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Patricia Ernesti

July 29, 2018

SEWARD — Services for Patricia K. Ernesti, 68, Seward, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Seward United Methodist Church in Seward. The Rev. Robert Perry will officiate with burial in the Seward Cemetery.

Visitation will be 1-8:30 p.m. Monday with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Zabka Funeral Home in Seward.

Memorials may be directed to ASPCA for animal rescue.


Patricia K. Ernesti was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Oakland, to Donald Hazen and Vida Bertha (Erb) Newill and passed away on July 25, 2018, in Seward, at the age of 68 years, six months and 18 days.

Patricia grew up in Lyons and later in Omaha, where she graduated high school with the class of 1967.

On May 27, 1972, she was united in marriage to Glenn Charles Ernesti in Grand Island. Patricia, along with her best friend, Donna Martens, owned and operated Patti’s Pantry and later Talents Unlimited bakeries in West Point. She also worked as a dispatcher and EMT for Cumming County and West Point. She later worked as a jailer and dispatcher for Thurston and Seward counties.

Patricia was a Brownie Troop leader for several years and was also a Wilton cake decorating instructor. Besides baking, Patricia enjoyed quilting and volunteering for the Red Cross (Children’s Disaster Relief). She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roger Newell; and a sister, Donna Newell.

Patricia is survived by her children, Andrea Daly and spouse Steve of Seward, Mike Ernesti of Seward, Donna Lackas and spouse Scott of Norfolk, David Ernesti and spouse Stacey of Fremont, Stephanie Yudelson and spouse Rob of Omaha, Christine Howser and spouse Chad of Hooper and Suzanne Ernesti of North Bend; 13 grandchildren: Mitchell, Nathan, Austin, Alec, Katherine, Joseph, Isaac, Abigail, Libby, Ricky, Brisa, Anthony and Alyshia; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Judith Parker of Silver Springs, Md.; and a brother, Rodney Newill of Lyons.

To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with Patricia.