|Gertrude E. Ernst|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Monday, March 11, 2013 2:25 PM|
June 10, 1917 - March 9, 2013
Gertrude E. Ernst, 95, of Landeck passed away at 2:40 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest Healthcare Center.
She was born on June 10, 1917, in Landeck to John and Rose (Fischer) Pothast, who are both deceased.
On April 24, 1940, she was united in marriage to Sylvester Knebel. He preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1971. She then married Albert Ernst on Aug. 13, 1978, who preceded her in death on May 26, 1979.
Survivors include one son, Jim (Jane) Knebel of Delphos; one stepdaughter, Joan Mason of Landeck; two brothers, Elmer and Omer Pothast; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; 3 stepgreat-grandchildren; 7 stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and 1 stepgreat-great-great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Walter, Nick and Clifford Pothast; one daughter, Margurite Fisher; two grandchildren, Diane and David Maloney; and 1 great-grandson, Nicholas Mason.
Mrs. Ernst worked in the Delphos School District as a school bus driver, where she was the first female bus driver, and then worked at Lima Armature. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck and a member of the CL of C #84, served on the Board of Directors at the Senior Citizens Center for 15 years and active member at the Senior Citizens Center. She was a past member of the Eagles #471. She worked the election board for 35 years. Her hobbies included playing the piano and organ and she loved to dance.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, the Rev. Melvin Verhoff officiating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a CL of C Service will begin at 3 p.m. and a Parish Wake will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church in Landeck, Landeck Community Club or Delphos Senior Citizens Center.
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