Ernestene R. “Ernie” Swaringen
Nilwood– Ernestene “Ernie” Swaringen, 87 of Dandridge, TN formerly of Nilwood, and Auburn IL, passed away Tuesday January 8, 2019 at her sister’s residence in Dandridge, TN.
Ernie was born March 15, 1931 in Dent County, MO a daughter to Ernest and Ruby (Holland) Dawson. She married Martin Gerdanc, August 26, 1950 in Springfield, IL, Martin passed away March 14, 1977. Ernie married Elmer M. Swaringen March 4, 2005 in Eureka Springs, AR and he passed away January 1, 2010. Ernie was a member of the First Christian Church in Virden, IL. She owned and operated Gerdanc’s Junction Café in Auburn, IL for 20 years. Ernie earned an Associate’s Degree in Coal Mining Technology and was the first women coal miner at Freeman Crown II retiring in 1992.
Surviving Ernie is her 2 grandchildren, Martin A. (Sherri) Gerdanc of Girard, IL, and Sarah (Craig) Busch of Divernon, IL, 4 great grandchildren, Andrew and Evelyn Gerdanc of Girard, IL, and Elsie and Allie Busch of Divernon, IL, sisters, Judy (James) Grieme of Dandridge, TN, Carlene Medlock of Rolla, MO and Sue Dawson of AL and a brother, Ron (Sharon) Dawson of CA, a daughter-in-law Debra ). Gerdanc O. Girard, IL ,numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husbands, Martin Gerdanc and Elmer M. Swaringen, son, Martin L. Gerdanc, brother, Harold E. Dawson, sisters, Kathleen”Kitty” Dawson, Ollie Bartnick and Velma Hopper.
Graveside services will be at Noon Monday January 14, 2019 at Montauk Cemetery in Salem, MO. Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Memorials to First Christian Church Virden, IL. Please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com to leave a comment of the family.