Jean Ann Ellertson, 81, of Charles City, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home surrounded by her loving family.
A memorial service for Jean will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Russ Leeper officiating. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City. Reception will follow at the Charles City Elks Club.
Jean was born on August 25, 1936 to Chester and Alpha (Thorson) Braund on the family farm outside of Kiester, Minnesota.
Jean was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kiester in June, 1951 and graduated from Kiester High School in June, 1954. Jean married Wayne Ellertson on July 10, 1954 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kiester. One of her fondest memories was riding the El Capitan train from Minnesota to Long Beach, California where Wayne was stationed in the Navy.
Jean was an avid golfer, winning several Charles City Club women’s championships and achieving the elusive hole in one on two occasions. Wayne and Jean could often be found dancing the night away at the Charles City Elks and enjoyed spending the past 25 winters in Sarasota, Florida.
She will be remembered for her laugh, her ability to find the positive in every situation, and her fierce love and pride in her family. Everyone who knew Jean knows how much she adored all of her family members. Jean helped raise her daughters into strong women who in turn raised strong grandchildren who will follow in her footsteps.
She was small but MIGHTY.
Jean embraced a complete faith in God and her Lutheran upbringing. She did not take for granted the preciousness of her life and she abundantly lived it.
Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years Wayne; daughters Julie (Mark) Morris of Fort Collins, Colorado, Lori (Steve) Kreinbring of Omaha, Nebraska and Kathy (Bob) Whiteside of West Branch, Iowa; grandchildren; Emily (Robert) Coppola, Kevin (Jax) Amos, Kyle Kreinbring, Molly (Shawn) Ostendorf, and Annie Whiteside; brother Keith, (Alice) Braund; sister, Lynn (John) Wirkkala; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many loving and caring friends in Charles City and Windward Isles, Sarasota, Florida.
Jean was met at the gates of heaven by her parents; brother, Vernon Braund; and two sisters; Marlys Harig and LaVonne Oldfather.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Royer, the 11th Street Chautauqua staff, and Hospice of North Iowa.
The family requests memorials to Hospice of North Iowa or St. John Lutheran Church.
Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family atwww.hauserfh.com.