In Memory

Ellen Gottsche (Whitcomb)

Ellen Whitcomb, 71, of Moline, died Sunday, August 19, 2018, surrounded by her family and pastor at her side, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

A Memorial service directed by the family, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1724 15th St., Moline.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Salem.  Cremation rites have been accorded and memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church.  Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., is assisting the family.

Ellen was born on July 28, 1947, in Moline, the daughter of F. Allyn and Janette (Hjerpe) Gottsche.  She married Jon Whitcomb on March 12, 1966, at Salem in Moline.

Ellen loved to be around people, whether drinking coffee with her friends, or teaching Sunday School at Salem Lutheran Church, where she was a Children and Family Minister.  She and her husband did most everything together, including camping in their trailer, going on long rides in their convertible, and swing dancing (after Ellen gave Jon lessons).  She loved to knit, read, play card games like canasta and bunco, and enjoyed the flowers in her garden.  While traveling, Ellen liked to listen to books on tape and view the beautiful fall colors, and one of her favorite trips was to Mesa Verde National Park.  She loved visiting Colorado to enjoy nature.  Ellen was a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to not only her immediate family, but to many of her friends’ children.  She loved all her dogs, especially their lab, DD. 

Survivors her husband of 52 years whom she adored (and he adored her too), Jon; children, John (Deborah) Whitcomb of Longmont, CO, Christine Gernant of East Moline, and Jannette Whitcomb of Carbondale, CO; grandchildren, Harrison, Stephan, Madeline, and Ben; great grandchildren, Tristan, Aidyn, Evelyn, and Leilani Rayne; brother, John Gottsche of East Moline.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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08/20/18 01:49 PM #1    

Don Kragness

Sorry to hear this. Ellen was a friend. We shared a lot of classes together and visited often at school.

08/20/18 02:00 PM #2    

Cheryl Anderson (Lehew)

I'm very sorry to hear this news. Ellen was always a pleasant, friendly person. My sincere condolences to her family

08/20/18 03:24 PM #3    

Marji Wenos (Watkins)

Ellen was such a fun, gentle soul.  I enjoyed her laugh and friendship so much in high school.  Ellen is now resting in God's arms and his promise of Eternal Life.  


08/20/18 10:56 PM #4    

Tom Ahlstrand

My deepest sympathies to Ellens' family.  Having known Ellen from Salem at a young age, she was always pleasant and helpful whenever asked. She will be missed by a lot of our mutual classmates and friends.  God be with you Ellen.

08/21/18 12:18 PM #5    

Karen Sandberg (Ege)

A lifetime of wonderful memories with my dear friend!  Rest In Peace my sweet buddy. ❤️

08/21/18 01:01 PM #6    

Virginia (Ginger) Barrett (Wagner)

Our deepest sympathy to Ellen’s family. She was a great friend to all in High School and she seems to have continued that all her life.

Steve and Ginger Wagner 

08/21/18 02:46 PM #7    

Helen Mueller (Drain)

I met Ellen in junior high, she was always a sweet friendly gal.  My deepest sympathy to her family, and to Karen Sandber Ege, who I know has lost the dearest of friends. 

08/21/18 09:17 PM #8    

Cynthia Wilson (Walker)

So sorry to hear of Ellens passing
My thoughts and prayers are with her family. I knew Ellen not only from school but also from Salem going thru confirmation together and Luther League. Also spent many nights at her home for sleepover. R I P Ellen

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