BRAINARD — Ernest "Ernie" Havlovic, 85, of Brainard, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.
A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Brainard. Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Sunday, with a 6 p.m. rosary service, at the church. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent in care of the family.
Ernie was born on May 17, 1932, to Joseph and Edith (Rerucha) Havlovic on the farm near Brainard. He went to school until the eighth grade at Holy Trinity. On Feb. 3, 1953, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and served until Jan. 6, 1955. He came home and farmed for most of his life.
Ernie was involved with the Brainard Volunteer Fire Department, and loved to cook for their breakfasts. He like to garden, raise chickens, farm and take annual trips with his friends. Ernie was strong in his faith, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Brainard Rejda Legion Post 273.
He is survived by his siblings Sister Ernestine (Helen) of Omaha, Bro. Edward (Wilfred) of Milwaukee, Jim (Elaine) Havlovic of Stacyville, Iowa, Marie (Larry) Mielak of Columbus, Ray (Orletha) Havlovic of David City, Leonard (JoAnn) Havlovic of Wichita, Kansas, Katherine (Chuck) Lavicky of Dwight, Bernard (Maureen) Havlovic of Lyle, Minnesota, Martin Havlovic of Portage, Wisconsin, Edwin Havlovic of Weehauken, New Jersey, and George (Mary) Havlovic of El Paso, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Edith, brothers Joe Havlovic and Jerome Havlovic and an infant brother Francis.
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