Ernestine E. Hahn, (nee: Ash) of Edwardsville, formerly of Granite City passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, her home for 14 years.
She was born on June 28, 1926, in Granite City, living there until 2000. She was a daughter to the late James and Velma (Long) Ash.
Ernestine was a clerk typist at AFCOM until her retirement in 1973. She enjoyed sewing and was a seamstress for many years and continued sewing at the care center. She was a member of Central Christian Church in Granite City and was Granite City’s first newspaper girl in 1934. Ernestine was a 1944 graduate of Granite City High School and after her retirement she was active member of the Salvation Army Ladies League in Granite City. For many years while living in Pontoon Beach she was known as “Grandma Ernie” to several young children, entertaining them after school with bingo games. She loved her children and grandchildren, sharing many special times together.
She is survived by and will be missed by her five children, Marianne and (Steve) James of Granite City, Kate and (Charlie) Juneau of Glen Carbon, Rosie Griffith of Granite City, Jeff and (Donna) Hahn of Glen Carbon, Bill Hahn of Elkhart, Ind.; grandchildren, Rick Juneau, Laura and (Greg) Dickerman, Matt James, Nate and (Kathy) Griffith, Heather (Gary) Korte, Terry Becker; nine great-grandchildren; nephew, James Schoenhardt of the care center and her special friend, Billy Jones of the care center.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband; William Hahn, who she married on Dec. 16, 1948, and who passed away in 1961; her second husband, Robert James; her sisters, Margaret Schoenhardt and Mabel Pinney; brother, Oscar Ash; and grandson, Mark Becker.
In celebration of her life, friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, with Pastor Derrell Brame officiating at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Edwardsville Nursing and Rehab: Activity Department, 401 St. Mary Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025.