogt of Winner, SD, Thomas (Debbie) Ernst of Buffalo, Ruth (Timothy) Vogt of Winner, SD, Micah (Claudia) Ernst of Eugene, MO, Joel (Mary) Ernst of Willeston, ND, and Philip (Vicky) Ernst of Buffalo; daughter-in-law Patty Ernst of St. Paul; 21 grandchildren and their spouses; 23 great-grandchildren and their spouses; sisters-in-law Dorothy Ladda and Maxine Ladda; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, August, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Ernst; her parents, Louis and Matilda Ladda; and brothers Victor Ladda and Herman Ladda.
Funeral services took place Monday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow officiating. Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
Honorary casket bearers were Cody Ernst, Aaron Ernst, Clayton Ernst, and Elijah Ernst.
Casket bearers were Jonathan Lazer, Matthew Ernst, Bradley Vogt, Ryan Vogt, Nathanael Ernst, Ezekiel Ernst, Joshua Ernst, and Uriah Ernst.
Friends called on the family at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church Sunday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.