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 www.AndersonFCS.com.