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Obituaries: Ernest Henninger

Ernest Henninger, 89, lifelong resident of Barnum Township, died peacefully Oct. 29, 2021 in Sandstone Health Care Center. He was born April 29, 1932 in Barnum to Ralph and Nora Henninger. Ernie attended Central School and later began a 44-year career at Diamond Match in Cloquet. He met Marilyn Pfisthner at the Carlton County fair, and they later married on July 26, 1952. Ernie loved to work on cars and tractors through the years and was well-known for his ability to fix anything. He worked hard through the years and was known to his family for having used up his nine lives while "trying to get something accomplished for the day." Ernie also liked to deer hunt. His biggest joy was sharing his fixing and hunting skills with his grandkids through the years. Ernie will be remembered as a good man with a strong-willed personality complemented by a fun, joking sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Nora Henninger, and two brothers, James Henninger and Vernon Henninger.

Ernie will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years, Marilyn; two daughters, Glenda (Mike) Svacina and Janice (John) Gitzen; three grandchildren, Michael (Jackie) Svacina Jr., Shawna (Dale) Olbekson and Lindsay (Jake) Calliguri; four great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Maverick, Monico and Ashley; six great-great-grandchildren, Justin, Lane, Lacey, Ellianna, Harper and Barrett; sister, Eleanor (Marvin) Rilea; three brothers, Ed (Alyce) Henninger, Don (Carol) Henninger and Gordy (Rosie) Henninger; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 in Barnum Community United Methodist Church. Pastor Kendall Carlson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Barnum, followed by a luncheon and fellowship in the church social hall.

Arrangements by locally owned and operated Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.

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