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Penelope "Penny" A. Ernst

February 18, 1946 January 18, 2020
Penelope "Penny" A. Ernst
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Obituary for Penelope "Penny" A. Ernst

Penelope “Penny” A. Ernst, age 73, of Tomahawk, WI, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Woodland Court Elder Services in Merrill, WI, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Penny was born in Prentice, WI, on February 18, 1946, to the late Kaarla and Ardis (Crowell) Hinsa.

Penny grew up in the Brantwood area and was a 1964 graduate of Tripoli High School. After high school, she moved to Milwaukee, WI, for a short time before returning to Spirit Falls, WI, to lovingly raise her three children. Penny was employed at the Woolen Mills and later at Harley-Davidson; retiring in 2002.

She enjoyed the simple things in life…taking day trips in the car, going out to eat with family and friends, visits to the casino, and finding the perfect treasure at a rummage sale. After retirement, Penny and Howard spent their summers at North Forest Campground where they owned a permanent site. Penny’s greatest loves were her children and grandchildren. She loved watching them grow up and spending time with them. Penny was truly a ray of sunshine who lived every moment, loved beyond words, and laughed every day.

Survivors include:

Her Significant Other of many years, Howard Smith, of Tomahawk;

2 Sons, Darrin (Karri) Ernst, of Tomahawk, and Dale (Kim) Ernst, of Tomahawk;

1 Daughter, Mindy Ernst, of Rhinelander, WI;

1 Grandson, Drake Ernst;

4 Granddaughters, Courtney (Ryan) Clark, Alexa Ernst, Baylee Ernst, and Morgan Ernst;

3 Brothers, Steven (Susan) Hinsa, Peter Hinsa, and David “Dick” Hinsa, all of Florida.

Penny is further survived by several Nieces and Nephews; Howard’s Daughter, Jessica (Erick) Kooi; 3 Grandchildren, Amanda, Andrew, and Austin; and 4 Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Kaarla and Ardis.

Memorial Services for Penny Ernst will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM, at Generations Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for Visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of Services at 11:00 AM. Inurnment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in the spring. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Woodland Court Elder Services for their kind and gentle care over the years.


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Visitation

Friday

24

Jan

9:00 AM 1/24/2020 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/24/2020 11:00:00 AM
Generations Funeral Home & Crematory

1400 N 4th St
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Generations Funeral Home & Crematory
1400 N 4th St Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States

Service

Friday

24

Jan

11:00 AM 1/24/2020 11:00:00 AM
Generations Funeral Home & Crematory

1400 N 4th St
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Generations Funeral Home & Crematory
1400 N 4th St Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Greenwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

Greenwood Rd.
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Greenwood Rd. Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States
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