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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
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Rhonda Ernster

Rhonda Jane Ernster (Nielson)

Thursday, November 17th, 1955 - Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Rhonda J. (Nielson) Ernster, 65, passed away of a sudden heart attack, Monday, March 29, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Rhonda was born November 17, 1955 along with her twin brother Roger Jr. at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital to Roger and Phyllis Nielson of Midway. She attended school in rural Irene, Peterson Country School #66 thru 7th grade, then went to Irene Public School thru 12th grade graduating in 1974.
She married Don Anderson. To this union 2 children were born, daughter Stacie Marie and son Timothy Todd. They lived in the Irene area. On May 26, 2012 she married Gene Ernster. They resided in Yankton, SD.
Since the age of 17, Rhonda had worked at several nursing homes and loved taking care of the elderly and sick. After her retirement, she enjoyed sewing quilts and table runners and other items for her loved ones and friends.
In addition to her husband Gene, survivors include daughter Stacie Marie (Jim) Kusel and Son John, a son Timothy Todd (Jessica) Anderson, their daughter Makayla and sons Logan & Oliver, and great-grand-daughter, Oaklynn, twin brother Roger (Kay) Nielson, sisters Belva (Kenneth) Jorgensen, LeAnna (Dick) Sherman, Delores (Hugh) Healy, 2 aunts, nieces & nephews, and a host of relatives &friends. Also, stepchildren, Pat (Tammy) Ernster, daughter Angelina and her son Owen, three stepdaughters; Nikki, Heather & Heidi, 5 step-grandchildren & 2 step-great-grandchildren.
Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents, Roger & Phyllis Nielson.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    A prayer service will begin at 7:00PM.
  • Service

    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | 10:30am
    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 10:30am
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
    Hwy 81
    Rural Irene, SD
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    Pastor Mark Ostrem
  • Interment

    Bethlehem Cemetery (South)
    438th Ave & 294th Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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Lyle & Jean Hauger

Posted at 10:02pm
We are remembering you, and your sister in our Prayers. Rhonda is now with your parents-watching and guiding each of you through your daily lives.

LaVon (Rempfer Herrboldt

Posted at 12:55pm
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Rhonda. I haven't seen her since grade school at Peterson #66 where we were classmates from Kindergarten to 7th grade along with Roger, Randy, Cindy, Debby and myself. I have good memories of playing baseball at recess and playing cards at recess in the winter time. On those really cold winter days, we would put our desks around the stove to help keep warm :-) Also, I remember the 'Nielsons' putting their lunches (such as baked potato or hotdogs) in foil and putting them on the oil burner? stove to cook and be ready by lunch time. My memories of Rhonda are that she was a happy person and a friend. May your memories of Rhonda carry you all through this difficult time. LaVon (Rempfer) Herrboldt

Leon Steffen

Posted at 09:22pm
LeAnn, and all of Rhonda's family and friends you have my sincere sympathy . from Leon Steffen

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