Mildred “Millie” Martha Amelia Ernst, Rockford


Mildred “Millie” Martha Amelia Ernst, age 86 years, 10 months, died suddenly while at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD on October 20, 2014.
She was born on December 21, 1927 in Middleville Twp., Wright County, MN, the daughter of Louis and Matilda (Elfmann) Ladda, and lived a farm life. She was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Twp. The family moved to a farm near Hanover. As a teenager, Mildred would walk to Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield Village for instruction of Confirmation. She was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1941 by Pastor W.P. Haar.
Mildred was joined in holy matrimony to August H. Ernst on May 6, 1946, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pelican Lake. God blessed this union with seven children. As the family grew, they were faithful members of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, MN.
Mildred worked hard all her life, helping her father milk cows and also harvest with horses. After marrying, she helped her husband farm in the early years of their union. After starting a family, Mildred worked the night shift at Wasserman Bakery and Holmquist Bakery, arriving home in time to let August go to work, or later, older siblings get to school.
After August passed away, Millie spent time in Missouri with her son and his family and later in Winner, SD staying with her daughter, living with Ann.
Mildred loved looking out the window bird watching as she always made sure there was feed in the feeders or later watching the cows and calves in the pasture. She was always ready for another day.
Mildred is survived by her children, Ann (Neil) Vogt of Winner, SD, Thomas (Debbie) Ernst of Buffalo, MN, Ruth (Timothy) Vogt of Winner, SD, Micah (Claudia) Ernst of Eugene, MO, Joel (Mary) Ernst of Willeston, ND, Philip (Vicky) Ernst of Buffalo, MN; daughter-in-law, Patty Ernst of St. Paul, MN; 21 grandchildren and their spouses; 23 great-grandchildren and their spouses; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ladda and Maxine Ladda; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband, August Ernst, son, Daniel Ernst, her parents, Louis and Matilda Ladda, brothers, Victor Ladda and Herman Ladda.
Friends called on the family at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 26, from 4-8 p.m..
Funeral services for Mildred Ernst were held on Monday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow officiated.
Honorary casket bearers were Cody Ernst, Aaron Ernst, Clayton Ernst and Elijah Ernst.
Casket bearers were Jonathan Lazer, Matthew Ernst, Bradley Vogt, Ryan Vogt, Nathanael Ernst, Ezekiel Ernst, Joshua Ernst and Uriah Ernst.
Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN assisted the family with arrangements.
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