ERNST, Melba Louise - It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our dear wife and mother, Melba Louise Ernst at the age of 80 on February 4, 2022, at South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Bridgewater on August 10, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Marjorie and Basil Publicover.
Melba is survived by her husband of 59 years, Lloyd Ernst; daughter, Wendy (Kevin) Emino; brothers, Carroll (Kim) Publicover; Keith (Sandi) Publicover.
Besides her parents, Melba was predeceased by her daughter, Krisanne Ernst.
Melba was a young stenographer who fell in love and married the love of her life, my dad, Lloyd. She was a devoted wife and partner, running their business and home together, and eventually raising two daughters, Wendy and Krisanne, who she loved unconditionally and completely until the end of her days. We have been so blessed. She was the best wife, mother, and mother-in-law anyone could have wished for. She was kind, supportive and giving. Melba was also the most wonderful friend to her “Group of 7 girlfriends”, caring, sharing, and laughing their way through life’s joys and obstacles alike.
Melba was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, A Red Coat volunteer at South Shore Regional Hospital, and as well enjoyed the ladies bowling league in her younger years. She loved to garden, visit the beaches, read, and play a good game of cards. She also liked to travel, especially on joint vacations with cousin, Louise who she loved like a sister. Louise, Fran, Mom and Dad shared many a trip between Canadian and United Stated destinations where each family resided. Above all, Melba loved her family and home. The constant nurturer, her needs came after everyone else’s. Her faith remained strong to the end. God bless her, we will love and miss her always. The family wishes to send a special thanks to Dr. Helmut Hollandhorst (Radiation oncology at the V.G. Hospital), The palliative care team at South Shore Regional Hospital, Dr. Anne Chaisson and nurses, Claire, and Brianna on the third floor at South Shore Regional Hospital. Your compassion for mom was remarkable. We are so grateful that you made her last days and hours peaceful and gentle. A special thanks also goes to all friends and family who kindly brought food, flowers and well wishes during mom’s lengthy illness. We are so grateful to all of you.
A Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2022, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 25 Phoenix Street, Bridgewater. Rev. Paul Jensen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, S.H.A.I.D. Tree Animal Shelter, or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgewater.
Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, 35 York Street, Bridgewater, where on-line condolences and donations may be made by visiting www.sweenysfuneralhome.com.