Gertrude Louise Ernst, 91
Jan. 2, 1924 -- Aug. 4, 2015
*Gertrude Louise Clarinda (nee Gierach) Ernst left this world to be with her Lord and Savior in His Heavenly mansion on Aug. 4, 2015. She was born in Rockfield at the farm home of her parents, Herman and Mathilda Gierach, during a snowstorm on Jan. 2, 1924. Her father left with horse and sled to get the doctor, but Gertrude was born before they could return. Two weeks later, she was not expected to survive a case of pneumonia. She was baptized on Jan. 13, 1924, confirmed on May 23, 1937, married to Melvin Ernst on Oct. 17, 1942, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistadt. Much time was spent on the farm, and she enjoyed ice skating, roller skating, sledding, tobogganing and dancing. She also learned to play the concertina. At age 18, she married Melvin Ernst, a loving and sincere man. They lived at a remodeled house owned by Melvin’s grandparents for seven years. Melvin’s parents then gave them an acre of land to build a Lannon stone house, which was their home for 43 years, raising their family with many continued blessings from our God.
Daughter Carolyn married James Brueggemann; son Clifford married Susie Schmeling; daughter Beverly married Mark Brueggemann (Jim and Mark are brothers); twin sons Tom and Tim married Vickie Probst and Cindy Secord, respectively; and son Brian married Pamella Wirkus. All six children attended Trinity Freistadt grade school and Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Carolyn, Beverly, Tom and Tim graduated from various Concordia colleges, Brian from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, while Clifford became an honored veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. After the children were on their own, Gert worked for André Furs in Shorewood for 31 years and loved it. She also loved baking, cooking, knitting, sewing, children and babies. They always had family devotions, attended church and Bible studies regularly and served many other organizations within the church. Mel and Gert were blessed and proud of their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
*Excepts from Gert’s own obituary notes. Funeral services were held on Aug. 10, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistadt. Memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistadt, or the charity of your choice are appreciated. Interment church cemetery.
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