To Ernestine's Family,
My name is Marisa D'Emilio Manthey, and I was Miss Toledo 1980. I am so saddened to hear the news of Ernestine's passing and extend you and your family my sincerest sympathy.
I had to contact you to share that I have kept in touch with Laura Sturniolo Johnson, Miss Toledo's Pageant Director over the years, and just last week, sent her a picture I had of the 3 Miss Toledo's from 1978, Julianna Zilba, ' 79 (Ernestine) and myself, on the left in photo, from 1980, as Ernestine was the one who crowned me. Laura and I were just thinking of her last week, and we had no idea she was ill.
She was a beautiful person, inside and out and I know, loved by many. May it comfort you to know she and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Marisa D'Emilio Manthey
Miss Toledo 1980