Dorothy J. Ernhart, 98

Dorothy Josephine (Posusta) Ernhart, age 98, of Bemidji, formerly of Silver Lake, entered the glory of Heaven Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

Dorothy was born Oct. 6, 1916, near Lester Prairie, to Joseph and Mathilda (Emme) Posusta.

She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1935, and married Frank Ernhart Sept. 19, 1939, in Silver Lake. This union was blessed with five children: Kenneth, Lenus, Patti, Jean, and Ronald.

Dorothy and Frank farmed near Winsted, Waverly, and finally Silver Lake until 1962.

In 1963, they purchased the Fran-Dora Pines Resort on Lake George, which they operated until 1974.

Dorothy loved to dance, and she and Frank belonged to square dancing clubs in Cokato and Park Rapids. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting, and playing cards. She was active and served as an officer with several organizations including garden and homemakers clubs and the Lake George Senior Center.

She was a faithful member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Dorothy also volunteered for many years at various locations including Wholesome Harvest, the Assessment Clinic, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and was nutrition site manager at the Lake George Senior Center and at River Heights in Park Rapids.

Immediately prior to her death, Dorothy lived independently in Bemidji.

She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Ann) of Cabot, AR, and Lenus (Angela) of Ft. Davis, TX; daughters Patti (Jim) Lee of Custer, SD, and Jean (John) Mathweg of Bemidji; daughter-in-law Marlys of Park Rapids; a brother, Raymond, of Dassel; along with 14 grandchildren: Wayne and Paul Ernhart, Cindi Kalpac, Kevin and Rodney Ernhart, Laura Cheri, Fred and Andy Cordova, Debbie Springman, Dan and Sarah Ernhart, Darren and Mike Mathweg, and Jen Vandermeer; 27 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; a son, Ronald; brothers Wilfred and Irvan; and sisters Evelyn, Lenora, and Myrtle.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids, with Father Tom Freidl officiating. Joy Horejsi was the organist, and the Mass music was led by the Alleluia Choir.

A poetic eulogy was delivered by Dorothy’s granddaughter, Laura Cheri; and the song, “Taste and See” as sung by her grandson-in-law, Kevin Cheri.There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Her grandchildren were her casket bearers.

Arrangements were with Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids. To leave online condolences or view the video tribute, visit www.jonespearson.com.

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