Violet (Elmer) Ernst, 97 passed way on October 31, 2013 at the Scandinavian Home in Cranston where she had lived since 2005. Vi was born in Providence on April 12, 1916 the youngest child of Elof and Nanna (Franson) Elmer. She was married to the late George E. Ernst for 60 years and a resident of Cranston for over 90 years. She was predeceased by her brother Evald Elmer and sisters Edith Elmer and Esther Inman Posey. She leaves four children, Lela D. Farrell of Swansea, MA, Edward C. Ernst of Cranston, Marjorie C. Ernst of Kensington, MD, and William D. Ernst of Lakewood, WA, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. As a homemaker, Vi studied and adhered to a healthy lifestyle. She was very active throughout her life, early on earning the nickname "Ultra Violet" by her brother Evald. A natural athlete, she loved participating in most sports from childhood to her senior years but especially enjoyed tennis, skiing, swimming and hiking, and the friendships she made along the way. She was also an avid gardener, cook and seamstress. She and her husband were lifelong members of the Appalachian Mountain Club, were active at Lifetime Learning in Providence, and spent countless hours in the Cranston YMCA pool. She was a lifelong member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Cranston and loved music, including playing the piano all of her life and singing in the German Club Lorelei Ladies Choir in her later years. Having spoken Swedish since childhood, Vi decided in her 60's to go back to school to study German by talking her way into empty seats at Cranston High School East. In doing so, she helped establish a program for other seniors to occupy open seats and diversify the classroom for all students. Her language skills were put to use during several trips to Sweden and Germany, where she and her husband visited family and the sights. Vi's life will be celebrated with a private service. The family appreciates and thanks all this who shred their time and love with her, especially all the caring people at the Scandinavian Home in Cranston. Remembrances in her name may be made to Scandinavian Home, Nursing, 1811 Broad Street Cranston, RI 02905.
Dorothy Glenn LaVoie - 11/10/2013
Lela, Eddie Marjorie and Bill,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom. I have so many fond, warm memories of our younger days when we all gathered together so often, and Auntie Vi was one of my favorites of the "elders". I hope your memories will warm you and keep her close for always.
Walter Burrows - 11/10/2013
Bill; my deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. She sounds like someone with a true knack for living life to the fullest.
Kenneth F. LaVoie III - 11/12/2013
My condolences to you all. I remember Uncle Evvy and Auntie Vi from so many gatherings at My "Gramma Edna's" house on 211 Lowell Ave. Good people. Good memories. I love the fact that one of you still bears the name, "Edward Ernst" -- be well.
Ken & Penny Hutchins - 11/21/2013
Sorry to hear of your loss. We remember all the fun times we had on AMC outings with your folks. Those were the good old days
Beth & Denis Deschamps - 12/16/2013
To my cousins, our sympathies for the loss of your mom, Aunt Vi. We will always remember her loving smile and laughter. We had fun times when we were kids, especially Margie & Bill.