Emma Jean Ernest, 86, Goshen, died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 11, 1931, in Nappanee, to John Lewis and Elizabeth (Snider) Rensberger.
On July 5, 1952, in Goshen, she married Dale Ernest. He died June 17, 2001.
Emma is survived by her daughters, JoAnn (John) Manges, New Paris, and Diann Zamora, Goshen; son, James (Kelly) Ernest, Pierceton; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Catherine Alexander, Goshen; and brother, Wilford Rensberger, Warsaw.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; sisters, Marg Overlander, Myrtle Young and Arlene Kunder; and brothers, Richard, Charles, Douglas and John Everett Rensberger.
She was a 1951 graduate of Nappanee High School and a member of Sugar Grove Church. Emma worked as an assembler at Switches and was a seamstress at Wieland Designs Inc. She also helped with the Shriners Fundraisers.
A special thanks to the Maples at Waterford Crossing and AseraCare Hospice for their loving care during this time.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service Monday, Nov. 6, all at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. Pastor Tony Tice will officiate.
Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children. Online condolences may be shared at rrefh.com
Published on November 3, 2017