OBITUARY

William H. Erneste

February 14, 1938May 6, 2021

William Henry Erneste, age 83 passed away Thursday, May 6 after a long and fulfilling life. He was born in Connellsville, PA, the son of Catherine and William Thomas Erneste. He was a brother to Mary Catherine Costello and Karen Murtha, who preceded him in death. Married to his wife Charlotte Erneste for 59 years, he spent his life caring for his three children and his six grandchildren. His pride and joy was his first born great-grandchild, who brought him happiness every day.

A hardworking and passionate man, Bill was known to everyone and was always dedicated to giving his life to his work, from the National Guard, to Continental Grain, to his service with the Knights of Columbus for 60 years. He spent many years working with the Prison Ministry and was an active member of both Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Brigid Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte, his children William Erneste II, Terri Moore (Michael), and Teddi Niedzwiedz (Frank), his grandchildren Christopher Niedzwiedz (Amy), Patrick Niedzwiedz, Elizabeth Niedzwiedz, Rachel Moore, William John Erneste, and Samantha Erneste, as well as his great grandchild Naiomi Daniels.

Family and friends will gather on Monday, May 10, from 1:30 p.m. until Mass of Christian Burial begins at 2:30 p.m. all at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 8151 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN 38138. Fr. Jolly will be the Celebrant for the Mass.

Financial offerings in Bill's honor may be sent to the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

Online condolences, floral offerings and directions may be found through www.colliervillefuneral.com

  • FAMILY

  • Catherine And William Thomas Erneste, Parents (deceased)
  • Mary Catherine Costello and Karen Murtha, Sisters (deceased)
  • Charlotte Erneste, Wife
  • William Erneste II, Terri Moore (Michael), and Teddi Niedzwiedz (Frank), Children
  • Christopher Niedzwiedz (Amy), Patrick Niedzwiedz, Elizabeth Niedzwiedz, Rachel Moore, William John Erneste, and Samantha Erneste, Grandchildren
  • Naiomi Daniels, Great Grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • the Catholic Diocese of Memphis

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, May 10, 2021

Memories

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Dale & Sarah Rast

May 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Sarah and I will always remember Bill's sweet smile and kind heart. You and your family will be in our prayers. ❤

Ann Forsyth

May 8, 2021

Dear Erneste family - It is with great sorrow that I read of your husband, Dad, Grampa/great-grampa's passing. Bill was a devoted member of several Bible studies in which he and I and others participated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. We always missed him when he was absent because of illness or perhaps some family matter, but his devotion to our Blessed Mother and his church and ministry was unsurpassed. Bill had a great sense of humor, and I know his family will miss his quick wit as well as other admirable qualities he demonstrated. Be assured, I will remember Bill in my daily prayers, and may his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Ann Forsyth, OLPH parishioner and frequent Bible study participant

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

William Henry Erneste, age 83 passed away Thursday, May 6 after a long and fulfilling life. He was born in Connellsville, PA, the son of Catherine and William Thomas Erneste. He was a brother to Mary Catherine Costello and Karen Murtha, who preceded him in death. Married to his wife Charlotte Erneste for 59 years, he spent his life caring for his three children and his six grandchildren. His pride and joy was his first born great-grandchild, who brought him happiness every day.

A hardworking and passionate man, Bill was known to everyone and was always dedicated to giving his life to his work, from the National Guard, to Continental Grain, to his service with the Knights of Columbus for 60 years. He spent many years working with the Prison Ministry and was an active member of both Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Brigid Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte, his children William Erneste II, Terri Moore (Michael), and Teddi Niedzwiedz (Frank), his grandchildren Christopher Niedzwiedz (Amy), Patrick Niedzwiedz, Elizabeth Niedzwiedz, Rachel Moore, William John Erneste, and Samantha Erneste, as well as his great grandchild Naiomi Daniels.

Family and friends will gather on Monday, May 10, from 1:30 p.m. until Mass of Christian Burial begins at 2:30 p.m. all at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 8151 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN 38138. Fr. Jolly will be the Celebrant for the Mass.

Financial offerings in Bill's honor may be sent to the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

Online condolences, floral offerings and directions may be found through www.colliervillefuneral