ERNSTINE "TOOTY" CONDIFF
ERNSTINE "TOOTY" CONDIFF
Ernstine "Tooty" Ann Condiff, 83, of Park Rapids, formerly of Brainerd and Grand Rapids, was peace-fully called to her heavenly home Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, with her husband, Don at her side.
Tooty was born on Feb. 17, 1931 in Clear Lake, S.D. to Alvin and Emma (Wenzel) Jahn. She was born during the toughest days of the depression and times were lean so her family moved to a farm near Grand Rapids when she was just three years of age.
It was in this area that she attended public schools, graduating from the Coleraine High School and growing into womanhood. She went on to attend the Minneapolis School of Business. Upon completion of her studies, she gained employment working at the iron mines as a secretary.
While working there she met and later married Robert Peters. They were blessed with a son, Ter-rance. When her son was just ten years old Robert passed away leaving her to raise her young son on her own.
Later she met and fell in love with Donald Condiff from Brainerd. They were married on Oct. 11, 1969. Don had lost his wife a short time earlier and was left with three small chil-dren of his own - so they blended their families to-gether into one happy family. They made their home in Brainerd until Don retired from the phone company.
They then moved to a home near Park Rapids. Tooty was a strong Chris-tian woman who enjoyed being a part of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids where she was an active part of the Ladies Aid. She also loved to make beautiful quilts and tend to a garden each year. Don and Tooty especially enjoyed fishing the area lakes together and traveling though out the lower 48 states and Alaska.
In May of 2011, Tooty was diagnosed with Alz-heimer's disease and be-came a resident of Green Pine Acres Nursing Home. She possessed a wonderfully sweet spirit and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She will be lovingly re-membered by her husband for these past 45 years, Don of Park Rapids; her son, Terrance (Christy) Peters of Wheaton; two step-daughters, Cheryl (Dale) Anderson of Ely and Patti (Neal) Nelson of Mesa, Ariz.; and stepdaughter-in-law, Debbie Condiff of Brainerd; 10 dearly loved grandchildren, Bradley, Keith, Steven, Justin, Jenna, Megan, Nicholas, Krista, Shawn, and Andrew; seven precious great-grandchildren; Tessa, Callie, Bella, Ryker, Nolan, Emmitt and Autumn; sister, Urbelle (David) Peters; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Tooty was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Peters; her parents; stepson, Timothy who died in 2011; and brother, Alan.
Service: 11 a.m. Satur-day, Aug. 23 at St Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids with the Rev. James Neubauer officiating. The soloist will be Anita Hanneman.
Urnbearers: Tooty's grandchildren.
Interment: Itasca Cemetery in Grand Rapids.
To leave online condo-lences or to view the video tribute visit www.jonespearson.com.