REEDSBURG - Ellen E. Brach, 57, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Northstar Health System in Iron River, Mich.

Ellen was born Nov. 26, 1953, in Chicago, the daughter of Donald and Virginia Stettin Brach. She grew up in Presque Isle and resided in Reedsburg.

Ellen attended Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, from which she graduated in 1971. She then earned an associate's degree in marketing from Madison Area Technical College.

Ellen married John Gibson in Presque Isle and together they enjoyed hunting, fishing and all the northwoods had to offer. She loved and appreciated her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Brach; brother, Carl; and husband, John. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder Junction.

Ellen is survived by her son, Jeffery John Brach of Madison; mother, Virginia Brach of Presque Isle; brothers, David (Julie) Brach of Walworth and Eric (Sandra) Brach of Wisconsin Rapids; and nieces and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Sky View Restaurant in Presque Isle.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Neurofibromatosis Inc., P.O. Box 66884, Chicago, IL 60666.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River, Mich.


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