Transition-Ellen Arvilla Lena Guske, Oct. 17, 1922 -- June 30, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ellen Arvilla Lena Guske of Holiday Island, was born October 17, 1922, and departed this life June 30 at the Eureka Springs Hospital.

Ellen grew up in Chicago, and worked 40 plus years with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. She retired in 1982 and moved to Green Forest, Ark., in July 1985. In 2006 she moved to Peachtree Village of Holiday Island, and in 2010 moved to Green Acres Lodge at Holiday Island.

Ellen loved to fish, work with crafts, play games and work in the garden. We'll always remember her as a sweet-natured, generous lady who truly loved her Lord. She always had a positive attitude and a sweet smile for everyone. She was a dedicated Lutheran.

Ellen was the daughter of Fred and Alma (Reickenberg) Guske of Chicago. She graduated from Lakeview High School in Chicago in 1940.

She is survived by sister-in-law, Shirley Guske of Tinley Park, Ill.; nephew, Roy Guske and son, Brett of Tinley Park, Ill; step-nephew, Ron Jones and wife, Pat and children, Adam, Jeremy and Abbey of New Lennox, Ill; step-nephew, David Jones and wife, Dee, and children Michelle Ostrowski and husband, Rob, and son Michael of Munster, Ind.

Ellen was preceded in death by her father, Fred Guske in 1938; mother, Alma Guske in 1988; older brother, Roy in 1959; older sister, Alma in 1988; younger brother, Edwin in 1984.

Visitation was July 5 followed by a funeral service July 6 at Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS) of Holiday Island with Pastor Kenneth Haydon officiating. Interment followed in the Pickens Cemetery in Green Forest under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church of Holiday Island, 179 Holiday Island Drive, Holiday Island, Ark., 72631. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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