Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Dorothy M. Ernst

March 10, 1925August 10, 2019

Dorothy M. Ernst, 94, of Peoria, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Peoria.

She was born March 10, 1925 in Burlington, IA to Paul and Lillian Marie (Hand) Siens. She married Harold Ernst who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her parents and five siblings, Robert, Charles, Paul, Ruby, Audrey and son-in-law, Floyd Snodgrass whom took care of her for many years.

Surviving are her three children, Dorothy Mae Snodgrass of Peoria, Harold (Carol) Ernst of Germantown Hills, and Edward James (Gloria) Ernst of Ocoee, FL., seven grandchildren, Christine, Steven, Eric, Laura, Angela, Edward, and David. Also surviving are many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Ruth (Fred) Lantz of Elmwood.

Dorothy worked on the bottling line at Hiram-Walker for many years before retiring. She attended church at First United Methodist Church in Peoria, was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed watching Cardinal's Baseball, crossword puzzles, Sunday dinners and fried chicken.

A funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 16, 2019 with visitation one hour prior to the service at Davison-Fulton Woolsey Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.


  • Paul Siens, Father
  • Lillian Marie Hand Siens, Mother
  • Harold Ernst, Husband
  • Ruth and Fred Lantz, Sister
  • Robert, Charles, Paul, Ruby and Audrey., Siblings
  • Dorothy Mae and Floyd Snodgrass, Daughter
  • Harold and Carol Ernst, Son
  • Edward James Ernst, Son
  • Christine, Steven, Eric, Laura, Angela, Edward and David, Grandchildren
  • Great Grandchildren, Many
  • Great Great Grandchildren, Many
  • Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Lillian; her siblings, Robert, Charles, Paul, Ruby and Audrey; and son-in-law, Floyd.

  • American Lung Association


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2019


Dorothy M. Ernst

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David Ernst

August 17, 2019

My fondest memory with you was driving straight through the night from Orlando, Fl to Peoria in 14 hours just to surprise you on New Years morning a few years ago. I never was afforded the opportunity to spend much time with you so you were a bit hesitant to open the door, but it was all worth it once your face lit up after recognising my voice! With the bounce of a 20 year old, you dashed straight to the kitchen to whip up my favourite dessert, banana cream pie! I spent that week making rubber band balls, watching the deer prance around the backyard, & unknowingly making my last memories with you. No amount of distance can deter my love for you, grandma & I will cherish our long long-distance calls forever.
With a heavy heart, I send my condolences all the way from New Zealand.


Ron Schafer Jr

August 14, 2019

My fondest memories from my youth were of spending time at my Aunt & Uncle’s house. Listening to stories about the Shriners and the clowns. Aunt Dorothy lived a full life and was deeply loved and will be well remembered. I only hope that I am blessed with the same.