Ella Matilda Melinsky, age 85, of Buffalo, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia.
She was born May 12, 1922 in Albion Township, Wright County, to Reinhold and Alvina (nee Sandman) Koepke.
Ella was baptized June 11, 1922 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township. She was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith April 26, 1936 by Pastor W.D. Kanning. Her confirmation memory verse was Revelation 3:20.
Ella and Everett Melinsky were joined in holy marriage May 12, 1946 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township with Pastor J. Klausmeier officiating. Their marriage was blessed with two children.
A lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ella taught Sunday school and served the church in many ways.
Ella was a homemaker, who also worked side-by-side with husband Everett on the family farm. She dearly loved her family, and enjoyed gardening and her beautiful flowers.
She will be greatly missed by her children: daughter, Audrey (Dennis) Bowles of Duluth; and son, Rod (LoAnn) Melinsky of Aberdeen, S.D.; grandchildren Greg (Carey) Bowles of Becker, Jennifer (Mike) McPherson of Duluth, Denise (Paul) Eisenmenger and Nick Melinsky, all of Winnebago, Heather (Ben) Madsen of Fairmont, Lindsey (Tyson) DeHoet of Aberdeen, S.D., and Whitney Rea of Berkeley, Calif.; and great-grandchildren Frances Anne Bowles, Scott Everett Bowles, Noah William McPherson, Jacob Daniel McPherson, Alandra Lea Eisenmenger, Addisen Mae Eisenmenger, Ethan Benjamin Madsen, Dacotah Marie DeHoet, and Brodyn Ty Dehoet.
Ella is further survived by a sister, Erna Steenerson of Buffalo; sister-in-law Frances Rowe of Grand Rapids; brother-in-law Lester Uecker of Maple Lake; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Leona; and brother, Arnold.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township with Pastor Lynn Machula officiating. Music was provided by organist Ruth Goerke, and soloist Alex Smoot, who sang, “Nearer My God To Thee.” Congregational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment followed at Howard Lake Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Ella’s grandsons Greg Bowles, Nick Melinsky, Paul Eisenmenger, and Ben Madsen; and nephews Al Woyke and Darrell Uecker.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel-Buffalo with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Wednesday, Oct. 17, one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Peterson Chapel-Buffalo served the family.