SCHUYLER — Marcella Ernst, 98, of Schuyler, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at the Schuyler Care and Rehabilitation Center in Schuyler.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Schuyler with the Rev. Bill Mattfeld officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Committal will be in Schuyler Cemetery. Lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall following committal.
Memorials may be made in care of the family for future designation.
Marcella was born April 10, 1919, near Schuyler to Arthur and Hallie Dell (Sigler) Huhn. Following high school, Marcella earned a teaching certificate and taught school for two years. The family moved to California where Marcella and Melvin Ernst were married on Dec. 9, 1938. Melvin brought Marcella "back to Schuyler" and they lived and farmed northwest of Schuyler. Melvin died in 1970 and she moved to town in 1971. Marcella worked at the Top Notch Café for many years, was a great seamstress, making all the clothes for her family, and enjoyed bowling with Melvin. She was very proud of her African violets and geraniums and whenever Melvin made films of the family they began and ended with pictures of her flowers. Marcella was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid.
Surviving are her daughter, Elaine (James) Williams of Bellevue; son Allen (Kak) Ernst of Schuyler; sister, Alice Pilgram of Chula Vista, California; sister-in-law Particia Huhn of Denver; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Hallie Huhn; stepmother, Marie Huhn; husband, Melvin; two daughters, Nancy Debaets and Anita Ernst; one son, Randall Ernst; sister, Genelle Waak; and brother, Leland Huhn.
Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler is in charge of arrangements.