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Gladys Ernst

Gladys Ernst

February 20, 2018

Gladys Ernst
“Mrs. Mount Forest”, Gladys Emma Ernst (nee Yungblut) passed away in the company of loving friends at Saugeen Valley Nursing Center, Mount Forest on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 aged 105 years, 8 months, 20 days. Beloved wife of the late Leverne Ernst. Loving mother of Marilyn Dibbs and her husband David and grandmother of Jessica Dibbs all of Australia. Special aunt of Sharon Joynson of British Columbia, Paul and Leah Youngblut of Acton, and niece-in-law Margaret Youngblut of Dunnville. Gladys will be fondly remembered by her six great nieces and nephews, and eight great-great nieces.  Also feeling the loss is her family at Saugeen Valley Nursing Center and treasured friend Carol Leibold (Glenn). Predeceased by her siblings Lorne and Jean Youngblut, Gordon and Lenore Youngblut; Kathleen and Allan Crawford, nephew John (Jack) Youngblut and nephew-in-law Al Joynson.  Hundreds of children were taught in elementary schools in Minto, Arthur, Fergus, Toronto and Mount Forest by Miss Yungblut or Mrs. Ernst.  Gladys was a member of the Mount Forest United Church where she was awarded a lifetime membership from the UCW.  She was well known for her beautiful flowers and involvement in the Horticultural Society.  Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Gladys’ life will be held at the Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen Street East, Mount Forest on Saturday, March 10th at 11 a.m. with visitation prior to the service from 10-10:45 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Mount Forest United Church, Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.


It is with sadness that I learned of 'Aunt' Gladys' passing. She and my mother, Dorothy Berg (Weitzel), were cousins so I'm surmising that would make Gladys a first cousin once removed to me. I remember mom fondly relating the great times she would have with Gladys, Lorne, Gord and Kay. Even before Gladys started teaching she would lead all the cousins in whatever activity they cooked up. It all sounded like so much fun. The attributes of a good teacher showed up early on and were still with her after she retired. I distinctly remember knowing that I had to be mentally quick whenever I had an opportunity to visit with her. She had a wonderful curiosity and loved to engage with people. It was a privilege to know her and I offer my deepest condolences to the family. You are in my prayers. Margaret

— Margaret Tremblay(Berg), March 6, 2018

Oh my... Dear Mrs. Ernst....With great sadness I send this message. Some people are suppose to live forever. I was so happy that you could be with us at Homecoming last summer. It was our honour to have you there! You were truly one of the best teachers ever. Angie and I will surely miss you. Please know that your family are in my thoughts and most certainly my prayers. Rest peacefully dear friend. Debb Cameron

— Debb Cameron, February 23, 2018

The Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 31, Wellington wish to extend our sincerest sympathy to Gladys\\' family and friends. She was the oldest member of our district and we thank her for years of service as a teacher.

— Joyce Barnes, February 22, 2018

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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