Dorothy Ellenora (Schmidt) Ernst, age 94, of Lester Prairie, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at Sterling Pointe Senior Living in Princeton.
Dorothy was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Hollywood, the daughter of Herman and Elsie (Hedtke) Schmidt. Dorothy was baptized as an infant Sept. 5, 1926, and later was confirmed in her faith as a youth March 17, 1940, both by Pastor W. L. Ernst at St. John Lutheran Church in New Germany. She attended school through the eighth grade.
Dorothy and Stanley met at a dance in New Germany, and were dancing together ever since. Dorothy was united in marriage to Stanley Ruben Ernst Oct. 15, 1947, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, by the Rev. R. A. Ritz.
Dorothy and Stanley made their home in Lester Prairie, Babbitt, and Embarrass, MN. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Gary, Rick, Joan, Brian, and Deborah. Dorothy and Stanley shared over 61 years of marriage together, until Stanley passed away June 17, 2009.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Dorothy worked at Arrow Shirt Factory in Virginia.
Dorothy was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Dorothy was a strong and independent lady. She enjoyed embroidering dish towels, fishing, polka dancing, and raising chickens. Dorothy loved gardening, canning, cooking, baking, and feeding people. Her true passion was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Gary Ernst and his wife, Denise, of Lester Prairie, Rick Ernst and his wife, Kris, of Radisson, WI, Joan Pince of Superior, WI, Brian Ernst and his wife, Tammy, of Talladega, AL, Deborah Arens and her husband, Alvin, of Mora; grandchildren, Brady Ernst and his significant other, Sammy, Lee Kappes and his wife, Tia, Eric Kappes and his wife, Sheila, Adam Kappes and his significant other, Martina, Zachary Ernst and his wife, Marie, Nick Thompson and his significant other, Tina, Angela Mack and her husband, Eric, Bree Stone and her husband, Ian, Dana Persing and her husband, Scott, Raelynn Arens, Cecily Ernst and her significant other, Will; great-grandchildren, Layna Ernst, Colbie Ernst, Hannah Stone, Kallee Stone, Blake Stone, Morgan Peterson, Taylor Borg, Natalie Thompson, Kennidy Kappes, Garrett Kappes, Jameson Kappes, Brooklyn Ernhart, Max Persing, Maxton Demry, Malaki Demry, Veda Ernst, Olivander Ernst, Cole Mack, Eliana Mack; sister-in-law, Carol Bruckschen and her husband, Roland, of Lester Prairie; nephews, nieces, other relatives, and many friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Elsie Schmidt; husband, Stanley Ernst; sons-in-law, Kent Kappes, Dan Pince; siblings, Paulina Paul and her husband, Ed, Ortwin Schmidt and his wife, Lorna, Evelyn Strei and her husband, Walter; and sister-in-law, Evangeline Thiel and her husband, Roland.
A private family funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment in the church cemetery.
Pastor Eric Nelson officiated, with organist Lynn Mueller. Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Hark, The Voice of Jesus Crying.” Dorothy’s grandchildren were the casket bearers.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituary and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.