SAVANNAH, Mo.- Ernestine Virginia Hahn Merritt, 99, Savannah, passed away Oct. 16, 2019.

She was born April 19, 1920, to Clara and Henry Hahn of Egypt Mills, near Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Ernestine married Glen Merritt, on May 20, 1944. They lived and farmed, in the Bolckow and Rosendale areas, until moving to Savannah in 1990.

They were married for 61 years.

After high school, Ernestine became a beautician and worked in that profession until the start of World War II.

During the war she lived in St. Louis, and worked on an assembly line in a small arms defense plant, making 30-caliber machine gun belts. Later, Ernestine worked as acting postmaster, in the Bolckow Post Office and then as postmaster in the Rosendale Post Office, retiring in 1981.

She was a long-time member of Rosendale Christian Church, until transferring her membership to First Christian Church, in Savannah.

She attained lifetime membership in the Rosendale Garden Club, and enjoyed bowling, quilting, traveling and volunteer work, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Ernestine was preceded in death by: her husband, in 2006; her parents; a brother, Palmer Hahn; and sisters, Hortense Harding and Lois Purdy.

She is survived by: a sister, Elaine Hahn, Cape Girardeau; son, Glen Merritt Jr. and wife, Cyndee, Savannah; daughters, Donna and husband, Jerry McDonald, Cosby, and Diane and husband, Jim Oliver, Lenexa, Kansas; grandchildren: Jeff McDonald and wife, Kelly, Erin Bouchard and husband, Will, Kimberly Holt and husband, Kyle, Shelley Merritt and Brea Merritt; stepgrandchildren: Dallas Goodman and wife, Brenda, and Heather Spicer; several great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel.

Interment: Savannah Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at beginning, at 10 a.m., at our chapel.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Rosendale Christian Church, 9976 Highway 48, Rosendale, MO 64483, or First Christian Church, 511 West Market St., Savannah, MO 64485.

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