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Ellen Kuergeleis

Ellen Kuergeleis, nee Altes, 95, of Waterloo, IL, died November 8, 2020, in Red Bud, IL. She was born October 19, 1925, in Wartburg, IL.

She is survived by her children Thomas H. (Susan) Kuergeleis and Bonnie (Steve Thom) Kuergeleis; grandchildren Amy (Joshua) Mistler, Jennifer Kuergeleis, Amanda (Matthew) Buhr, and Caleb (Amber) Thom; great grandchildren Molly Mistler, Jameson Mistler, Meredith Mistler, Margaret Buhr, Mary Buhr, and Charlotte Buhr; sister Melba Asselmeier; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Ellen is preceded in death by her husband Arnold L. Kuergeleis; parents Sylvester & Amanda (nee Nagel) Altes; and brother Vernon Altes.
She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ - Maeystown

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
St. John's UCC - Maeystown

Private family services will be held.

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Like most of us Ellen enjoyed gossip. Mostly it was holy gossip, a way to keep up with people she knew well but only saw on Sunday. But sometimes gossip turned into rumor or innuendo. When that bad stuff hit Ellens ear it went no further. Ellen was a fair-minded person who took the Golden Rule seriously.

Steve Thom Nov 12 2020 12:00 AM

You have my sympathy. My aunt, Lucille Meeks was one of Ellen's table partners for meals at Garden Place. Before COVID I would escort my Aunt to the table on my way out and would always enjoy saying hello to all the ladies at the table. I would specifically acknowledge each one and ask how they were doing. I enjoyed all the ladies. Those ladies were lots of fun. All of them are missed.

Brenda Davis Nov 11 2020 12:00 AM

Until very recently, Ellen was the unofficial Monroe County gazetteer. She, Bonnie and I went for Sunday drives. Bonnie would ask her mom, who lives there. Ellen would instantly recall not only who lived there, but who used to, who they were (or used to be!) married to and, likely as not, both their parents and their childrens names.

Steve Thom Nov 10 2020 12:00 AM

Tom and Susan, so sorry for Susan's mom passing, she was a genial soul, Will always remember her,
Tootie May

Tootie May Nov 10 2020 12:00 AM

Tom and Bonnie and families, please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathies for your mother's passing. My father, Charles and I spent so many days (and memories) as guests in your home. Life has put many years and miles between us now, but those good memories of our youth are some of the treasures of my life. Ellen and Arnold were some of the finest people ever. Period. Gene Stinchcomb

GENE STINCHCOMB Nov 10 2020 12:00 AM

Tom & Susan,

Sorry to hear of your mothers entering eternal life!

However of course that is our goal as Christians.

Viv and I will remember you and your family during this bittersweet time and as you give God thanks for her life and celebrate her life!!!

Viv and Ivan Horn

Ivan & Vivian L. Horn Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM

Tom & Susan Kuergeleis accept our condolences on the loss of Tom's mother Ellen. Arnold & Ellen were neighbors of Joan and I for 28 years when we lived on Giffhorn Street in Columbia and we hated to move out of the neighborhood and away form our good neighbors. We were fond of so many of them (including Arnold and Ellen). Tom Adams & Joan Adams

Tom D. Adams Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss
Dale Werling

Dale Werling Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM

Tom and Bonnie and families, Our condolences to you. Remembering the times we spent at your house when we visited Uncle Heine and Aunt Esther. Our prayers are with you.

Bonnie Hoffman and Ruth Wild Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM