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In Memoriam ~ Kathleen E. Ellenbecker, Mother of SJP Faculty Mary Johnson and Bob Ellenbecker

November 6, 1923 – October 21, 2015Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Church of St. Paul in St. Cloud for Kathleen Ellenbecker who died Wednesday at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. LeRoy Scheierl will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Kathleen was born in St. Cloud to William & Rose (Kaufman) Hollern. She graduated from Tech High School and attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. She married John N. Ellenbecker on October 18, 1944 in Tonopah, NV. The couple lived in Duluth until returning to St. Cloud in 1961. She was a member of The Church of St. Paul in St. Cloud for many years and was active in the St. Stephen Mission Group. She was an avid golfer and long time member of the St. Cloud Country Club.Survivors include her children, Michael (Marlene) of Concord, NH; William (Helen) of Rice; Stephen (Jolene) of Sauk Rapids; Mary (Charles) Johnson of Kimball; John (Kathryn) of St. Cloud; Thomas (Rhonda) of St. Joseph; Robert (Colette) of Collegeville; 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, brother, Harold Hollern and sister, Sybil Hollern.

The Saint John’s Prep community remembers Kathleen’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

– Matthew 5:3-9