Patricia J. Ernst, 78, of Geneseo, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 16 at Vandemore Funeral Homes in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva Graham officiated. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Patricia Ernst Memorial Fund.

Patricia J. Ernst, 78, of Geneseo, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 16 at Vandemore Funeral Homes in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva Graham officiated. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Patricia Ernst Memorial Fund.

Patricia was born on March 13, 1937, in Osco, the daughter of Mahlon and Martha (Lund) Smith. She graduated from Orion High School. Patricia was united in marriage to F. Allen Ernst on June 24, 1956, in Osco. She was the bookkeeper for the family business, Napa Auto Parts Store in Geneseo, for several years and also assisted Allen on the family farm.

Patricia was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Azure Circle at the church. She was active with the Juvenile Diabetics Association. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, canning, and her card club.

She is survived by her husband, F. Allen; children, David (Betty) Ernst of Geneseo; Diana Ernst (Tom VanWinkle) of Geneseo, Debra Happel (Jeff Valley) of Postville, Iowa; and Duane Ernst of Geneseo; grandchildren, Megan Ernst, Erica (Nathan) Stralow, Shawn (Kristin) Kepner and Stacy (Travis) Campbell; great-grandchildren, Cora, Charleigh Jo and Lorenzo; and brother, James (Jeannie) Smith of East Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Seth Ernst, in 2000.