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Dorothy Ernhart

October 6, 1916 — August 26, 2015

Dorothy Josephine (Posusta) Ernhart entered the glory of Heaven on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo at the age of 98. Immediately prior to her death she lived independently in Bemidji, Minnesota. Dorothy was born October 6, 1916 near Lester Prairie, Minnesota to Joseph and Mathilda (Emme) Posusta. She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1935 and married Frank Ernhart on September 19, 1939 in Silver Lake. This union was blessed with five children: Kenneth, Lenus, Patti, Jean and Ronald. Together they farmed near Winsted, Waverly and finally Silver Lake until 1962. In 1963, they purchased the Fran-Dora Pines Resort on Lake George, which they operated until 1974. Dorothy loved to dance and she and Frank belonged to square dancing clubs in Cokato and Park Rapids. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting and playing cards. She was active and served as an officer with several organizations including garden and homemakers clubs and the Lake George Senior Center. She was a faithful member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Dorothy also volunteered for many years at various locations including Wholesome Harvest, the Assessment Clinic, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and was Nutrition Site Manager at the Lake George Senior Center and at River Heights in Park Rapids. She is survived by sons: Kenneth (Ann) of Cabot, AR, Lenus (Angela) of Ft. Davis, TX, daughters Patti (Jim) Lee of Custer, SD and Jean (John) Mathweg of Bemidji, MN; daughter-in-law Marlys of Park Rapids, MN; and a brother, Raymond of Dassel, MN; along with fourteen grandchildren: Wayne and Paul Ernhart, Cindi Kalpac, Kevin and Rodney Ernhart, Laura Cheri, Fred and Andy Cordova, Debbie Springman, Dan and Sarah Ernhart, Darren and Mike Mathweg and Jen Vandermeer; twenty seven great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; a son, Ronald; brothers Wilfred and Irvan; and sisters: Evelyn, Lenora and Myrtle. Funeral service will take place at 11 AM Saturday August 29, 2015 at the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN with Father Tom Freidl officiating. The organist will be Joy Horejsi and the mass music will be led by the Alleluia Choir. A Poetic eulogy will be delivered by granddaughter, Laura Cheri and the song "Taste and See" will be sung by her grandson-in-law, Kevin Cheri. The casketbearers will be all her grandchildren. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. A luncheon will be hosted by the church following the services. Interment will be made at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Park Rapids, MN. To leave online condolences or view the video tribute, please visit www.jonespearson.com.
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