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Ernestine Young

Ernestine Young

June 20, 1920 January 16, 2020

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Obituary for Ernestine Rebekah Young (Ildza)

Ernestine Rebekah Ildza, the first child of Andrew Robert Ildza and A. Mildred Stevenson Ildza, was born June 20, 1920 in Springfield, Missouri. She went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

She grew up in Dearborn, Michigan and graduated at age 16 from Fordson High School, and later from Wayne University (Now Wayne State University). In January of 1941 she married Earl B. Young, Jr. and in December of that same year their first child, Joanna, was born. They later welcomed two more children into the family, Mary Sue in November, 1955, and David in October, 1959. The family lived in Dearborn until 1965 when they moved to Plymouth, Michigan. In the summer of 1967 they relocated to Allison Park, Pennsylvania when Earl accepted a position at the University of Pittsburgh. (Joanna had married by this time so remained in Michigan at this point).

Ernestine’s family treasures memories of her fine intellect, her humor, her love for her church shown through her leadership and service, and her great love for each of us. (She prayed morning and evening for every one of her family members!) We also remember her as a voracious reader, an excellent cook and baker, and an expert seamstress and knitter.

As a young mother whose husband was drafted into the Navy during World War II she supported the war effort in her own way by teaching the young children of the iconic “Rosies” who worked in the Ford Willow Run bomber plant to keep our military supplied with much-needed planes. Ernestine taught at one of the two nursery schools in Norwayne, Michigan, driving each day all the way from East Dearborn to Norwayne. There was no I-94 in those days!

Ernestine was a life long learner whose love of books led her to earn her Master’s of Library Science when she was in her mid-fifties. A remarkable woman, our mother!

The last 5 1/2 years of Ernestine’s life had been spent at University Living in Ann Arbor where she received excellent and loving care. From the beginning of 2019 Elara Caring provided additional services for Ernestine as well as wonderful hospice care as Lewy Body Dementia took its toll on her.

Surviving family members include Ernestine’s children: Joanna Davis (James), Mary Sue Smith (Neil), David Young (Amy). Grandchildren are Mary Davis Olson (Kevin), Kathleen Davis Kastler (Phil), Erin Smith Stonecipher (David), Lindsay Smith Anderson (Dan), Colleen Young Honhold (Jeremy), Kenny Young (Karissa), Nathan Smith (Amy), and Daniel Young. There are nine great grandchildren, with two more on the way!

Predeceasing Ernestine were her husband Earl, her parents Andrew and Mildred, Rebekah Lively Stevenson, the grandmother who helped raise her, and her brother Clayton Clifford Ildza.

A Celebration of Life Service for Ernestine will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2020, where a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Drive, Dexter, Michigan 48130.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Ernestine with a memorial gift are asked to give to the Salvation Army, one of her favorite charities.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ernestine Rebekah Young (Ildza), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
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  • Memorial Gathering

    Monday January 27, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Dexter United Methodist Church
    7643 Huron River Drive
    Dexter, Michigan
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday January 27, 2020
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • A Celebration of Life

    Monday January 27, 2020 | 11:00am
    Dexter United Methodist Church
    7643 Huron River Drive
    Dexter, Michigan
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday January 27, 2020
    11:00am
  • Reception

    Monday January 27, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Dexter United Methodist Church
    7643 Huron River Drive
    Dexter, Michigan
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday January 27, 2020
    12:00pm

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Jean Harlow-Truesdell and Dave Truesdell; Alice & sent flowers to the family of Ernestine Rebekah Young (Ildza).
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Jean Harlow-Truesdell and Dave Truesdell; Alice & purchased flowers for the family of Ernestine Young.
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