Ellen M. Chalmers

Nov. 19, 1928 - Nov. 27, 2007

Ellen M. (nee Nelson) (formerly Lindner) Chalmers passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at age 79. She was born Nov. 19, 1928.

Ellen was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Lindner, and her second husband, Gordon Chalmers.

She was the loving mother of Beatrice (Mike) Chilson, Sandy (Michael) LaPorte, Sam (Anita) Lindner, Colette (Jim Trautschold) Lindner, Chris (Dennis) Cavalier, JoEllen (Jeff) Rafenstein, Ruth (Joe) Katula, Peter Lindner and Patrice (Thomas) Piette; dear grandma of Nathan and Trevor Chilson, Andy LaPorte, Jonathan, Amy, Michael and Karl Lindner, Brian Trautschold, Evan Cavalier, Truman, Savannah, Pierson, Weston and Vaughn Katula, Michael and Amanda Lindner and Jacob, Nicole and Abby Piette; and fond sister of Corrine "Pinky" Richmond, Dr. Ken (Sandy) and Dennis (Carol) Nelson. Dennis died suddenly the same day. She was the sister-in-law of Bobbi, Mary Ann and Sharon Nelson, Tessie (Bob) Michalski, Joan (Mike) Hughes, Carmen Neste, Pete, Andy (Dolores), Tom (Lorraine) Lindner and Tom Seubert. Also surviving her are other relatives and friends.

Along with her first and second husbands, she is preceded in death by her grandson, Wyatt Katula; sisters, Jeanne Reamy, Patricia Phillips and Nancy Seubert; brothers, Russ, Tom and Norm Nelson; brothers-in-law, Clyde Reamy, Harry Phillips, Eugene Merkel and Morris Neste; and sisters-in-law, Rita Stewart and Nina and Lois Lindner.

Ellen and her husband, Bob, loved dancing and traveling together. Ellen and her second husband, Gordon, enjoyed time with family and friends in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas. Ellen taught all of her children the joys of gardening, canning, baking, camping, sewing and reading. She brought love and comfort to those she met and was quick to help anyone in need.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin, with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, where her nephew, the Rev. Tom Lindner, will officiate. Friends may call the church from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial is at St. Anthony Church Cemetery.

Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8009 or visit online at