Georgia Eernisse, 96

Georgia Eernisse, of Cedarburg, formerly of Port Washington and Grafton, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha. She was 96 years old.

Georgia was born on Sept. 18, 1917, in Idamay, W.Va., the daughter of Jefferson and Margaret Shutz Fluharty. She grew up in West Virginia and attended Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va. She proudly served her country during World War II in the Women’s Army Corps, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

While in service, she met Earl R. Eernisse. The two married at Ft. Worth Air Base chapel at Ft. Worth, Texas, on Oct. 5, 1944, and later settled in Cedarburg to raise their family. Earl preceded her in death in 2007. Georgia was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, as well as a member of Rose-Harms American Legion and Auxiliary Post 355 in Grafton.

Georgia loved to cook, bake and entertain. She had a large cookbook collection and enjoyed trying new recipes when she had the chance. Georgia is survived by three children, Linda (Mark) May of Grafton, Marc (Grace) Eernisse of Port Washington and Sue Thobaben of Waupaca; and 11 grandchildren, Carrie Jo, Todd, Craig, Brianne, Jennifer, Jill, Joseph, Jayne, Liz, Kristin and Clint. She is further survived by 19 great-grandchildren, one great-greatgrandson, sisters, Eileen (Charles) Snider of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Margaret “Marge” (Mahlon) Tennant of Painesville, Ohio; brother, Donald (Jean) Fluharty of Camden, N.C.; brother-in-law, James (Carol) Eernisse of Wabeno; sisters-in-law, Ruthalie Fluharty of Nemacolin, Pa., Ruth (the late Clarence) Fiedler of Hartford, Jean (the late Donald) Eernisse of Port Washington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl; daughter, Ann Eernisse; great-grandson, Trey David Eernisse; daughter-in-law, Evalyn “Jeannie” Eernisse; son-in-law, Harold “Toby” Thobaben; two brothers, Jay J. Fluharty and Roy Fluharty; sister, Edith Rudolph; and brother-inlaw, Robert (the late Marvelle) Eernisse.

Funeral services will be held at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Brent Halverson will be officiating. She will be laid to rest with military honors beside her husband and daughter in Immanuel Cemetery, Cedarburg. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Sunday from noon until 2:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight or Rose-Harms American Legion Post. Online condolences may be left at

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.