Westminster — Ellen (Anderson) Werner, 95, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Wachusett Manor after a period of declining health.
Ellen was born to Martin and Hilma Anderson on June 22, 1920 in Brockton, Mass. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1938 and from Brockton Business School the following year. She married her high school sweetheart, Harold Werner, in March of 1940 and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage. They were the parents of four children, Brenda, Kent, Mardee and Mark. When Harold was drafted in 1944 Ellen took on the role of an army wife. In November of 1946 Ellen and her first two children flew from East Boston Airport (now Logan Airport) on the first commercial flight to Germany. They joined Lt. Harold in Nuremberg where they lived until April of 1948. While in Nuremberg, Ellen had the opportunity to attend several days of the Nuremberg trials and to visit Czechoslovakia. Throughout the years Ellen always set up comfortable homes for her family wherever her husband was posted including the cities of Madrid, Bad Homburg, Frankfurt and Bangkok. During this time she had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of cultural events, visit many neighboring countries and entertain visiting dignitaries in her home. Not only did Ellen learn the language of the countries she lived in, she also taught English to the local residents. Upon returning to the United States she settled with her family in Brockton, Mass. where she worked as a legal secretary for 12 years. After her husband’s retirement from military service they relocated to San Antonio where they lived for 30 years. When Harold passed away in 2000, Ellen returned to her native Massachusetts, settling in Gardner where she was very active in First Lutheran Church and later Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed speaking Swedish with several of the members. Ellen was an accomplished seamstress, knitter and embroiderer and her annual church fair reaped the benefits of her many handicrafts. She also was a gourmet cook who loved experimenting with new recipes and sharing the results with family and friends. She kept her mind sharp by doing daily crossword puzzles, playing cards and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Through letter writing Ellen consistently stayed in touch with the many friends she made along her life’s journey. Ellen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She dearly cherished the time she spent with her family members.
Ellen is survived by her four children, Brenda Malloy of Westminster, Mass., Kent Werner of Scituate, Mass., Mardee Schweikert of Moss Beach, Calif., and Mark Werner of Vicksburg, Miss.; her nine grandchildren, Wendy Blizman, Karyn Wildes, Thomas Malloy IV, Laura Shaikh, Ian Schweikert, Caroline Moberg, Jeffrey Schweikert, Erik Werner and Kelsey Werner; and her nine great-grandchildren, Madison and Jack Wildes, Delaney Blizman, Grace and Margaret Malloy, Sophia and Vivienne Werner, Luke Moberg and Shahana Shaikh. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Werner; and her three sisters, Ruth Engstrom, Doris Engstrom and Esther Delano. At Ellen’s request there will be no calling hours.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to, may make a contribution in Ellen’s memory to: Faith Lutheran Church, 627 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440. The Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA has been entrusted with Mrs. Werner’s funeral arrangements. Please visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
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