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Dr. Ellen L.

Welcomed into Heaven by her Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at the age of 64.  Dear sister of Gretchen (Scott) Dummann, Pastor John (Wendy) Gawrisch, Daniel Gawrisch, and Jenny (Paul) Rindal.

Beloved Aunt of Kathryn (Eric), Matthew (Nicole), Carolyn (Anthony), Mark, Christine, John (Jowell), Joseph (Emily), Laura (Dale), Lisa (Brandon), Kelly (Kirk), Kimberly (Scott), David (Katie), Daniel (Kaitlin), Eric (Lolitta), and Jill (Michael).

Great aunt of Aidan, Asa, Eli, Johann, Tyler, Ryan, Natalie, Bria, Kayla, Lauren, Ethan, Elias, Ella, Elayna, Brody, Harper, Bryce, Brady, Braxton, Owen, Kallie, Brooks, McKenna, Joshua, and Christopher.

Preceded in death by her parents Professor Wilbert and Marilyn Gawrisch.  Also survived by other relatives and friends.

A limited visitation will be held on Thursday, May 14th, from 2:30pm – 6:30pm at Star of Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church, 3700 S. Casper Dr., New Berlin.  Please keep in mind that as a result of the ongoing pandemic, only 10 visitors will be allowed inside the church at a time, and the family thanks you for your patience.    

Ellen was a longtime member at Star of Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church in New Berlin, and was an anesthesiologist  for many years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Elm Brook Hospital in Brookfield, and Mercy Hospital in Janesville.

Memorials to Star of Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church appreciated.


  1. Christine Binter May 11, 2020 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Romans 4:25 He (Jesus our Lord) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
    Through God’s Grace, Ellen walked the road to heaven with strong faith and encouragement to family and friends.
    By faith and strength from God, Ellen carried a busy schedule of the most complex anesthesiology cases at the hospital; and made time to “check in”
    as a Christian friend with a Bible passage and see how things were going. From our first meeting in fourth grade, Ellen was a true Christian friend;
    bringing life’s worry to God in prayer and carrying life’s worry as a friend- through riding in the car pool to Wisco studying Latin together all the way to her anesthesiology practice
    of accepting my dad as her patient for successful bypass surgery that extended his life for decades. As quick as could be in a thank-you word to Ellen as our true Christian joy; Ellen
    returned by saying, “The joy goes both ways”. As this wonderful Christian friend walked life by faith, raised to life through our Savior’s work of justification, I will miss Ellen “checking in” and can’t wait to see her in Heaven!

  2. Mandi Holcomb May 12, 2020 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Dr. Gawrisch was a beautiful person. She cared greatly for her patients and coworkers. She was committed to providing best practices to her patients. I am so grateful to have known her. The world will miss her. My thoughts and prayers to her family during this difficult time.

  3. Fred Becker May 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    May Father God bless and comfort those left behind, and especially bless Jen who poured care into her beloved sister over these last few years. Also Paul who supported Jen’s efforts. ‘Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted’. Mather 5:4

  4. Richard Cherwenka MD May 14, 2020 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    It was my good fortune to know Ellen at Elmbrook Hospital where we were partners in the Department of Anesthesia. Professionally, and it goes without saying, Ellen was exceptional. But, what I most admired,was her unwavering dedication and love in caring for her ailing parents and her genuine warmth and thoughtfulness toward all people she touched. God bless you Ellen.

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