VIOLA “VI” ERNST

v-ernst-web.jpgViola “Vi” Ernst died on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at her home in rural Mora. She was 84 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 27th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. VISITATION will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 26th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Viola “Vi” Pauline Ernst was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Henry and Florence (Lundblad) Smith. As Vi grew up she was baptized at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis where she would remain through her growing-up years. She was confirmed in 1939 at the age of 15, and that is when Vi accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She graduated from the Braham High School and began her first job working at the Braham Mercantile as their bookkeeper for 6 years. Vi loved to work with numbers. She met her husband James F. Ernst of Mora, MN, and after 2 months of dating he asked her for her hand in marriage. They wed on May 10th, 1947 at her home church, Braham Evangelical Lutheran. Vi and Jim made their first home in Cambridge, MN and then later moved back to Mora where Jim could go back to farming. Finding that farming was not going to be their life long career, Jim and Vi built a home in Mora where they lived for many years. This would be the home where they would begin their family. Vi and Jim adopted their 2 daughters, Marianne and Janet in 1963 and 1964; who will tell anyone who wants to know that they are the most blessed girls in the world for having Jim and Vi as their parents.

Vi worked at the Kanabec Hospital for a few years, and then later became the secretary/receptionist for the Kanabec Public Health Nursing office for 15 years. She made many friends at her job and remained close to so many of them throughout her life. Vi and Jim’s life together would be cut short as Jim passed away from Leukemia in 1981. Vi also had a group of “sisters” known as The Birthday Club. This group of gals has been together since 1960, faithfully meeting monthly and sharing a bond known to few. Vi is the first “sister” to leave this group since it’s beginnings.

Vi was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church since her and Jim’s life together. She remained an active member on many club circles and bible studies within the church. Vi and Jim, along with their daughters and friends, enjoyed many years of camping, traveling and snowmobiling together. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for all of her family and looked forward to the grandchildren’s many activities. Vi’s family, and her relationship with her Savior, were the most important part of her life, and it showed in the way that she lived. She was ever constant in her prayer life for others, and ready to help all of those in need. Vi was, and will remain, an example of everything that is good to all who knew her. She had a quiet strength, and a grace that could be felt as she walked into the room. She will be so very missed by everyone whose life was touched by her heart. Vi was an amazing mother, grandma, and friend.forever in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her husband James F. Ernst; parents Henry and Florence Smith; loving step-father Pete Sandberg; and special friend Ivan Frase.

She is survived by her daughters Marianne (Chris) Santel of Mora and Janet Folkema of Fridley; brother Warren (Lil) Smith of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandchildren Jennipher (Eric) Nielsen of Marshalltown, IA, Jacob Sallblad of Corcoran, MN, Isaiah & Canaan Santel both of Mora; three great-granddaughters Alyza, Lily and Elizabeth Nielsen; plus several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services held on Saturday, June 27th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Brenda Wicklund officiated. Music provided by Jacki Peterson, Betty Smith, Jennipher Nielsen, Chris and Marianne Santel. Pallbearers are Jacob Sallblad, Les Stromberg, Rick Stromberg, Oly Stromberg, Russ Callander and Mel Anderson. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

2 guestbook entries for VIOLA “VI” ERNST

  1. Leighton Wilkening June 25, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    My family was blessed to know Vi and her family. Her very special sense of humor more than brightened the day. My mother, Ardis, and father, Lloyd, would crack a huge smile when recalling stories about Vi.

    One particularly memorable story is the time a policeman stopped Vi for speeding. He asked her where the party was. She replied, “The party doesn’t start until I get there!” For me, it just doesn’t get any funnier than that. I can only imagine that the policeman had trouble keeping from laughing, too.

    Surely the party in Heaven has now begun, as she is reunited with Jim and other loved ones and friends.

    I will remember the many camping trips my family shared with the Ernst family…the gentle nature of Vi and Jim…and most of all of Vi’s warm smile.

    May God embrace her, and also comfort her family and friends in their time of grief.

    Leighton Wilkening

  2. MaryAnn Vogel July 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Marianne & Janet and your families. My condolences in the loss of your wonderful mother. May she be having a nice friendly chat with the Lord. It is an honor to have known a woman that was honest, warm, kind, giving and peaceful person. Vi had a special “something” that those whom lives she touched, even if for just a short time, will remember for the rest of our lives. May God Bless each and every one of you.
    MaryAnn

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