- Born on: April 6, 1948
- Departed on: November 8, 2023
- Resided in: Toledo, IA
To Ellen’s family: I was really shocked to read of Ellen’s death. I have known Ellen since high school. We sang in church choir together, went to high school Sunday school together (or sometimes skipped out together) as well as school music activities. I would occasionally see her when I was back in Toledo visiting and would call her every few years if I needed to know something involving Toledo or weather there if I was planning a winter trip in that direction. Other than that, we mostly stayed in touch with Christmas mail. She was so proud of her family and so dedicated to her work in the school district. I know she will be missed by many people, especially the youth she impacted. My sympathy to the family.
My deepest sympathies to Ellie's family. I've known Ellie since I was 6 years old. She, along with her father, Don McKale(my very first bus driver who I'll never forget!), drove me to school and back for quite a few years. When I was working as a police officer for the Toledo Police Department, I'd always look to see who was driving the buses when I was driving around doing school patrol. When I would see Ellie, we would both exchange a big wave, and a big smile! She cared so much for everyone she knew, and South Tama was so lucky to have her for so many years. I was very fortunate to have known her nearly all my life and would keep in touch(along with Don!) far past my high school graduation. The tens of thousands of lives she has touched in such a positive way over the last several decades is absolutely amazing! I will definitely miss the text messages, the phone calls, and the hugs I received over the many many years. She will be remembered by me as one of the greatest persons of all time. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the memorial service, but I would like for Ellie's Family to know my sincere condolences and continued prayers for all of you. She was like a family member to me, and wonderful person who will be missed. Thank You, Ellie, and the McKale Family, for being a part of my life for over 40 years. You are all wonderful people! -Bob
Steve and family, Ellie was truly a force for good in the community and especially the school. But, having the opportunity to be your mom was the grandest accomplishment in her mind. We are all better for having known her.
I had the pleasure and honor of working with Ellie when I was a Special Ed teacher at South Tama. I do not have the words to express how awesome this lady was. She made my year at South Tama so special and she was the best partner any teacher could ever have. I would never call her an aide because she was so much more. At times, the classroom could be very hectic but with Ellie blessed presence, things just seem to always find a way to get calmed down. I look forward to the day when I can get caught up with her in Heaven. She was one of those angels God puts on this earth for us. Thank you Ellie for your love and support while I taught at South Tama, you were the best and much loved by me and our students.
Bev and I are saddened by the sudden loss of our cousin Ellie. She will be missed by all of her family and friends, as well as all the kids she touched as she shuttled them to and from school for so many years.
My heartfelt sympathies to you all. Ellen was a real pal of mine. I am absolutely shocked by her death. I haven't been in contact with her for many years. Yet she was one of those rare friends where time doesn't seem to pass. When we came together, we just picked up as if we had seen each other the day before. She had the very best laugh. I do believe I will see her again.
Steve and Mercy and kids I'm in shocked and saddened to see she has gone on before us. I recently had seen her at Fareway on 11/3/23 no matter where we seen one another we always had a hug for each other. We also exchanged Christmas cards each year. And seeing her at Meskwaki casino. I will truly miss her. It's not goodbye it's I will see you later. Mackenzie Wanatee, Michael and Carma Wanatee , Jr.