Geneva A. (Schimmer) Ernat


PERU - Geneva Ann (Schimmer) Ernat, 93, of rural Peru, passed away Oct. 7, 2020 at the Ottawa Pavilion.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru with Monsignor Richard Soseman, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Peru officiating. Private burial will be at the Peru City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services Oct. 14 at the funeral home.

Geneva was born July 21, 1927 in West Brooklyn to Arthur and Elizabeth (Longbein) Schimmer. 

She was a graduate of Amboy High School. She married Robert Ernat on Aug. 21, 1961 at St. Mary’s Church, Peru. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2011.

Survivors include three children, Cynthia Ernat, Don (Stacey) Ernat and Phil Ernat, all of Peru and four grandchildren, Brantley, Amethyst, Addison and Bentlea.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and one sister, Lois Schimmer.

Geneva was a homemaker and farm wife, assisting her husband with the farm. She also worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Peru. She loved her dogs.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue.

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