Kathleen “Suzy” Ellison, 67 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN with her loving family at her side.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.

Kathleen Susan Hesse was born on April 15, 1951 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Grand Forks, ND the daughter Adelbert and Jean (Brage) Hesse.  She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks, MN.  She graduated from East Grand Forks Senior High in the class of 1969.

After high school, Suzy worked as a waitress at various places in Grand Forks.  While working at the Holiday Inn she met her future husband Clair Ellison.  They were married August 24, 1972 at First Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks.  They lived in Grand Forks where they continued to work at the Holiday Inn.  In 1973 they moved to Moorhead, MN where they worked at the Ramada Inn.  Finally settling in Thief River Falls in 1975 where they helped open the Best Western.

After the Best Western opened, Suzy worked at various businesses in Thief River Falls that included Pamida, Larson Music, Poppler’s Furniture and retired from Digi-Key in 2013 after 21 years.  Suzy and Clair moved to San Tan Valley, AZ in 2015 and returned to Thief River Falls in 2018.

Suzy loved spending time with her granddaughters Caitlynn and Brianne, lounging in her backyard pool in AZ, and loved putting on miles visiting casinos with family and friends.  Suzy liked to seasonally decorate everything for every occasion including herself, her desk and her home.

Survivors include her loving husband Clair; son Chris (Nicky) Ellison; grandchildren Caitlynn and Brianne all of Thief River Falls; siblings, Michelle Mazur, Ronda (Rick) Hogan all of Grand Forks, Adele (David) Rosencrans of Thief River Falls and Pauleen (John) Hinkley of Halstad, MN; brother-in-law Richard (Kathy) Ellison of Grand Forks; niece Lindsay (Kal) Triplett of Larimore, ND; half-sisters Sharyl (Alvin) Sunsdahl of Goodridge, MN and Shirley (Jeff) Dahlen of Thief River Falls; and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Clair’s parents Carlton and Leota Ellison; nephew Michael Ellison; half-brother Darwin Stack; and infant siblings.


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