Marion Haugen Ellis, 89, of Shawano, Wis., died peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.

Born in Fillmore County May 1, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Ole and Susie (Hillestad) Haugen.

On Aug. 19, 1949, she was united in marriage to Rudy Ellis in North Prairie, Minn. He died May 4, 2011.

In 1943, after acing her mechanical aptitude test, she hitch-hiked from Minnesota to California and worked as a welder in the Kaiser Shipyards. She went on to enlist in the US Army to serve her country during WWII.

She was a graduate of the Winona State Teacher's College and moved to Shawano with her husband and children in 1957. She shared the love of sports with her husband, and was an avid supporter of high school athletics. She judged gymnastics and enjoyed bowling. She was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, as well as a member of the Fillmore Historic Center and an associate member of SCAREA (Shawano County Area Retired Educators Association).

She is survived by her children, Mark (Monica) Ellis of Rochester Hills, Mich., Dr. Shari (Dr. Alan Kroll) Ellis of Gainesville, Fla., and Krista (Jim) Clumpner of ¬¬¬¬Marquette, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Anna (Jason Allen) Ellis of Pleasant Ridge, Mich., Andrew Ellis of Pittsburgh, Penn., Aaron Ellis of Denver, Colo., Dr. Jessica Kroll of Tampa, Fla., Rebecca Kroll of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ellisa and Joseph Clumpner of Marquette, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Olive Haugen and Ruth Knutson, both of Minnesota; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Arthur and her twin brother, Milo; a half-brother, Emer and a half-sister, Gladys Moger.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Gisele Berninghaus officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony at a later date.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano and the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.