Leroy J. Ernest, 78, retired Brookfield firefighter

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Leroy J. "Lee" Ernest, 78, of Sandwich and formerly of Brookfield, died June 22, 2014 at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

Mr. Ernest was born on May 20, 1936 in Chicago to Joseph and Frances Ernest. He married his lifelong love, Cecile Olsinski, on May 9, 1959 in Chicago and served in the Illinois Air National Guard and as a paid-on-call firefighter with the Brookfield Fire Department. He and Cecile also owned and operated Fleetwood Florists in Cicero prior to retiring.

He is survived by his wife Cecile Ernest (nee Olsinski); his sons, Michael (Donna) Ernest and Eric (Julie) Ernest; and his grandchildren, Leann, Daniel, Aaron and Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Judith.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry St. in Sandwich. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 304 W. Arnold Road in Sandwich, followed by interment at 1:30 p.m. at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

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