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Ellen Messner

On the night of February 17, 2021, Ellen Louise Messner passed away peacefully at her lifelong home while surrounded by family.

Ellen was born on July 28, 1937 to parents Paul and Myrtle Smith. She was sister to Lester Smith (predeceased). She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Allen Milfred Messner; her children, Colleen (Richard) Hoffner, Connie (Robert) Hovdenes, Steve (Barb) Messner, Arleen (Brian) LaMonica-Dougherty, and Dallas Messner; her grandchildren, Andrea (Dan), Ryan (Jami), Jason (Jodi), Angela (Jesse), Tina (Jason), Jesse (Jana), Tyler, Jacob, Nathan, Megan, Shelby (Nick), Nicole (Tyler), Bethanie, and Chase, and her many great-grandchildren, as well as her dogs, “the kids”, Butch “Butchie” and Tootsie, her wild cats, and many friends, whom she loved like family. She has gone to be with her daughter Char (Wayne) Lesmeister in Heaven.

Ellen was a resident of Sheyenne, North Dakota for over 80 years, and was an active member of the local community. She was involved in a variety of organizations over the years, including Grace Lutheran Church, 3L Homemakers Club, VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Farm Bureau. She also volunteered at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. She enjoyed supporting her children’s school activities as well—she never missed a home basketball game.

Ellen was known for her quick wit, strength of character, sense of humor, and love of socializing with all her family and friends. She loved listening to music and dancing with the love of her life, Allen. The coffee pot was always on and a plate of goodies was always available at her house for anyone who stopped by the farm.

She lived life with an adventurous spirit. She loved to travel, see new sights, and taste new foods. Her final week was spent surrounded by loved ones, in person and through phone and video-calls. Even on her last day, she had some of her favorite food, ice cream.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ellen’s memory to American Cancer Society or Grace Lutheran Church.


Visitation will be Wednesday February 24, 2021 from 9:00-6:00PM, followed by a Prayer Service at 6:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00AM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed my visits with her when we would meet up.Hope all is well with dad🙏

  2. Chase, I’m sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Grandmothers are very special and give us a gift of gracious love, insight to life and just knowing they are only a call away. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your family. ❤️🙏

  3. We were sorry to hear about Ellen’s passing. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family

  5. Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the memories cherish forever. May God rest her soul.

  6. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and grandma. Will always remember Tootie and all our family get togethers growing up. Am forever grateful for all her visits to mom (Leona)while she was in the nursing home there. Sharing in your loss.

    Deloris (Bouret) Geiger

  7. Tina and Family – so sorry to hear about your loss – you are in Doug and my thoughts and prayers –

  8. RIP

  9. Allen, we have so many wonderful memories of the times we were all together. Ellen was one of a kind. She was loving, kind, caring, and a hoot to be with. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to know you both. If not for you all being in Korea, our paths would have never crossed! We know your wonderful family will be there for you, and you will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Ellen’s family and friends.
    Rod and Karen

  11. I loved visiting with Aunt Tootie at family functions that she would come too. She was always happy, warm, funny and caring. I will miss those times with her.
    Allen and Family she loved you guys with all her heart you could tell that about the way she talked about you guys. I hope that the memories of her will in someway fill the void that her loss will bring you.

    My Sympathy to all of you,

    Vickie Erickson

  12. Sorry for the loss of your mom, she will be missed but never forgotten. Cherish the wonderful memories.
    God Bless
    Ron Berglund

  13. My deepest sympathy for your loss. I was lucky enough to meet her three summers ago, while brining my mother back for a visit. They had not seen each other for many years and they visited the afternoon sharing wonderful memories.


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