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iconWuestenberg, Ernest 07/22/1924 ~ 05/04/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Ernie, as he was known by his many friends, died early May 4th of complications from brain cancer. He donated his body to the University of California San Diego, in hopes that a preventative cure may be found to aid others in the future. Ernie was born and raised in Clyman, Wisconsin. He was known for his great love of the outdoors in particular gardening. In his teens, his interest in trains found him after school and on weekends at the railroad depot learning all he could about trains and routing thereof. During WWII, he served his country in the U.S. Army in the European theater. Ernie was responsible for the routing of trains in occupied Germany prior to and including the Battle of the Bulge. After his discharge, he continued his education and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Later years found Ernie first in Los Angeles County and finally at home in San Diego. Ernie was active in real estate and insurance until his retirement. After retiring, Ernie had time for his favorite sport, thoroughbred racing. He also was an accomplished water color artist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Martha Schmidt Wuestenberg, two sisters, Ruth Ruwitch, and Doris Steffen, one niece, Nadia DuBois. Also preceding him in death was his dear friend and companion of more than 50 years, Eileen Niedermeier. Ernie is survived by three nieces, Carolyn Ruwitch, Linda Martinez and Sherry Jones; great- nephews, Clifford and Curt Cuffey, John Lori, Henry Martinez; great- nieces, Heather Jones, Marilyn and Molly Lori and Angela Martinez; Eileen's nephew, Dr. Bill and niece Ann of Madison, WI, and their extended families; plus a host of friends. Memorial Service, Saturday, June 8th, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral, 5th and Nutmeg in San Diego. A luncheon reception will be held at the Imperial House Restaurant, from 11:30 - 3 p.m. RSVPs only prior to June 1st - Kathryn 619.235.9465. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul's Senior Homes & Services, 328 Maple Street, SD 92103, or .

Published in U-T San Diego on May 26, 2013
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