Ernest Pierzina, 96 year old resident of Little Falls died Tuesday, December 26 at St. Gabriels Hospital in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 30 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Marys Catholic Church with Father Joseph Herzing officiating. The burial will be held in the parish cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 29 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service and from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of the service on Saturday at the church. The Knights of Columbus will pray at 6:00 P.M. The military honors will be conducted by the Little Falls American Legion Post #46 and the Little Falls VFW Post #1112.
Ernest Pierzina was born May 29, 1921 in Bowlus, MN to the late Theodore and Agnes (Phillips) Pierzina. Ernie attended rural country school as a young boy and graduated from Little Falls High School in 1940. Ernie enjoyed playing baseball in the Victory League for Swan River. He served his country in the Southwest Pacific as a United States Navy Air Corps pilot from 1942 until being honorably discharged in 1945. Ernie was united in marriage to Dorothy Zilka on August 29, 1951. He worked for Northwestern Bell and US West Telephone Company for 39 years. Ernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, growing a variety of vegetables. He was a lifetime member of the Little Falls American Legion, Little Falls VFW, Knights of Columbus and St. Marys Catholic Church.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy of Little Falls; children, Brother Robin Pierzina, O.S.B. of Collegville, Timothy Pierzina of Minneapolis, Douglas Pierzina of Ortonville and Pamela Ann Pierzina (A. Timo Lipping) of Brooklyn, New York; siblings, Mary Ann Tykwinski of Cadillac, MI and Jeanette Borash of Cottage Grove.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Agnes Pierzina; siblings, Richard Pierzina, John Pierzina, Jerome Pierzina, Roselyn Pierzina, Mildred (Len) Waltman and Veronica Nixie (Clarence) Kliber.
The Ernest Pierzina family is grateful for the loving care provided by the staff of Brookdale (Sauk Rapids) and Bridgeway Estates (Little Falls).