Sunday, January 29, 2017

Former Dorchester Resident, School Cook Ellen Vossler Passes At 102

Longtime Dorchester resident Ellen (Simons) Vossler passed away at the age of 102 in Grand Island last week, on Sunday, Jan. 22.  Services were held Thursday.  Many Dorchester residents and former DPS students will recall Ellen worked as a school cook for decades.

Ellen was born August 4, 1914 in Walthill, NE to Rudolf and Lizzie (Burger) Wenger. She attended rural school in Thurston County, Neb., attending high school in Walthill, graduating in 1933. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church in 1934. She helped her parents on the farm until she started working out cleaning/cooking in Jefferson, South Dakota, where she met Albert Simons. They were married in December 1938. They had 2 children. They made their home on a farm near Jefferson, SD and later in the Sioux City, Iowa area. Ellen also worked as a Nurse’s Aide for several years at the Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City. Albert passed away December 1970.

Ellen met Fred Vossler, Sr. and they were married June 1979 and made their home in Dorchester, until Fred’s death December 2009. Ellen remained in her home until 2010 when she moved in with her daughter in Cairo, Neb. and most recently resided at Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island.

She loved her family and helping others. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and baking bread. Ellen had a great faith and loved the Lord and enjoyed reading her Bible every day.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; three brothers, Sam, Frank and Ruben; three sisters, Susie, Rosa and Nellie; step-son, Fred Vossler, Jr; granddaughter, Suzanne Stuenkel; great-granddaughter, Emily Tharp; son-in-law, Marvin Lang.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mary Sue (Stuenkel) Lang of Uehling, Neb. and Rose Marie (Charles) Hollingsworth of Cairo; 1 step-daughter Janice (Larry) Casey of Alfred Station, NY; 8 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren 3 step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran School, Grand Island, Neb.; Cairo Quick Response Team (QRT) in Cairo, Neb. or to Donor’s choice.  Condolences for the family may be submitted online at

1 comment:

  1. I remember Mrs. Vossler well from the 1980s because she was the one always serving the dessert into the lunch trays!! A life well lived.


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