Ellis Reese, 87, Ellendale

Published 12:00 pm Monday, February 27, 2012

Funeral services for Ellis N. (Ollie) Reese of Ellendale will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. The Rev. Richard L. Sliper will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Ellendale.


Ollie died on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center. She was 87 years of age.

Ellis was born June 13, 1924, in Waseca the daughter of Erick and Clara Wobschall. She attended public school in Waseca County. On July 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Harold G. Reese at the LeSeuer River Lutheran Church.

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Ollie was a resident of the Ellendale area all of her married life. She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church participating in the Altar Guild and Church Circle. Ollie worked for Red Snapper Co., Ollie Cole Dress Shop, Pete and Rub’s & Lerbergs. For over 25 years, she worked as a sales clerk for the J.C. Penny in Owatonna. She was also a member of the Eagles Club.

Ollie enjoyed gardening, camping and would do sewing and alterations for others out of her home.

Ollie is survived by her daughters: Helen Schmidt of Ellendale and Darlene (Ronald) Christensen of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren: Julie (DeWayne) Roberts, Jim (Mary) Brocker, Jane (Alan) Melander and Mike (Peggy) Christensen; great-grandchildren: Cassandra, Nicolas, Jake, Jessica, Mercedes, Corbin, Caleb, Tyler and Brianna. Also surviving is one brother, Wallace (Marge) Wobschall of Austin and one sister, Mae Hightshoe of Cannon Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; son-in-law, Chuck Schmidt; three sisters; five brothers; one brother in infancy; and three grandchildren in infancy.