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Marion H. Ellis

Marion Haugen Ellis, age 89, of Shawano, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Born May 1, 1924 in Fillmore County, MN, she was the daughter of the late Ole and Susie (Hillestad) Haugen. On August 19, 1949 in North Prairie, MN Marion was united in marriage to Rudy Ellis who preceded her in death on May 4, 2011. In 1943, after acing her mechanical aptitude test, she hitch-hiked from Minnesota to California and worked as a welder in the Kaiser Shipyards. She went on to enlist in the US Army to serve her country during WWII. Marion was a graduate of the Winona State Teacher's College and moved to Shawano with her husband and children in 1957. She shared the love of sports with her husband, and was an avid supporter of high school athletics. She judged gymnastics and enjoyed bowling. Marion was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, as well as a member of the Fillmore Historic Center and an associate member of SCAREA (Shawano County Area Retired Educators Association).

Marion is survived by: her children, Mark (Monica) Ellis of Rochester Hills, MI, Dr. Shari (Dr. Alan Kroll) Ellis of Gainesville, FL, and Krista (Jim) Clumpner of ¬¬¬¬Marquette, MI; 7 grandchildren, Anna (Jason Allen) Ellis of Pleasant Ridge, MI, Andrew Ellis of Pittsburgh, PA, Aaron Ellis of Denver, CO, Dr. Jessica Kroll of Tampa, FL, Rebecca Kroll of Brooklyn, NY, Ellisa and Joseph Clumpner of Marquette, MI. She is further survived by 2 sisters-in-law, Olive Haugen and Ruth Knutson both of MN, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; and 2 brothers, Arthur and her twin brother, Milo; a half-brother, Emer and a half-sister, Gladys Moger.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Gisele Berninghaus officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony, MN at a later date. Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano and the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Dec. 1, 2013
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