Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y., May 30, 2002 Saratoga Springs -- Victor E. Ernst, III, 66, of Washington Street, died May 28at his residence. Born Sept. 15, 1935 in Brooklyn, son of Victor E. and Florence (Merchant) Ernst, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Colleen (Oare) Ernst of Saratoga Springs; his son, Donald D. Ernst and his children, Kate and Alison of Saratoga Springs; three daughters, Helen Brust of Hadley, Nancy Ernst of Saratoga Springs, Donna Carruthers of Gansevoort; three stepdaughters, Yvonne Fortune of Schuylerville, Kathleen Doubleday of Colorado and Katherine Patterson of Saratoga Springs; a brother, Donald Ernst of Wilton; a sister, Arleen Petteys of Gansevoort; two stepbrothers, Donald Merchant of Ballston Spa and Charles Merchant of Bacon Hill; two stepsisters, Genevieve McLean of Bacon Hill and Betty Ann Bennett of Hudson Falls; a cousin Matt Ernst of Wilton; many grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes. Burial in the family plot at the Gurn Springs Cemetery in the town of Wilton.