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December 21, 1927 – Monday, October 20, 2014

Service Information
Cross Lutheran Church, Rockford, MN
Monday, October 27, 2014
10:30 A.M.

Visitation Information
Cross Lutheran Church, Rockford, MN
Sunday, October 26, 2014
4-8 P.M.

Mildred “Millie” Martha Amelia Ernst, age 86 years 10 months, died suddenly while at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD on October 20, 2014.

She was born on December 21, 1927 in Middleville Twp., Wright County, MN the daughter of Louis and Matilda (Elfmann) Ladda and lived a farm life. She was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Twp. The family 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 on 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, MN.

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 staying with her daughter, living with 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, MN, Ruth (Timothy) Vogt of Winner, SD, Micah (Claudia) Ernst of Eugene, MO, Joel (Mary) Ernst of Willeston, ND, Philip (Vicky) Ernst of Buffalo, MN; daughter-in-law Patty Ernst of St. Paul, MN; 21 grandchildren and their spouses; 23 great-grandchildren and their spouses; sisters-in-law Dorothy Ladda and Maxine Ladda; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband August Ernst, son Daniel Ernst, her parents Louis and Matilda Ladda, brothers Victor Ladda and Herman Ladda.

Friends may call on the family at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services for Mildred Ernst will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow will officiate.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Cody Ernst, Aaron Ernst, Clayton Ernst and Elijah Ernst.

Casket Bearers will be Jonathan Lazer, Matthew Ernst, Bradley Vogt, Ryan Vogt, Nathanael Ernst, Ezekiel Ernst, Joshua Ernst and Uriah Ernst.

Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ardin Marschel

    Mildred will be missed. Visiting with her as always a joy. My condolences as I am sure she is at peace now in Heaven.

  2. Nancy Henson Schroeder

    I have so many memories of this beautiful lady. Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Terry and Carole Waschek

    Our condolences to Mildred’s family and friends. I always enjoyed seeing Mildred in church. She was always a snazzy dresser. I will miss her.


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