Grace A. Ernster
November 26, 1922 - February 24, 2018

Grace A. Ernster

Grace A. Ernster
Nov 26, 1922 - Feb 24, 2018

Grace A. Ernster
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Grace A. Ernster, 95, of Rochester, MN died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, MN.
Grace Adell Konzen was born November 26, 1922 to Anthony and Rose (Klosterman) Konzen in Holy Cross, Iowa. Grace grew up in Dyersville, IA. On August 18, 1942 she married John Ernster in Dyersville, IA. The couple moved to Des Moines, IA, then back to Dyersville and moved to Spring Valley, MN in 1962. She worked in the library at the High School in Spring Valley and also worked in the cafeteria at IBM. The couple moved to Rochester, MN in 1973. John died in 1997. Grace loved attending parties, watching the MN Twins and MN Vikings, her kids and grandkids sporting events and crocheting.
Grace is survived by her children, Phyllis Ruzek of St. Charles, MN, Les (Vicky) Ernster of Rochester, MN, Jeff (Vicki) Ernster of Spooner, WI and Shelly (Dave) Meyers of Eyota, MN; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rose Ann (Donald) Von Lehmden of Dyersville, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Ramona Esch; and two brothers, Howard and Lester Konzen.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Pax Christi Catholic Church (4135 18th Avenue NW) with the Father Jonathan Fasnacht officiating. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
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Sharon Goede on Mar 2, 2018

CandleThoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I remember Grace from SV and being with her at ballgames, coffee get-togethers, school. hold onto all the memories you all have of her...some loving, some maddening, some happy!

Jackie Esch on Mar 2, 2018

So sorry to hear about Grace's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Tim & Jackie Esch

Judy Wilhelm on Mar 1, 2018

We were saddened to hear of your mother passing. She was always such a joy to have as a neighbor for so many years. May she rest in peace. Love, Judy(Boge) and Tom Wilhelm

Dave and Elaine Hunt on Mar 1, 2018

We are so sorry to read of your mother's death. Grace was a great lady with an amazing sense of humor. Of course your dad had quite the sense of humor, too. I'm sure you enjoyed having her with you all these years, Hope all of you are doing well. Would love to see 'you guys" again sometime.

Theda Lyke on Mar 1, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Les. Theda and Cleo Lyke

Cindy ward on Mar 1, 2018

Thinking of you all during this time.
Cindy (Ward) Satre

Terry Scherbring on Mar 1, 2018

Even though we havr not seen any of the Ernsters for decades, I still remember John and Fritz painting together. Also picnics with our families along with Howard and Rosie's herd. We laughed so hard that our sides ached. RIP Grace.

Rod Steele on Feb 28, 2018

Wonderful, strong, matriarch, kept all her chicks in line, and a few that weren't hers but needed it, the world is a little less today, Rod

Bev Engelken on Feb 28, 2018

Shelly and family - Sorry to hear of your loss and fondly remember our childhood. We had a lot of fun in the old neighborhood! Bev (Boge) Engelken

Pat Hanson on Feb 28, 2018

Thinking of you, Jeff and family, with our deepest sympathy. Pat/Craig Hanson



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Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes
5421 Royal Place NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Pax Christi Catholic Church
4135 18th Avenue NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
11:30 AM

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