Donald H. Ernster

June 19, 1926 ‒ November 18, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Don Ernster carried a prayer book from The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. It helped keep him in an attitude of adoration, love, thanksgiving, petition, compassion, expiation and union. His prayer on page 60: “may I die like the holy patriarchs, leaving without regret this vale of tears to enjoy everlasting rest in my true home” was granted Wednesday morning, as Don went to be with the Lord from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 89.

Born Donald Henry Ernster June 19, 1926 in Caledonia, Minnesota to Raymond and Philomena (Thery) Ernster, Don was graduated from Loretta High School. He served as a Brother with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from 1953 to 1973 and later worked 26 years in sales and service with Hobart.

Don was a devout member of Resurrection Parish, and will be remembered as a gentle gentleman.

He is survived by stepchildren Albert & Tammy Kopina of Wooster, Vicky Wellington of Centerville, TN, Mary Ann & Kenneth Flutz and Kay & Michael Scheurer both of Mansfield; stepdaughter-in-law Linda Kopina of Bellville; grandchildren Dawn & Rocky Geary, Kenneth Fultz, Jr. & Virginia Fultz, Joseph Kopina, Matthew Kopina, Allyson Kopina, Emily Kopina, Rena Caldwell, Nathan Morganstern, Connie & Eric Homerick, Julia & Jeff Hayostek, and Theresa Scheurer; nine great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; sisters Virginia Albert of Caledonia, MN and Sister M. Virgeen of Rochester, MN.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Patricia (Phillips) Ernster on February 27, 2005. Also deceased are a stepson Daniel Kopina; grandchildren Steven Kopina and Wendy Knipfer; a great grandchild Lindsay Simmons; and sons-in-law Richard Wellington and Joel Hayostek.

His family will receive friends Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a Christian Prayer service will follow at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish, celebrated by the Very Rev. Nelson Beaver. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may take the form of Masses or contributions to benefit Resurrection Parish, and may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Don and Pat were the best neighbors. We will miss them. We are so sorry for your loss. Kay and Mike, you worked so hard taking care of of Don, he was truly blessed to have you. We will pray you and your family have peace and strength at this sad time.

  • On behalf of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, I would like to express our sincere condolences on the death of your beloved father and friend, Don. I have always had high regard for both Don and Patty. They were both a big part of the MSC on Rt. 39 in Shelby. I was very happy for Don when he married Patty and became a part of your family. In his married life he remained a part of our MSC family. May you be consoled in knowing that he is reuniting with Patty, his family and our MSC confreres and God whom he had known and loved all his life. RIP.

  • So sorry to see where you had passed away. I work with Patty at Therm-O-Disc, and what a fun person she was. Now she has you to keep her company.
    I will keep you in my prayers.
    Blessing Joyce

  • Don was a mentor and role model for many of us who were novices at Sacred Heart Seminary in Shelby. A kind and gentle person and hard worker who led a quiet life of prayerful fidelity to God. A blessing to have known him as well as his dear wife,Pat.