Arlene Ernst, 78, Bismarck, passed peacefully on January 14, 2018 at Sanford Health-Sunset Drive, Mandan. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, at Corpus Christi Church. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 19, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m.
Arlene was born on June 29, 1939, to Clements and Elizabeth (Horner) Schuck in Linton, ND. She was the oldest of twelve children. The family moved to LaMoure, ND in 1949. Arlene graduated from LaMoure High in 1958 and attended college in Omaha, NE.
She married LeRoy Ernst in Aberdeen, SD in 1964. The couple settled in Bismarck in 1965, where they raised three children, Michele, Jason and Michael. Arlene worked at Century 21 Landmark as a realtor for a number of years. She was active in her church, enjoyed embroidery, gardening, dancing to Polkas, playing pinochle and also player in various bridge clubs/tournaments. She loved cooking for others and will be fondly remembered by many for her wonderful talent of preparing German cuisine and cheese buttons (kase knoephla). In 2015, she became a resident of Lakewood Landing Retirement Community. She was hospitalized due to a physical illness and subsequently moved to Sunset.
Her survivors include her husband, LeRoy; her children, Michele Ernst, Sacramento, CA; Jason (Stacie) Ernst, Bismarck; and Michael (Tina) Ernst, Kansas City; her grandchildren, Jaylynn Ernst, Joshua Ernst and Trevor Lakoduk; brothers, Larry (Gayle) Schuck, Bismarck, Art Schuck and Clem (Carol) Schuck, Mandan, Tom (Evonne) Schuck, Aberdeen and Jerry (Bonnie) Schuck, Ohio; sisters, Elsie Schuck and Dianna Rauscher, Aberdeen, Mary (Rich) Zelmer, West Richland, WA and Jeanette (David) Kraning, Bismarck; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Ardella) Ernst, Falls Church, VA; sisters-in-law, DarLou Ernst, Sacramento, CA and Dorothy Ernst, Roscoe, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Angeline Huber and Betty Huber.
In lieu of plants and flowers memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Central Dakota Humane Society.