Mary Ellen Ellis

LODI/DEFOREST –  Mary Ellen Ellis, “Grandma Mary”, age 72 of Lodi/DeForest died on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Lodi Good Samaritan Center, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary Ellen was born on April 6, 1939 in Newport Township, the daughter of Clyde and Myrtle (Ingrebretson) Sturdevant.  She married Rodger Ellis on October 21, 1961 at Newport Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Dells.  Mary Ellen loved taking care of her grandchildren and any other children.  She was a social butterfly and enjoyed visiting others.  Mary Ellen was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Arlington.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Rodger Ellis, Wyocena; her children, Sheila (Jeff) Anderson, Lodi, and Phil Ellis, Arlington; her grandchildren, Nicole (Matt) McKearn, and Austin(Amber) Anderson, all of Lodi; her foster-daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Smith and their children, Gabe and Rowan Smith; her brother, Leon Sturdevant, Reedsburg, other relatives and many friends.  Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Roger Sturdevant, and Harold Sturdevant           

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Arlington, with Pastor Marion Hendrickson officiating.  Burial will take place in Newport Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.  The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lodi Good Samaritan for their care of Mary Ellen, and all of the family and friends who came to visit her.



For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)