Barbara Jean (Wittner) Ellis, 62

Barbara Jean (Wittner) Ellis, age 62 passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2016 at her home in East Grand Forks, MN.

Barbara Jean Ellis was born on November 3, 1953 in Bemidji, MN the daughter Richard and Arvilla (Kolkin) Wittner.   She attended Farris School, a one room, near Cass Lake, MN.  In 1974 she moved to East Grand Forks, MN with her husband David Ellis.  She worked for American Crystal Sugar Company in East Grand Forks for 31 years and also was employed at Altru Health Systems in the dietary department.  Barb was a caring daughter, beloved sister, loving mother, proud grandma, and loyal friend.  She was selfless, always putting the needs of others before her own.  Barb loved watching her grandchildren play sports.  She enjoyed many vacations with her family and friends and always loved going to concerts, dancing, and spending time with her family.

Loving family members of Barbara include her children, Michael (Nancy) Ellis of East Grand Forks, MN, Terri Ellis of Fargo, ND and Jason (Sarah) Ellis of East Grand Forks, MN; grandchildren, Thomas and Kara Ellis, Alexis Hitchcock and Madison Ellis along with one grandchild on the way; parents, Richard and Arvilla Wittner of Cass Lake, MN; siblings, Diane Wippler of Esko, MN, Nancy (Roy) Heuss of Burnet, TX, Margie (Mark) Hanson of Cedar, MN, Connie (Gary) Smith of Duluth, MN, Rick (Sharon) Wittner of Bemidji, MN and Kenny (Renee) Wittner of Cass Lake, MN.  Barbara was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leopold and Catherine Wittner nad Albert and Marie Kolkin. 

She will be greatly missed by her extended family, numerous friends, and her dog Tucker.

Funeral Service:  11:00 AM on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN.

Visitation:  5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Interment:  Farris Cemetery, Farden Township ~ Cass Lake, MN

Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com

Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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