Donald A.R. Eernisse

Donald A.R. Eernisse, 82, of Cedarburg, died Thursday afternoon, April 2, 2009, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon where he had been a patient for the past week and a half.

He was born April 15, 1926, in Grafton, son of the late Oscar and Viola Staewen Eernisse. Donald served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart after his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Indian Ocean. On Oct. 1, 1949, he married Jean Tolksdorf at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. He worked at Grob Inc. in Grafton for 38 years, retiring in 1988. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton and a member of Rose-Harms American Legion Post.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; four children, Donna (James) Gunderson of Wautoma, Pamela (Larry) Beverung of Saukville, Dennis (Connie) Eernisse of Cedarburg and John (Monique) Eernisse of Rhome, Texas; five grandchildren, Heidi, Chad, Adam, Meghan, and Ross; and three great-grandchildren, Kylie, Preston, and Par; his sister, Ruth (the late Clarence) Fiedler of Wild Rose; two brothers, Robert (Marvelle) Eernisse of Grafton and James (Carol) Eernisse of Wabeno; two sisters-in-law, Georgia (the late Earl) Eernisse of Port Washington and Virginia (the late Verle) Nicholas of Grafton; one brother-in-law, Richard (Lynne) Tolksdorf of Prescott, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grafton, with Pastor Kenton Wendorf officiating. Burial with military honors at will be at Zur Ruhe Cemetery, Cedarburg. Donald will lie in state from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Rose-Harms American Legion are appreciated.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at