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Ernestine Arndt

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Ernestine Arndt Obituary
Arndt, Ernestine Garcia

Ernestine Garcia Arndt passed with peace and grace in her home on June 11, 2017.

She was born in Holman, NM in 1928 and spent the early part of her life in Chacon, NM. She attended Allison James in Santa Fe, Menaul School in Albuquerque, received a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University and a Master's Degree from the University of New Mexico.

Ernestine taught Spanish at Hoover Middle also Manzano and Eldorado High, retiring in 1988. She co-founded Menaul School Veterans fund to honor Menaul's military veterans of WWII and Korea. She took pride in efforts to raise money to replace the auditorium seats and carpet at Menaul School. She was recognized and received the Harper C. Donaldson Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003.

She always said the Great Depression had no effect on her and her family because of their life in the beautiful Chacon valley. This rural and church community stayed with Ernestine throughout her life. It was a constant reminder of wonderful times.

Ernestine loved her Presbyterian family at both El Rito Presbyterian of Chacon and Second Presbyterian of Albuquerque. Her favorite pastimes were dancing, singing and sweet desserts.

She married, traveled to Europe twice, once on the ship USS Buckner and lived in Germany, both Tegernsee and Mannheim. She had the great experience of vacationing in Spain, Italy and Greece.

Ernestine was preceded in death by two brothers, Celestino Garcia and Ulysses Garcia. She is survived by four sisters, Lydia Garcia Ras-Allard, Naomi Miller, Hope Mares, Pauline Cummings; two brothers, Albert Garcia and Benjamin Garcia; three sons, Arthur Paul Arndt, Michael Charles Arndt and Steven Larry Arndt; five grandchildren, Miles Kendrick Arndt, Lucas Bartell Arndt, Heather Marie Bartel, David Christopher Arndt, and Shelby Christine Arndt; and five great-grandchildren, Aiden Russell Arndt, Kenley Nicole Arndt, Cadance Samantha Bartel, Nathaniel Albert Bartel and Olivia Eric Bartel.

Services will be held Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at Second Presbyterian Church, 812 Edith Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Arthur Arndt, Michael Arndt, Steven Arndt, Miles Arndt, Jeff Miller and Albert Garcia. Please visit our online guestbook for Ernestine at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 18, 2017
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