Ellen C. Ernst Ellen C. Ernst, age 44, of Columbus, NE, died Jan. 30, 2009, at the Columbus Community Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, St. at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Vigil was held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at the McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE, and also from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at the McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Ellen C. Ernst was born Aug. 3, 1964 in Vermillion, to Howard and Sandra (Erickson) Ernst. Ellen was involved with Platte County ARC for many years and most recently was a resident of Northstar Services. She was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church and volunteered at Paws and Claws. Memorials are suggested to Platte Valley Humane Society. Ellen is survived by her parents, Howard and Sandra Ernst, Columbus, NE; three brothers, Steve Ernst Omaha, NE, Michael Ernst, Lincoln, NE and Scott (Nicole) Ernst, Lincoln, NE; a grandmother, Helen Moore,Vermillion; and six nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kenneth Erickson; and grandparents Alex and Bertha Ernst.