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Ernestine Charles Quasebarth

Ernestine Charles Quasebarth, 86, passed away in Vancouver, Wash., surrounded by members of her family, after complications from a stroke. She was born in Hancock. Minn, on April 15, 1924, to Frances (Erlandson) and Ernest H. Charles. She was the oldest of three siblings. Ernestine lost her mother at the age of 14 and proceeded to take a large part in the raising of her two younger brothers, Erland and Harold. After high school she was accepted to Abbott Hospital's Nursing Program in Minneapolis. When WWII broke out she moved to the Portland area to work in the shipyards as a welder. It was there that she met Lowell Hill during a USO dance while he was enlisted in the Navy. A year later they married in Minneapolis but made their home in Portland, Ore.

Ernestine and Lowell started their family in 1947 with the birth of their first child David, followed by Charlene and Denise. They later divorced but both continued to live in the Portland area.

Ernestine then married a childhood friend Henry Quasebarth and they made their home in Vancouver, Wash. She was an avid gardener, seamstress, loved to travel and was a member of Daughters of the British Empire.

At age 41 Ernestine enrolled in college and completed her degree in Home Economics through Marylhurst College after five years. She then obtained a teaching position at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore. During her tenure at Roosevelt she developed a Commercial Food Service Program to enable students to pursue a potential career in the Food Service Industry after their graduation. This program received recognition from "Schools for the City" in May of 1982 after being nominated by her school principal. After 15 years of active teaching Ernestine retired.

She is survived by her husband Henry; brother Harold Charles of Hancock, Minn.; son David Hill, daughters Charlene Chadband, Birmingham, Ala., Denise Hill and grandchildren: Cheryl, Deborah, Stephanie, Aaron, Simon, Kellen and Kaitlin.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at The Quarry Senior Living Center, Vancouver, Wash.