Ernest Zarlingo

Ernest Zarlingo
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Ernest P. “Ernie” Zarlingo, 93, of Smithton, IL, born February 5, 1924, in Center Ridge, AR, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Zarlingo was a supervisor at Continental Can Company. He loved to garden, travel, and visit the casinos.  He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4596, and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pasco and Lucy, nee Martinelli, Zarlingo; numerous brothers and sisters; a grandson, Phillip Williams; his son-in-law, Gary Dunn; and nieces and nephews.

Surviving are his loving wife of 71 years, Marie, nee Burgner, Zarlingo;
a son, Phillip (Joanna) Zarlingo of Columbia, IL;
a daughter, Marilyn Dunn of Ballwin, MO;
two grandchildren, James (Melissa) Zarlingo of Columbia, IL,
Angela (Keith) Ingenthron of Ellisville, MO;
five great-grandchildren, Jessica Zarlingo (Josh Shaffer) of Waterloo, IL,
Cooper Williams of St. Louis, MO,
Seamus Zarlingo and Delaney Zarlingo of Columbia, IL,
and Carson Ingenthron of Ellisville, MO;
one great-great-grandson, Alex Shaffer of Waterloo, IL;
and a brother, Pasco Zarlingo of West Memphis, AR.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church or in the form of Memorial Masses.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Father Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.

Condolences Left For Ernest Zarlingo

Our thoughts and prayers for the Zarlingo family for the loss of Ernie. We all have many pleasant memories of him. He was a good man and had a good love filled life.

Jim & Becky Evans, New Bern, North Carolina, 28562

Uncle Ernie – You touched quite a few of our lives over the years the Nieces the Nephews and Cousins but know it is not Goodbye – It is “Until We Meet Again” RIP Uncle Ernie.
Prayers to the Entire Zarlingo Family.

Rich Rozycki, O’Fallon, MO, 63366

My uncle Ernie. So happy to have been able to meet you and your lovely wife a few times at the reunions in Ceter Ridge. My mother Mary Lee Zarlingo was your sister. I loved your stories of you helping her in the fields as children. I will make a donation to the church at Catholic Point in your name and in your honor. RIP

Robert Cameron, Montague, CA, 96064

So sorry for your loss. Mr. and Mrs. Zarlingo were always such a friendly and caring couple. You have a wonderful family and I’m sure he will be greatly missed. You family is in our prayers.

Dave and Dot Touchette, Columbia, IL, 62236

My uncle was a special man.
He radiated joy & love to all that knew him.

He was a role model for many. I am a better person for being in his company all these years.

Always in my heart, your loving niece.

Annie Barton, Kirkland, WA, 98033

My Daddy was just a wonderful guy and I miss him

Marilyn Dunn, Ballwin, Mo, 63021


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