Elaine Louise Ernewein

May 8, 1946March 6, 2018

Elaine Louise Ernewein

May 8, 1946 to March 6, 2018

Elaine Louise Ernewein, 71, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Garden City, Michigan. Elaine was born to George and Lillian Ernewein shortly after her father returned from service in World War II as a wounded veteran. Elaine was an only child and had graduated from Frank Cody High School in 1964 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting – Data Processing from The Detroit College of Business in 1984. She enjoyed a long, 32+ year career at Ford Motor Company before comfortably retiring. Elaine was united in Holy Union with Philip Niemann in 2015 at Unity of Livonia.

Elaine was known as a kind and generous person who loved animals and cared for the disadvantaged in society. Her greatest passion in life was caring for her family, friends, and cats. She collected anything about cats and always appreciated receiving a cat related greeting card. Elaine was a voracious reader who initialed every book she read before passing along to others. As she had no children of her own, Elaine loved giving presents to her extended families children and grandchildren every Christmas and on birthdays. She was well liked by all those she encountered in her day to day routines from hairdressers to floral arrangers to car mechanics to name a few. She and her parents were active members in the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dearborn and she and Philip had most recently attended the Unity of Livonia.

As a child growing up Elaine loved her dolls and kept them her entire life. She and her family spent much time with her grandparents Fred and Rose Haskel and Uncle Bill and Aunt Rosemary Vernier with the boy cousins at Lakeville Lake. As a young adult she developed a confidence in succeeding in life, while always maintaining a priority of looking after her parents as they grew older.

Elaine and her parents, while each was alive, had two favorite Michigan destinations a year. In the summer, they would travel to Copper Harbor and enjoy all the scenery and little stops along the way that the Upper Peninsula has to offer. In the winter, they would come to Grayling and enjoy Christmas with the Haskel family. Presents and lots of cookies would always accompany the Erneweins as they played Santa Claus every year to the Haskel children, grandchildren, and eventually great grandchildren. Elaine also enjoyed a few enjoyable and relaxing vacations with friends to far away locations during her ambitious years.

In the later years of her life Elaine found much comfort in the company of the Niemann family. She enjoyed a special companionship with her dear friend Philip and his extended family. Elaine was fortunate to have a guardian angel in Dan Amstutz who helped look after the wellbeing of both her and Philip as they encountered the pitfalls of growing older. While Elaine Ernewein was an only child without children of her own, her passing is mourned by a large multitude of family and friends she gave her unconditional love and support to and who will miss her immensely.

Elaine is survived by her dear friend Philip Niemann and his daughter Ruth (Gary) Holdren; many Niemann grandchildren; cousins Andrew Haskel, Ann (Steve Ukropen) Haskel, Thomas (Tina) Haskel, Rebecca Albright, Edward Ernewein, Ann (Gerard) Hisala, Joan Vernon, Barbara Hale, and Paul (Ruth) Vernier; family friend Dan Amstutz; and many children and grandchildren of the Niemann, Haskel, Ernewein, and Vernier families. Finally, she is survived by her six cats: Bella, Patches, Daisy, Tippie, Mickey, and Ginger.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents George and Lillian Ernewein; aunts and uncles Rosemary and William Vernier, Joyce and Robert Haskel, Ruth and Roy Ernewein, Mildred and Elmer Ernewein, Bernice (Ernewein) and Herbert Tabbert, and Florence and Edward Ernewein; cousins William Vernier, John Vernier, and Ronald Ernewein; Philip Niemann’s daughter Becky Niemann, daughter Mary Beth Wells, and son David Niemann.

The funeral service for Elaine took place on March 18, 2018 at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Redford Chapel, 25450 Plymouth Road, Redford, Michigan. Elaine was buried at Woodmere Cemetery alongside her parents, and other Haskel, Vernier, and Peschke family members in Fernwood Section 42-13.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 18, 2018

Elaine Louise Ernewein

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