Ellen Miller, 87, of St. James died on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Reverend Ken Bowman officiating. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James.
Visitation was held on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and continued one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.
Ellen Marie Mickelson was born on August 1, 1924 to Arnold and Irene (Koegan) Mickelson on the family farm in Rosendale Township, Watonwan County, Minnesota. She grew up in the St. James area where she attended rural school through the 8th grade.
On July 19, 1941 she was united in marriage to Merle Miller. The couple made their home in St. James. She worked as a cook at Pleasant View Nursing Home from 1963 until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of First Lutheran Church where she had been involved with circle group, church bizarre, funeral lunch committee and making lefse.
Ellen enjoyed traveling later in life, especially with her daughters and sister, Ruth. She enjoyed visiting the casino and playing the penny slots. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Gary Miller of St. James, MN, Marie (Terry) Awiszus of Sauk Rapids, MN, Janice (Orville) Wojahn of Windom, MN and Phyllis (Gary) Brink of Rushmore, MN; eight grandchildren, Brad (Tana) Miller, Steve (Simona) Awiszus, Jill (Lowell) Flaten, Kevin Wojahn, Jason (Tammy) Wojahn, Darin (Sara) Brink, Sheri (Corey) VanDerBrink and Jared (Cathy) Brink; 15 great-grandchildren; and brother; Arnold “Mike” Mickelson of Cottage Grove, MN.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Ole Mickelson; and sister, Ruth Engelking.
Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at http://www.sturmfh.com.