Tobin, Ellen 2/13/1949 - 9/23/2021 Grand Rapids Ellen Elizabeth Tobin, age 72, died peacefully on September 23, 2021. Ellen passed in the loving hands of family and with the compassionate care of oncology, palliative, and hospice staff at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Ellen was preceded in death by her sister Patty, brother Tom, and parents William and Suzanne Tobin. She is survived by siblings Sally Tobin, Bob (Colleen) Tobin, Michael Tobin, and Sue Tobin, former brother-in-law Dan Jerman, and nieces and nephews Alex Tobin, Claire Tobin, Mackenzie Padell (Eli), Michael Jerman, Paige Tobin (Tyler Jaynes), Patrick Tobin, Rosie Tobin (Ashleigh), and Ryan Jerman (Jitka Dekojava), grandnieces Imogene and Raelynn, and grandnephews Bridger, Clayton, Emmet, Llewelyn, and Torin. Ellen was also a fav of her many cousins. Ellen's sweetness was legendary. She was a gentle, generous person, always kind, who put other's interests ahead of her own. Her shy, self-deprecating nature was illuminated by a sly, at times downright irreverent, sense of humor. Ellen was born on February 13, 1949. She attended St. Alphonsus elementary school, Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids Junior College, and Ferris State University. Ellen lived with epilepsy from age 7, and in her early teens spent weeks in-patient at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She worked as a dietician at Ferguson-Droste-Ferguson Hospital, was on the patient care team at Villa Elizabeth nursing home, and concluded her career as a histology technologist at Spectrum Health-beginning on the Blodgett campus then moving to the Butterworth location downtown. Ellen loved excursions, from joyful outings centered around her nieces and nephews to evenings at touring Broadway shows and day trips with her friends at the Northview Senior Center. She travelled, often with brother Tom, to destinations including San Francisco, New Orleans, and Ireland. She appreciated the aqua-exercise and social connections she gained at the Belmont YMCA. She enjoyed supporting her community as a volunteer at Creston Neighborhood Association. She basked in the daily affection of her cats, Sweeney and Quincy. Her life was characterized by loving care for others. The oldest of seven, she looked out for and supported the needs of her siblings, as children and as adults. She lived with and cared for her mother and father as they each experienced long years of health issues. Ellen faced cancer with calm and determination, showing remarkable resiliency before her body was overwhelmed with the disease's aggressive spread in her final weeks. Per her wishes, Ellen's immediate family will gather for a celebration of her life. Contributions in her memory can be made to St. Alphonsus Food & Clothing Center (224 Carrier St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505) or CURE Epilepsy. Grand Rapids Cremation Services
Published by Grand Rapids Press from Sep. 24 to Sep. 26, 2021.