Our beloved Mother, Ellen M. (Elsner Brogle) Green joined her family in Heaven May 9, 2008.
Born Feb. 14, 1917, our Valentine, she will always be remembered as a sweet woman with a wonderful smile. She was soft spoken and full of love, and always our model of courage, determination, kind spirit and a sharp mind. She enjoyed humor and her independence. She took great delight in visits with family and travel adventures.
Ellen was the youngest of four children of Joseph and Nellie (Will) Elsner, both deceased, of Sandusky.
A lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sandusky, her grandfather, known as "Holy Joe", sold candles and framed pictures and donated the St. Joseph stained glass window in St. Mary's Church and his name is imprinted on it. Her aunt, Mayme Elsner, sold candy from her store where St. Mary Central Catholic High School now stands. Ellen was strong in her Catholic faith; being baptized, confirmed, educated and married at St. Mary's. She graduated in 1935 as treasurer of her class and starred in her Senior class play as the lead of "Annabelle".
Ellen graduated from Sandusky Business College and worked at Trojan Powder Company during World War II, at Montgomery Ward, Diamond S Electric, Fletcher Freight Lines, Commercial Motor Freight and retired in 1981 from the Erie County Engineer's Office.
She married Alfred Brogle Jr. in 1938 and Alfred died in 1943.
Ellen was a devoted Mother to Mary Ellen (Donald) Yontz, Milan and Betty A. Brogle, Ottawa Lake, Mich. She taught them her sewing and cooking skills, nurtured their musical talents and encouraged their education and Catholic faith. She is Grandmother to David A. (NiCole) Yontz and their children, Ashley, Julia and Nolan; and Grandmother to John A. (Christine) Yontz.
In 1966, Ellen married Donald J. Green Sr. (died 1985) and was welcomed by his children, Mary Ann (Ralph) Sloan, D. James (Marge) Green Jr., Patricia (Earl) Reed, Margaret (Arthur) Kuns and Catherine (deceased) (Douglas) Lamb and their families. She is step-grandmother to Ralph Jr. and Joseph (Sloan), Kelly, Jim, Jon (Green), Michael, Libbey and Chad (Reed) David, Scott, Kara (Kuns) and Dawn, Nicole and Douglas (Lamb) and great-stepgrandmother to Donald's 26 great-grandchildren. She is also Aunt and Great-Aunt to many loving family members.
Ellen was a member of St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella, PERS, and participated in perpetual adoration at Providence Hospital Chapel. A determined woman, she learned to drive when she was 37 and bought a car. She was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians and enjoyed playing cards and dancing. She remembered all her friends and family with cards on their birthdays and received greeting cards from the Pope and U.S. Presidents.
Ellen and Don traveled all over the USA and visited Hawaii, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Italy. At age 84, she traveled to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Ariz. and Las Vegas as a gift from grandson, David Yontz.
She also has a star named for her, "Gram-Green", in the Northern skies. Ellen chose to live independently in her home to her 91st year.
Ellen is survived by a brother, Charles (Dorothy) Elsner, Canton, Ohio, and was pre-deceased by her sisters, Marian K. Schoenegge (1995) and Ruth E. (Ray) Steele (1987).
We know Ellen will be watching over us from Heaven. Her family is ever grateful to the priests of St. Mary's Parish and the Eucharistic Ministers, Meals on Wheels drivers, kind neighbors who watched over her, Sandusky Fire Department Rescue Squad, physicians and kind nurses of Firelands Regional Medical Center and Sisters of St. Francis and caregivers and therapists of Providence Care Center, who by their skills, extended our valuable time with our Mother. And now she enjoys her greatest rewards; being with God and still with us in Spirit.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be at your back
May the sun fall soft upon your face
and the rain upon your fields.
An until we meet again my love
in this or another land,
May God hold you in the
palm of His hand.
May God hold you in the palm
of His hand.
We know that those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Monday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky; the Rev. David Nuss will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870, Sandusky Central Catholic Schools, 510 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky, OH 44870, or to one's favorite charity.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.