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December 24, 1920 – Sunday, March 16, 2014

Service Information
Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake
Friday, March 21, 2014
3:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Thursday, March 20, 2014
5-7 P.M.

Mayta Ernst, age 93, of Buffalo was received into her heavenly home on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Mayta was born on December 24, 1920 to Pauline (Schuman) Frank and Gustav Frank. She was a faithful, lifelong member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was baptized and confirmed there also.

Mayta married her childhood sweetheart, Arnold Ernst, on November 27th, 1940 (the same year as the Armistice Day blizzard). She and Arnold grew up together as neighbors and attended the same little country school.

Mayta and Arnold lived their lives together on the Ernst family farm, on the north side of Beebe Lake, where they raised their two sons, Byron and Gerald.

Mayta loved living by the lake and spent much of her time enjoying the beauty of nature as she worked in her gardens and fished from the dock.
She was known for her adorable, (one of a kind) teddy bears. She spent endless hours creating and sewing chenille and real fur bears (literally hundreds of them over a 20 year time period). She enjoyed seeing the happy faces of the recipients of her special creations.

Her final months were spent at Park View Care Center, where she received very attentive and compassionate care. Earlier in her life, Mayta had worked at Park View for 15 years.

Mayta suffered many losses in life but always looked to the Lord for strength to sustain her. She would always say, “It doesn’t pay to feel sorry for yourself. You have to be grateful to God for what you have.”

Mayta was preceded in death by her parents Gustav and Pauline Frank; her husband, Arnold; her son Byron; two infant sons; her granddaughter Cerissa Ernst; her great-granddaughter Michelle Schillewaert; sisters Alma (Harold) Schleif and Lydia (Ted) Ernst; brothers Ernest Frank, Hubert Frank and John Frank.

She is survived by son Gerald (Sharon) Ernst; grandchildren Georgia and Jeremy Nyberg; and three great-grandchildren Kayla, Michael and Mason; sisters-in-law Phyllis Frank and Mildred Ernst; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Mayta Ernst will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN. Reverend Stephen Smith will officiate.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 5-7 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM.

Casket Bearers will be Tom Ernst, Philip Ernst, Marlin Frank, Herman Ernst, Jeremy Nyberg and Shawn Lenz.

Interment will be held at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Buffalo, MN.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bruce & Nancy Adickes

    Our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Judy Klatt

    I played cards for several years with Arnold and Mayta along with my folks, Robert and Althea Maehling. What fun. I also remember picnics in July at their place when I brought my kids and they swam until they were so tired. Rest in peace Mayta. Sympathy to the family. Judy and Ken Klatt

  3. Beverly & James Given

    Our memories of Mayta go back some 44 years. As young adults we had a cabin on Bebee Lake and would always go up to Mayta and Arnold’s farm. She was a kind and gentle person and will be deeply missed.

  4. Alison Robeck

    When I met Mayta, she was a little lady with a big Doberman and an even bigger heart. She was always welcoming, never without a baked good to share, and it was so enjoyable to just sit and talk with her. She touched many lives, and many hearts, and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace sweet lady.

  5. Ardin Marschel

    Mayta was a wonderful loving person. Every time I visited back to Minnesota I made sure to visit Mayta. She was always so much fun to talk to.


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