Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Laurentine Leonide Ernst, longtime Holy Cross Neighborhood Association member, funeral services Thursday

Laurentine Leonide Ernst passed into heaven's gates on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at East Jefferson General Hospital at the age of 91 due to heart failure.

She was the beloved wife of the late Chester Peter Ernst. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Edward Jacob and mother Lillian Emelda Jacob; brother Irwin H. Jacob and sisters Lillian Juliet Hale, Ethel Beatrice Bonck and half sister of Edward Jacob and Leo Jacob.

She is survived by sisters Lorraine Florence Young and Gloria June Davis and numerous nieces and nephews. Laurentine was a life long resident of the Lower Ninth Ward and Holy Cross District until Hurricane Katrina displaced her to Kenner. She was honored for her work in beautification of St. Claude Avenue neutral ground and the preservation of architectural integrity of historic neighborhoods.

A piano teacher and family genealogist who wrote and published "Ma Famille Les Jacob," Ernst's copyright resides in the Library of Congress. She was also named Humane Ambassador 1999 for her work with neglected animals.

She will be sorely missed by family and friends. Friends of Holy Cross Neighborhood, Atrium and Westminister Towers are invited to visitation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday January 27, 2011 at Jacob Schoen Funeral Home on Canal Street.

A service will be held at noon in the chapel. The interment will be held at St. Vincent de Paul, No.2 cemetery on Louisa Street. Condolences may be expressed online at

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