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Ernestine Green, 1932-2019

Funeral services for Ernestine “Ernie” Green will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Kurt Farrell will officiate. Interment will be at St. Theodore Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, and again one hour prior to the visitation at the church.

Ernie passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community. She was 87 years old.

Ernestine Lucille (Johndro) was born on March 12, 1932, in Limestone, Maine, to Herman and Eva Johndro. Following her schooling, Ernie was working at the new Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, where she eventually met her future husband.

Roland Green was a member of the Air Force Band and was sent to Maine to practice as a group. Fate led these two to meet each other, and the couple was married on Nov. 21, 1955, at Loring Air Force Base. The couple spent 63 wonderful years together. After Roland’s military service was complete, the family moved to Albert Lea, where they had been residents ever since. Ernie worked at Fleet Farm Supply in Albert Lea for over 30 years, all while taking care of her family.

Ernie enjoyed being a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church, where she served funeral lunches and Loaves and Fishes often. Faith was always important to Ernie.

In her free time, Ernie enjoyed keeping her mind sharp by reading and doing adult coloring books. She liked being outside, walking and maintaining an active lifestyle. Ernie was kind, caring and always put others before herself. Above all else, faith and family were at the center of Ernie’s life. Ernie was at her happiest when she was with her family.

She is preceded in death by parents Herman and Eva Johndro; and many brothers and sisters.

Ernie is survived by her husband of 63 years, Roland Green of Albert Lea; three children, Nancy (Duane) Beckmann of Rochester, Larry (Marian) Green of Lakeville and Jeffrey (Julie) Green of Oronoco; grandchildren Jennifer (Brent) Picker, Bridget (Ross) Moyer, Jamie (Matt) Ishler, Tina (Adam) Gruver, Tony Metcalf, Luke (Jackie) Mosiman, Matthew Mosiman and Danielle Mosiman; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Darrel (Patricia) Johndro; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

“The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me.” — Matthew. 25:40.  In everything Ernie did, she did wholeheartedly for the Lord.

Blessed be her memory.