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Ernestine Josephine Ashton

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM

St. Ann Catholic Church


Ernestine Josephine Ashton, 93, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Monday, September 21, 2020, at Doey's House.

Born Monday, June 23, 1927 in Geneva, NY, she was the daughter of the late John Polce and the late Josephine (Del Papa) Polce.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, the local Garden Club and the Homemaker's Club of Cavetown, MD and the Woman's Club of Virginia. Ernie was proud to have been employed with the FBI. Ernie loved life to the fullest, such as white water rafting and glacier climbing, and enjoyed making memories with her friends and family. She also traveled to 46 countries with her husband. She enjoyed oil painting and sculpting and donated a sculpture of three Christmas Carolers to the White House, where it was on display.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Held and husband Charles of Hagerstown, MD; son, Dennis Ashton and wife Maria of Herndon, VA; sister, Matilda Lazio; two granddaughters, Melissa Cole and husband Andrew, and Candice Money; two grandsons, Stephen Held and wife, Adrienne, and Justin Ashton; and five great-grandchildren, Maddie, Max, Ashton, Amelia and Evan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Lee Ashton and brothers, Tony Polce, Johnny Polce, Ponzi Polce and Rudy Polce.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 am, at the St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Avenue Hagerstown, MD, with Msgr. J. Bruce Jarboe as celebrant.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, Friday, September 25, 2020, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Interment will be held privately at the Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

My Dad often talked about Ernie. She was quite a lady,.

Olivia DeSio Lux
Warren, New Jersey

Such great photos and memories of your mom and family!! She was a very special lady and unique at that! She will be missed but thankfully she had many healthy and happy years and much mother/daughter time! And you were a wonderful and loving daughter. Know that she will be there in spirit through you, your children and grandchildren!

Janet and Mansoor Emral Shaool
Hagerstown, MD

Cindy, Charles, Dennis, I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Ernie's passing; please know that you and your families are in our prayers. I've rarely known a person so engaging and positive as Aunt Ernie. All my memories of her reflect her beaming spirit--she always asked about how we were doing and left me smiling. Her soul is blessed. Joe and Paula Manion

Joe and Paula MAnion
Springfield, VA

Dear Cindy and family, please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in all your fond memories. With love, your friend, Sara

Sara Kuykendall
Lake Frederick , VA

Always remembering her love of life, always having fun and making you feel it with a big smile!

patricia wirth
Springfield, VA

Aunt Ernie was a beautiful woman and just a joy to be around her. I have a lot of good memories of her and Uncle Arnold when all of us would get together. I loved her and how she could make anyone feel comfortable; she will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Cindy and Dennis and keep her memories going and pass them on.

Sandra Polce
Trumansburg, NY

Dear Cindy, Charlie and family, We are so saddened to hear of your dear mother's passing. She was such a charming and witty lady with so much class!! When she came to lunch with us , there was always an interesting tale. You are fortunate to have those memories. Although we are in Jackson,Wy. with the kids now and unable to attend the service, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sue and John Hoover

Sue and John Hoover

Our deepest condolences on the loss of Ernie. Wishing your family peace and comfort during these most difficult times. With sincere sympathy, David & Agnes Ritchey

David & Agnes Ritchey
Hagerstown, MD

We are so very saddened to hear about Aunt Ernie.She lived life to the fullest and always made a point to visit me and call me.I loved her dearly.My familia sends their deepest condolences,Peg ,Joe,Jessica,Melissa,Karleigh Sharp.Much love !

Peggy Polce Sharp
Geneva, New York

I will miss my monthly phone calls with Ernie. She always had a positive attitude about life and shared many fond memories of she and mom. She always mentioned how thankful she was of her family and a good life. I will miss her.

Sandra Wilcox
Des Moines, Iowa

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