Genevieve Ellingson

May 28, 1927 - March 11, 2021

Genevieve Ellingson


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Genevieve Ellingson, 93, of Poplar Grove, IL passed away March 11, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 28, 1927 in Dekalb, IL, the daughter of Hugh and Stella (Holiday) Voorhies. Genevieve was a 1946 graduate of Belvidere High School. She married the love of her life, Donald F. Ellingson, on June 22, 1946 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. She was a lifelong farmer, but more importantly, she was a mother to four wonderful children. Genevieve was a founding member of the Merry Milk Maids and a dedicated 4-H Leader. She was a member of the PTA, the Farm Bureau Women, and Homemakers. Genevieve enjoyed hosting school field trips, family celebrations, and dairy breakfasts. She coached the Dairy Bowl teams and took them all the way to State and then Nationals. She was also very active in planning for events and reunions for the class of 1946. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family, and she will be missed by all those who knew her.

Genevieve will be dearly missed by her children, Robert (Sandra Brockmann) Ellingson, Terry (Kay) Ellingson, Denny (Janet) Ellingson, and William (Wendy) Ellingson; grandchildren, John (Toni) Ellingson, Brian (Renee) Ellingson, Michael (Mary) Ellingson, Rebecca Ellingson Wydra, Ted (Lara) Ellingson, Steve (Natalie) Ellingson, and Matt Ellingson; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, James Voorhies, Mary Lou Voorhies, Donna Knox, and Joyce Queen; sister-in-law, Viola Voorhies; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; and her siblings, Hugh Voorhies, Jennetta Totz, Jack Voorhies, Shirley Rubert, Annabelle Swanson, Robert Voorhies, and Judy Fisk.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to OSF hospice, especially, Mary, Kim, and Jana, for their unending love and support during Genevieve’s final days.

The family would also like to recognize Lily, Jurga, and Laura M for their comfort and care.

The walk-through visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. 105 E. Grove St., Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Social distancing and facemasks will be required. Funeral services will be private. Rev. Dr. Tercio Junker and Rev. Darren Loeppky of OSF Hospice will be officiating. Burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery. All memorial contributions in Genevieve’s honor may be donated to OSF Rockford Hospice, 9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park, IL 61111, or to Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove St., Poplar Grove, IL 61065. To light a candle or leave a memory, please visit  

Service Schedule

Sunday, March 14, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church


The walk-through visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. 105 E. Grove St., Poplar Grove, IL 61065. Social distancing and facemasks will be required.

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Time spent with Genevieve was always enjoyable. I greatly appreciate all of the hospitality she extended to us, the many members of Don’s extended family. I also salute her for her leadership of 4-H youngsters and her work promoting dairy in Boone County. Deepest sympathy to bereaved children, grandchildren, and all family members Genevieve leaves.

Rosemary Pfalmer 2021-03-13T10:42:11

We had a fun as kids. She was a good friend we use to go skating. We also used to hang out the damn in Belvidere. I even got my picture on a postcard standing on the side of the dam. As we got older and went through High School. We even met for lunches all the way up to about 4 years ago for lunches. By then there was only about four or five of us left. And then some of us weren’t able to drive and get around. She was a very good friend. Always have a spot in my heart. Condolences to her family.

Marion Schindler Young 2021-03-13T09:58:07

Lifting your family up in our prayers today. Thinking of you all.

John Wolf 2021-03-13T06:47:31

So sorry for your loss, Jim Voorhies and your family.

Thinking of you,

Marcia Henneberry 2021-03-12T20:04:40

What a beautiful tribute to Gen. I have watched the videos multiple times and enjoyed them very much. Surrounded by the love of her family and friends while here on earth and now in heaven.

Mary Vinyard 2021-03-12T15:15:39

Bob, Terry, Bill and Dennis and your families – I am sorry for the lost of your Mom and her legacy. Prayers for all.

Dianne Loft 2021-03-12T09:14:08

Our sincere sympathy & God’s special peace & blessings to you all at this time. Your mom was a special woman.

Judy & Bob Brenner 2021-03-12T08:13:21

Our love and prayers flow out to you.

Ken & Linda Stehley 2021-03-12T06:21:56

Our sympathies to all of you.

Lars and Rita Lee 2021-03-11T20:37:23

The Ellingson family. Sending prayers of comfort and hugs. Gen was a special lady she will be missed by many.

Bob and Terri 2021-03-11T14:38:38


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