November 20, 1920 - December 21, 2017
Margarete (Margie) Ellis was born on November 20, 1920, in Vienna, Austria. She lived in Taft from 1947 until 2014, and passed away peacefully in Canyon Lake, California, on December 21, 2017.
Born Margarete Maria Helena Wolfer to Maria and Herman Wolfer; she was later raised as the only child of her mother and stepfather, Rudolph Weisinger. She pursued an education that included the mastery of three languages (German, English, and French) and upon graduation worked for Creditanstalt, the largest bank in Austria, rising to become the executive assistant to the president of the bank. Throughout her life she was an accomplished pianist and had a love for all animals, especially dogs.
Following the Nazi occupation of Austria during World War II, Margie met John (Jack) Ellis, a doctor and medical Lieutenant Colonal for the United States Army during the War. On September 7, 1946, they were married at the Parish Breitenfeld Catholic Church in Vienna. Their wedding was quite the affair that included singing by The Vienna Boys Choir; people off the street gathered outside the Church to witness the event! After touring the Swiss Alps and other parts of Europe on their honeymoon, Margie and Jack came to the United States in April 1947, and initially settled in Salinas.
Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Taft when an opportunity presented itself for Jack to take over a small but successful medical practice. It was here, in Taft, that she would make their home and nurture her loving and growing family. Margie was a devout Catholic, faithfully serving the parish of St Mary’s. She was involved in various activities over the years and met many of her friends through bowling, a luncheon/bridge club where many delicious recipes were shared, and of course golfing at Buena Vista Golf Course. She had a love for the outdoors and adventure as the couple would take their children on different vacations every year so that they could experience quality family time, and different things that life could offer. In 1976, Margie's beautiful mother, Maria, came to live with them from Vienna until her death in 1996. This was a wonderful accomplishment for Margie; to have her mother in Taft with her, as she had written at least one letter to her every week for 29 years!
Margie's greatest treasure was her family; the couple was blessed with seven children. She is survived by her children Christine "Kiki" Young, Mark Ellis and wife Karen, Susan DeCant, John Ellis and wife Patty, and daughter-in-law Parinaz Ellis. Her grandchildren Angela (Young) Sommer and husband Doug, Lisa (Young) O'Meara and husband Jim, Lesley (DeCant) Casey, Stephanie Ellis, Lindsey Ellis, Jacqueline Ellis, Jessica Ellis, Andrew Ellis, Carolyn Ellis, and Sarah (Ellis) Vie and husband Josh. Her legacy continues through her seven great grandchildren (with one more on the way). Margarete joins in death her husband John, whom she was happily married to for almost 59 years, mother Maria, son Robert, and daughters Mary and Elizabeth.
A funeral service to honor Margarete will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft, California, on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:00am followed by a graveside burial.
In lieu of flowers, Margarete’s family requests donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease.