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Lori Ernst
February 23, 1958 - April 2, 2019

Lori Lynne Ernst, 61, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday April 2, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 3-7 PM on Sunday April 7, 2019 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before services on Monday at the church. Services will begin at 10:30 AM on Monday April 8, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.

Lori L. Ernst was born on February 23, 1958 in Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of Leslie “Les” and Betty (Jensen) Ohl. Lori grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1976. On October 15, 1977 she was united in marriage with Rick Ernst at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. She was employed her entire working life in the Oelwein area as a business manager for several different business. When she wasn’t hard at work, she enjoyed her time with family, especially Rick and her two sons Alex and Chris and her dog Gracie.  She was an avid fan of Iowa State Cyclone sports; she enjoyed gardening, collecting art prints, helping others in need and just enjoying life to the fullest. Lori gave as generously in death, as she did in life by donating through the Iowa Donor Network. She was a special person and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Lori leaves behind her two sons: Alex Ernst of Ames and Chris (Aunna) Ernst of Cedar Rapids; her siblings: Brad (Cheryl) Ohl of Strawberry Point, Dana (Dave) Meyers of Oelwein and Denise (Mark) Balo of Ankeny; her parents: Les (Marge Downs) Ohl of Strawberry Point and Betty Ohl of Oelwein; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Rick (2017); her grandparents Dale and Ann Jensen; and several other loved family members.  


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Don & Carolyn Beier on April 18, 2019 at 8:19 AM said:

Our sincere sympathy to all of Lori's family.As we have been out of town just now learned this sad,sad news.Please know that we have thoroughly enjoyed our friendship with Lori over these many years.Take care. Sinserely, Don & Carolyn
Susan Eldridge on April 8, 2019 at 7:30 AM said:

We were so sad to learn of Lori's passing. And we just want to share our deepest condolences to her family. She was a hoot to work with at KOEL... and we had some good times there. And she loved her boys.. and her family so very much. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Denny & Marcia Pepin on April 8, 2019 at 7:06 AM said:

Our sincere condolences to Les & Betty, Brad, Dana, Denise and the entire Ohl family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Anonymous on April 7, 2019 at 9:39 AM said:

You will be missed.
Shannon & Debbie Hershey on April 7, 2019 at 8:38 AM said:

To Lori's entire family, we are so sorry loss. Our thought and prayers are with all of you.
The Mazziotti Famil on April 6, 2019 at 11:33 AM said:

We offer our sincere sympathies to all the Ohl family with the loss of Lori. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen all of you in the days ahead. May Lori Rest In Peace and God bless her soul .
Kathy Franklin on April 6, 2019 at 5:29 AM said:

Lori ,
We met you in the summer of ‘ 74. When a young fresh faced Iowan girl flew to the UK to spend 3 months in Yorkshire . That time was spent full of youthful exuberance , hope for the future, forging new friendships and love and a lot of laughter .
Then ... we all got on with our lives and lost contact with you .
But , 45 years later in a cruel twist of fate we found you again after Rick had passed .
We came to see you and came to stay with you that year and the few days we had with you were as if we had been friends forever , we were back being 18 again and had days full of reminiscing, laughter ... much laughter and planning the many trips we would take you [ and Dana ] on in the future ... we hope it took your mind off your grief .
Another cruel twist of fate has now taken you away from us and now we are the ones who must mourn the loss of you .
But , we now have new memories and photos to remember you by .
You will always be in our hearts , thoughts and prayers and we are so grateful to have been a part of your life , if only for a short while .
Goodnight and god bless ,
Onions , Goose and Wheelie .
Kathy , Anne and Mary x x x
Barnsley , Yorkshire , UK .
Bruce &Julie Johnson on April 5, 2019 at 3:37 PM said:

Rest in peace dear friend!
Bruce & Julie Johnson on April 5, 2019 at 3:31 PM said:

Your smile always brightened our day and your donor gift will still live on and keep brightening many lives! You have touched many lives! Rest in peace dear friend?
Scott Mckay on April 5, 2019 at 12:31 PM said:

Betty and Les: Sorry for your daughters death. May she rest in Peace!
Scott McKay
Sue Recek aka f.a. on April 5, 2019 at 9:21 AM said:

I didnt mean to put ?? It was supposed to be a sad face .
I love you Lori
Sue Recek aka F.A. on April 5, 2019 at 9:18 AM said:

I'm so sorry for your loss, I will miss her deeply. ??
Deb and Jon Batchelder on April 5, 2019 at 9:03 AM said:

Incredibly sorry to hear of Lori's passing. Prayers to you all. Take comfort in knowing that her gift of organ donation will impact the lives of many - the gift of life lives on.
Anonymous on April 4, 2019 at 6:44 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Dana & Diann Smith
Scott and Sally Ives on April 4, 2019 at 1:40 PM said:

Dear Dana, and the entire Ohl Family ~

We were shocked to learn of Lori’s passing. She will live on through those fortunate to be recipients of her selfless act of donating her organs.

It was always great to run into Lori; her humor always brightened my day, (and made my schedule to be off an half hour while we talked and laughed)!

May God Bless Lori with Eternal Peace.
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